Dust Bowl Theater
304 N. Main Street,
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Previous Names: Eloy Theater
The Eloy Theatre was opened by 1941 with 675 seats. There were 120 seats in the balcony. It was owned and operated by local merchant that had managed it and lost it due to health and personal reasons. By 1950 it had been renamed Dust Bowl Theater and was still open in 1957.
No equipment on premise…Was abandoned for about 10 years…fell into tax problems…taken over by the county…was auctioned out but never sold…years later… 1999 or 2000 it was donated to our Ministry…started remodeling, with new electrical box…water main tap…plumbing to city codes…. Funding is our main hold up…and looking for options…. for more information…inquire at: E.M.A. POB 502 Eloy, AZ 85231 OR E-MAIL:
In the mid-2010’s the marquee was removed from the front of the building.
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theater listed for sale on loopnet
What’s the status of this place? Did it ever sell?
Here is an article from last December:
Here’s a 2006 view of the ELOY: http://www.rushcreekgallery.com/lfop/index.html
Yes, this is the Dustbowl theatre. Eloy only had one theatre besides the “Y” drive in.
The Eloy Theatre is listed in the 1941 and 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity of 300. It is the only theatre in town.
However, listed in the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. is the Dust Bowl Theatre with 675 seats and the Eloy Theatre with 400 seats.
Listed as the Dustbowl in the 1963 IMPA. Operator was Louis F. Long Enterprises.
I think it was the same theater, should be an aka.
Here is a 2009 photo:
From 1961 a photo postcard view of Main Street and the Dust Bowl Theater in Eloy.