El Campanil Theatre will relaunch its Classic Film Series on Saturday afternoons beginning Nov. 7. The series was halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but now that Contra Costa County has entered the “red” zone of COVID-19 regulations, movie theaters will be allowed to reopen with limited capacity.
“We only wanted to do this if we could make absolutely certain we could keep patrons and staff safe,” theater manager Joel Roster said. “That has been our only aim since this pandemic exploded. Luckily, with the sheer size of our venue, we can seat a maximum of 100 patrons comfortably and safely.”
The venue, built in 1928 primarily as a vaudeville and performing arts touring house, boasts 640 seats, which have been meticulously replanned by Roster and Executive Director Rick Carraher to space out 100 people with more than 6 feet of personal distance between parties.
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