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El Campanil Set to Launch Classic Film Series

by ECT

The El Campanil Theatre in the City of Antioch announced that it will launch a Classic Film Series beginning on March 27 which includes 7 classic films.

Ticks are $10 or $8 for senior/youths. Available online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com or by calling the ticket office at. (925) 757-9500.

  • Raiders Of The Lost Ark (3/27)
  • A League Of Their Own (4/10)
  • Do The Right Thing (4/24)
  • Young Frankenstein (5/15)
  • Selena (5/29)
  • Jaws (6/12)
  • Dirty Dancing (6/26)

For more than 70 years, film showings have been a cornerstone of the programming at El Campanil Theatre in some form or other. Now, as Contra Costa County finally enters the “red” zone of COVID regulations (allowing movie theaters to reopen with limited capacity), El Campanil Theatre has relaunched their Classic Film Series on occasional Saturday afternoons, beginning March 27th.

“With light starting to peer in at the end of the tunnel, we wanted to remember why we love going to the movies in the first place,” says Executive Director Joel Roster. “This series—from roaring adventures to blistering dramas to guilty pleasures—is meant to encompass all of those feelings that stir within us in a movie theatre.”

The films in this particular batch—starting with the immortal adventure Raiders of the Lost Ark—only span the years of 1977-1997, which certainly seem more recent than the “Classic Film” moniker would suggest, but as Roster puts it: “An older film doesn’t necessary mean it’s a ‘classic’, and vice-versa.” While these films have more of a “modern classic” vibe, Roster is adamant that older films have always been a firm part of their series, and will continue to be so in months and years to come.

Following Raiders will be Penny Marshall’s baseball comedy A League Of Their Own, Spike Lee’s remarkable drama Do The Right Thing, Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, the uplifting biopic Selena starring Jennifer Lopez, Steven Spielberg’s pulse-pounding summer thriller Jaws, and the time-of-your-life celebration of Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

The venue, built in 1928 primarily as a vaudeville and performing arts touring house, boasts 640 seats, which has been meticulously replanned to space out 100 people with more than 6 feet of personal distance between parties. Masks will continue to be required indoors, and temperature checks will be issued upon entering.

Tickets are limited to 100 persons per performance, and can be obtained by visiting elcampaniltheatre.com  or by calling (925) 757-9500.

A full listing of the theatre’s upcoming events (as well as COVID precautions) can be found at www.elcampaniltheatre.com .

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