We feel the middle row seats are best. There has been times when confetti drops from the ceiling and it at times it only goes towards the middle row seats and front of balcony. That has been our experience. The balcony looks cool, because your looking down. But keep in mind that it's farther from the restroom down on the lower level.
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History of the Theatre
See movies like they were meant to be seen!
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In the 1920s, real estate developer Charles Toberman and Sid Grauman built the Egyptian, Chinese and El Capitan theatres. Los Angeles based Stiles O. Clements designed the elaborate cast-concrete Spanish Colonial style exterior; San Francisco architect G. Albert Lansburgh, known for his design of over 50 West Coast theatres and luxury cinema houses, designed the lavish East Indian inspired interior. Stars of the stage attended the opening of the El Capitan Theatre, the largest legitimate theatre in Hollywood, which debuted on May 3, 1926. They filled the 1,550 seat theatre, dubbed 'Hollywood's First Home of Spoken Drama', for the premiere of the fresh-from-Broadway play CHARLOT'S REVUE, starring Jack Buchanan, Gertrude Lawrence, and Beatrice Lillie.
In 1941, the El Capitan Theatre was converted from a playhouse to a movie theatre. Searching for a theatre in Hollywood to premiere his controversial film, CITIZEN KANE, Orson Welles rented the El Capitan. On May 8, 1941, Welles' first feature film, CITIZEN KANE, premiered at the El Capitan Theatre. Shortly thereafter, the theatre closed for a two month renovation and modernization. The theatre reopened in March 1942 as the Hollywood Paramount, a new, streamlined 'art moderne' first run movie house. Meanwhile, the El Capitan name and the entire El Capitan staff moved to the nearby Hollywood Playhouse.
In 1989, the Walt Disney Company joined forces with Pacific Theatres and launched a two-year, museum quality restoration of The El Capitan, led by renowned theatre designer Joseph J. Musil. Musil with the supervision of the National Park Service's Department of the Interior, and guidance from conservator Martin Weil and architect Ed Fields, achieved the goal recreating the original 1926 look and feel -- including original design elements such as the ornate plasterwork found hidden behind walls and the opera boxes in the main auditorium. The theatre reopened its doors to the public on June 19, 1991 for the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' THE ROCKETEER. THE ROCKETEER became the first of many Walt Disney Pictures feature films to premiere at the El Capitan Theatre.
About the Organ
The spectacular 4/37 Wurlitzer has four keyboards and 37 ranks of pipes, each of which represent different musical instruments. It was the last of five magnificent 'Fox Specials' built in the 1920's, and is considered the top of the line in theater organs and was designed with all the 'bells and whistles' for movie palaces. It was meticulously restored over a one-year period and installed by G.M. Buck Pipe Organs, Inc. of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Theatre organ experts Gordon Kibbee and Bill Schutz served as consultants on the project and wrote all the specifications.
Over 2500 pipes have been installed in four chambers - two in each side of the theatre. The largest pipe is over 32 feet long! The El Capitan's 'Mighty Wurlitzer' was originally installed in 1929 at the World Famous San Francisco Fox Theatre and subsequently purchased by Frank Lanterman in 1963 for his home in La Canada. Since its installation, this marvelous instrument, the 'Mightiest of Mighty Wurlitzers' which was dormant for so long, has come to life again, performing to a new audience of hundreds of thousands of people at Hollywood's Classic Movie Palace, The El Capitan Theatre.
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Assisted Listening Devices
A limited number of Listening Devices (which amplify the sound of the movie), Closed Captioning Devices and Descriptive Narrative Devices are available at no cost at the theatre and require a driver's license or credit card as security. Guests requiring this service should see the theatre manager 30 minutes prior to show time. Groups with members requiring assisted listening devices, please contact our Customer Service office at (818) 845-3110.
A limited number of accessible seating for physically challenged Guests (as well as Companion Seating) are located in the orchestra level. There is no elevator at the theatre for the Balcony Level (this is only accessible via the stairs). Please select HC seating as part of your booking. Guests requiring extra assistance may be permitted to enter the theatre before the doors are opened. Please see a cast member when you arrive at the theatre.
Restrooms are located on the lower and balcony levels of the theatre. Two wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located on the main floor (street level).
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Although animals are not permitted in the theatre, an exception is made for service animals. Please inform a cast member if any accommodations are required at time of ticket purchase. Guests who use service animals must retain control of their animals at all times and should keep them on a leash or harness while visiting.
We look forward to seeing you at the theatre. In order to make your experience more enjoyable, please reference our Theatre Policies and Code of Conduct.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR THEATRE MANAGER: COVID 19 UPDATE
To Our Family At El Campanil Theatre:
First and foremost, let us say that we hope that in this time of disease, economic strife, and civil unrest that we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy.
Over the last few months, Executive Director Rick Carraher, Programming Director Steven Shore, and myself (along with the help of many others) have debated about our responsibilities to the community, and our feasibility in offering the same quality live entertainment that we have offered since 2004.
With much deliberation and with much difficulty, it has become clear that in considering ongoing and projected restrictions and limitations, it will be impossible to present the currently scheduled concerts and performances we had planned for the remainder of the 2020 season.
However, we are excited to share with you an alternative and creative programming plan to keep El Campanil open, functioning and available to entertain the community.
Our final decision regarding our programming rested on three factors:
1. The safety of our patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff;
2. The economic feasibility of producing a full-scale event at a limited capacity;
3. The quality of entertainment our guests have come to expect from El Campanil Theatre.
Therefore, the 2020 events—as they stand—will be replaced by a series entitled “Stage & Screen”; a 30-minute live concert from an established solo or duo performer and friend of ECT, paired with a big screen Feature Film attraction for a memorable family-friendly event. We felt that hearkening back to the days of live entertainment immediately preceding the “talkies” was a wonderful tribute to not only the past of El Campanil, but also the future, as these brand new concert events are something that no other company will be offering.
We are planning to start this event series in September of 2020, barring any further complications from COVID-19.
This brand-new series concept will be a wonderful and safe way to continue to enjoy the arts in Antioch, and I think we can all agree that they are needed now more than ever.
We thank you for your patience, understanding, and support during this difficult time, and thank you for being a part of our El Campanil Family.
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