El Dorado Theater

206 S. Main Street,
El Dorado, KS 67042

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Previously operated by: Fox Midwest Theatres

Architects: U.G. Charles

Functions: Café

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El Dorado Theater

The El Dorado Theater opened May 30, 1921 with “Deception”. By the early-1940’s it was operated by Fox Midwest Amusement Corp. It was still open in 1956, but had closed by 1957. The building is now home to a cafe.

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Trolleyguy on July 27, 2010 at 10:02 pm

This theater was recently featured on the “American Picers” show on the History Channel.

There were quite a few shots of the interior, showing the stage and the balcony still in place. The owner is divesting himself of a lot of the artifacts that are inside.

Trolleyguy on July 27, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Sorry for the typo. That’s “American Pickers.”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 27, 2010 at 10:08 pm

I was told the PICKERS were in Swainsboro,Georgia at the old Drive-in there.I missed that show. Hi-Way 56 Drive-in on CT.

DavidZornig on July 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm

I just saw the “American Pickers” episode as well. I hope when the current owners vacate, that it can be saved or put back to use as a theater.
It appeared that it hadn’t been altered that much. Just a lot of antiques spread throuhout. Even in the balcony. Kudos to the current owners for keeping it as is.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 22, 2010 at 1:08 am

From 2010 a close up photo image of the El Dorado sign & marquee along with a view if the El Dorado Building.

Patsy on September 27, 2010 at 7:46 pm

I just the Pickers episode, but didn’t see the balcony and stage areas though did see a glimpse of the marquee at the end of the show. I agree with David Zornig….hope when the current owners vacate, that it can put back to use as a theater.

dallasmovietheaters on June 13, 2016 at 7:51 pm

The El Dorado launched on May 30, 1921 with “Deception.” It competed against the Gem Theatre, Eris Theatre, Belmont/Palace, and the Royal theatres

Nibco on September 7, 2017 at 1:27 pm

That’s my grandparents theatre. And yes, they were on American Pickers. However, Mike, my grandfather, died last year January. My grandmother is hoping to sell everything in it and the building.

Cush on September 18, 2017 at 10:06 am

Hello Nibco, I would be interested in any cars that are for sale at your grand parents property. Do you know who i can contact to find out whats available? My phone number is 314-532-9892. Thanks Harold

MACKabiVIPer42 on July 10, 2018 at 11:22 pm

I worked there with Peggy and with Phyllis Jean Warren back in 1964 summer time it had movies for 10 cents for the children with El Dorado Swimming park badge I saw lot great movies there Paul and Julie were the owners at the time I worked there

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