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. By 2016 it had closed.

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kencmcintyre on November 17, 2007 at 4:26 pm

There is another photo of the theater on this page:

kencmcintyre on November 17, 2007 at 5:04 pm

If I rest, then I have to work. This is my excuse not to work. Don’t interfere.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on June 4, 2008 at 8:02 am

A 1986 view of the Rialto Theater in El Dorado.

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.

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.

Cimarron on April 25, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Upload of Rialto pic added to Photo Section

Chris1982 on August 14, 2015 at 11:49 pm

National Register information:

Status Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 21, 1986 Reference number 86001888 Architectural style Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival Area of significance Architecture Level of significance State Evaluation criteria C – Design/Construction Property type Building Historic function Theater Period of significance 1925-1949 Significant year 1929

Trolleyguy on July 1, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Status should be closed. No listings on net and Facebook page is down.

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