Downtown Las Vegas Structures El Portal Theater
This is the first building in Las Vegas to have air conditioning.
Film negative of El Portal Theatre, Las Vegas, 1930. Elton and Madelaine Garret Photo Collection. UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives.
Photograph of El Portal theatre interior, Las Vegas, 1928. E. W. Cragin Collection. UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives.
Ladies of the Mob. Directed by William A. Wellman, performances by Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, Paramount Pictures, 1928. Fair Use.
El Portal Theater wall marker reads:
This building was Las Vegas' cultural center for many years. Its 700 seat auditorium and elegant Spanish motif lobby were used for films, plays, music recitals, vaudeville shows, and high school graduations and other social events.
Opened in 1928. Closed in the late 1970s.
Architect: Charles Alexander MacNelledge.
First film screened: Ladies of the Mob.
Located in Clark's Las Vegas Townsite (Block 31).
Located at 310 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada.