The historic Rialto Theatre, an 83-year-old El Dorado landmark, would undergo renovations as part of a $50 million plan to create an arts district in downtown El Dorado.
The El Dorado City Council will contribute $9 million toward the development of a downtown arts district. The unanimous vote came late last week.
It’s part of a larger $50 million initiative that will include a renovation of the historic Rialto Theatre, a city landmark that dates back to 1929. It will house the Southern Theatre Festival. The funding also will be used to build an arts administration building, public art gallery, parks, and public restrooms, among other upgrades, according to Austin Barrow, president of El Dorado Festivals and Events Inc.
Retired Dallas Morning News photographer and Marshall, Texas, native Richard Michael Pruitt presents his documentary, "From Bombs to Birds," on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. The 54-minute documentary screens at the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church in Marshall. Pruitt spent two years exploring the transformation of thousands of acres of land from the former Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant into the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Two Native American galleries are set to open at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport. They feature the Poverty Point culture and the Caddo Nation. The museum constructed a glass case to display a 30-foot long canoe constructed of a single bald cypress tree dating back 1,000 years. It was found on the banks of the Red River in 1983. A seven-minute documentary explains how it was preserved. The opening reception is Saturday, Oct. 20, from noon to 4 p.m.