El Dorado Theatre

5909 E. Broadway Boulevard,
Tucson, AZ 85711

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Previously operated by: ABC Theatres, Cineplex Odeon, Plitt Theatres

Architects: Henry George Greene

Styles: Spanish Colonial

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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

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

Logan5 on February 27, 2012 at 12:07 am

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

mousemovie on March 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm

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

ajtarantex on January 20, 2013 at 6:07 pm

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

Tucsonman on August 5, 2014 at 8:12 am

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

Tucsonman on August 13, 2014 at 9:54 am

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

Tucsonman on August 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm

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

Tucsonman on September 10, 2014 at 10:55 am

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 on October 20, 2016 at 4:20 pm

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

rivest266 on October 20, 2016 at 4:26 pm

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

MSC77 on February 25, 2018 at 9:51 am

Here’s the link to a new historical article about large format and roadshow presentations at El Dorado and other Tucson cinemas.

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