Rialto Theater

117 E. Cedar Street,
El Dorado, AR 71730

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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.

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.

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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”.

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

This is another 1984 photo.

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

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

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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.

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 7:30 pm

A more recent photo can be seen here. Is this theater still open? The sign below the marquee appears to read “I’m haunted but you know that”.

DonLewis on June 4, 2008 at 8:02 am

A 1986 view of the Rialto Theater in El Dorado.

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Lost Memory on November 26, 2007 at 7:03 am

Here is another recent photo of the Rialto Theater.

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Lost Memory on November 17, 2007 at 5:07 pm

I think that actually makes sense.

The address is 113 E. Cedar Street, there are three screens, and this is the Stars Theaters website.

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.

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Lost Memory on November 17, 2007 at 4:42 pm

Thats the same http://www.arkansas.com/ link you posted May 27, 2006, only this is a direct link to the photo. Take a rest.

kencmcintyre on November 17, 2007 at 4:26 pm

There is another photo of the theater on this page:

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Lost Memory on January 10, 2007 at 9:43 am

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986

Rialto Theatre ** (added 1986 – Building – #86001888)
117 E. Cedar St., El Dorado
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Kolben,Hunter & Boyd
Architectural Style: Classical Revival
Area of Significance: Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Vacant/Not In Use

kencmcintyre on May 27, 2006 at 8:16 am

There is another photo on this site:

teecee on August 31, 2005 at 2:35 am

A Moller organ, opus 4310, was installed in this theatre in 1925.

Small photo at this link:

TheRockChurches on March 26, 2005 at 4:25 pm


Is the theatre still for sale?
If so, Please notify us – we would be very interested
thank you

longislandmovies on February 6, 2005 at 9:27 am