El Campanil Theatre, Antioch CA – Project 365

Located in the heart of downtown Antioch, along the waterfront and in what is now known as the Rivertown Business District, El Campanil Theatre opened its doors on November 1, 1928. The Theatre served as a venue for both vaudeville and movies. It was built at a cost of $500,000. Among the performers to appear at the theater were Roy Rogers, Mary Pickford, Sally Rand, and Donald O’Connor.

Its Spanish Colonial/Spanish Gothic style facade was unusual because as the theater’s name suggests, it had three archways, each with a bell inside it, with the largest arch and bell being in the middle over the main entrance, three stories up. The auditorium still has its original ornate painting and Moorish chandeliers and wall sconces. The dressing rooms are adorned with hundreds of autographs that date back to the theater’s opening.

After decades serving as a movie house, the El Campanil closed, but later was reopened, serving as a church. The theater was purchased by a non-profit foundation in 2003. It now presents a wide variety of entertainment opportunities including Classic Films, Live Theatre, Concerts, Symphony, Ballet, Comedy and is host to numerous local dance and community based organizations such as the Antioch Rivertown Theatre Group.

  • Location: Antioch, CA
  • Camera: Sony SLT-A77V
  • Lens Model: Sony DT 16–105mm F/3.5–5.6 (SAL–16105)
  • Focal Length (FF): 30mm, 82mm, 33mm & 42mm
  • FNumber: 10
  • Exposure Times: 1/200, 1/320, 1/400 & 1/320
  • Exposure Mode: Auto bracket
  • Exposure Program: Manual
  • Exposure Bias Value: 0
  • Metering Mode: Pattern
  • White Balance: Daylight
  • Sensitivity (ISO): 100
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