Rialto Theater

117 E. Cedar Street,
El Dorado, AR 71730

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Rialto Theater

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Built on the site of an earlier Rialto Theater (1921-1928), the Rialto Theater opened in 1929, with seating for 1,400, originally presenting both live stage shows in addition to movies.

The Rialto Theater closed in 1980, but was restored in 1987 and reopened and once more showed movies, now subdivided into 3-screens. By 2013 it was a live-music venue.

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kencmcintyre on July 3, 2008 at 7:58 pm

I can’t find any current showtimes, but that’s not always definitive.

If you scroll about a quarter of the way down, there is an interesting treatise on the Rialto and some other El Dorado theaters here. It’s the first article in Volume 2 of the journal.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 3, 2008 at 8:20 pm

Very interesting. The description above should mention that there was a previous Rialto Theater at this location that operated from 1921-1928 and was demolished and replaced by this Rialto Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 8, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Here is an October 2008 photo. It still doesn’t look open to me.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 27, 2009 at 8:03 pm

This is another 1984 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm

According to a 2008 story in the El Dorado News Times, “Star Theaters had rented the theater for showing movies, but early in the fall the closed sign went up and did not come down”.

spectrum on September 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

According to the current Google Street view, the Rialto is now open as a live music venue. Karaoke featured every Wedneday night. Could not find a website listing for them though.

SwinerBock on September 26, 2013 at 8:05 pm

The Rialto has been purchased by a non-profit to be remodeled / expanded to be the centerpiece of a new downtown theatre district in El Dorado. Think Shakespeare and such. Tentative plans are to open for business summer of 2015.

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