El Dorado Theatre

5909 E. Broadway Boulevard,
Tucson, AZ 85711

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Cine El Dorado

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ABC’s El Dorado Theatre was the first theatre in Tucson to accommodate multiple film formats, including 70mm. It had 725 seats. The official opening was June 14, 1967 with a world premiere of “El Dorado”. In June 1975 it was expanded with the addition of a second screen.

The El Dorado Theatre was later taken over by Cineplex Odeon, and in 1988 the original theatre and its addition were demolished. A 2,000-seat six-screen multiplex of the same name was built at a different location on E. Broadway Boulevard.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Great ads Mike,“French Connection II” certainly a disappointment at many theatres.

Logan5
Logan5 on February 27, 2012 at 8:07 am

The El Dorado was part of the Plitt chain and then Cineplex Odeon when I lived in Tucson in the late ‘80s.

mousemovie
mousemovie on March 8, 2012 at 5:20 am

IA – Mr. Congelli and Frank are a couple of names I haven’t heard in a very long time. Good times…

ajtarantex
ajtarantex on January 21, 2013 at 2:07 am

yeah Ed Congelli was at the Northpoint and the District Office in San Francisco when it ABC Plitt. Jackie was his Assistant

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on August 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Aerial photos show that the 2nd screen was built on the west side of the original.

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on August 13, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Here are said aerials:http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=2000&lon=-110.86620882154&lat=32.221724912524&year=1980

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on August 29, 2014 at 1:22 am

My mom, my aunt, & my nana saw A New Hope here.

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on September 10, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Here’s a link to a photo when they were replacing the 2-screen building with the 6-screen building:http://tucson.com/news/local/tucson-time-capsule-el-dorado-movie-theater-made-way-for/article_6f986ee0-9111-5956-89b4-0cbce2a2f14f.html

rivest266
rivest266 on October 21, 2016 at 12:20 am

June 14th,1967 grand opening ad in the photo section for this cinema.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 21, 2016 at 12:26 am

June 26th, 1975 grand opening ad for this cinema as a twin also in the photo section.

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