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El Dorado Gears up for Arts District's Grand Opening

A planned $100 million entertainment district in El Dorado has a new name as the city gears up for a grand opening later this year.

The entertainment district will be called the Murphy Arts District. The first phase of the project is a music hall, amphitheater, restaurant and children's play area. The second phase is a $32 million renovation of the 1920s Rialto Theater plus the creation of a new art gallery, exhibition hall and artist-in-residence quarters.

Officials say the district is named for El Dorado-based companies Murphy USA, Murphy Oil Corp. and Deltic Timber Corp.

The five-day, grand-opening event in September will feature concerts from Brad Paisley, Train, ZZ Top, Ludacris, Smokey Robinson and others.