EL DORADO, Ark. - With this week's opening of a stunning new arts district, the South Arkansas town of El Dorado is hoping for a gold rush of tourism.
The Murphy Arts District (MAD) launches a $54 million renovation in the former oil boomtown that is essentially creating a new neighborhood in the city.
Today, it includes a restaurant, a cabaret lounge and a 2000-seat music hall. In the surrounding six blocks visitors will find a larger amphitheater and the biggest playground in Arkansas, which features fountains and a zip line. And this is just stage one.
Phase two, which will turn the 1920s Rialto Theater into an art gallery for a cool $32 million, is expected to be complete next year.
Click here for more on the Murphy Arts District kickoff to see the entertainment acts lined up for the event.
Check out the gallery below of artist renderings of the renovations.
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