SECOND REEL – Troy and Davin Allison hosted a meeting at the Opera House Theatre in downtown El Dorado Springs on Monday, July 1, to start the process of raising money to purchase a digital projector for the movie theatre that has been closed for several months. Davin said that when they opened the theatre five years ago only 1% of the theaters in the United States used digital projectors. Now its 85%.
“We thought we had time,” Davin said, “to get the money.” He said that the 1974 projector that they have been using limited the number of films that they could get and the availability of some films.
He said, “El Dorado Springs needs this theatre.”
The Allison’s have decided that the theatre would be better off if it was owned by a not-for-profit 501C3 that could raise the money for the digital projector and run the theatre for the benefit of the community. They’ll work through the Community Foundation of El Dorado Springs to raise the money.
The current board members are Ron Alumbaugh, Teresa Hoover, Paula Newman, Greg Allison and Jami Carpenter. Their first meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 8, in the Spring City Revitalization Group’s office in the downstairs of the Old Community Building. Please feel free to attend if you’re interested.
El Dorado Springs has a history of having theaters, at onetime several in the downtown district. The movie theatre that was at the same location as the Opera House Theatre closed in 1971. The Allisons opened their enterprise in 2008.