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Campanella, Mike
MC 61  
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Michael Campanella (1894-1960) was Sacramento boxing promoter and dance hall proprietor. The films in this collection document his life in Sacramento and include footage of Dreamland Dance Hall and K Street scenes, along with many views of his travels in Italy.
Background
Michael Campanella was Sacramento dance hall proprietor and boxing manager. Born in 1894 in Potenza, Italy, he immigrated to the United States in 1902. Campanella married May in 1925 and had two sons: Donald and Michael. He worked as a laundryman from the late-1920s until the late-1930s, when he found work as a bartender at Dreamland Dance Hall. By 1940, he co-owned the hall with Charles W. Morgan. The Dreamland Dance Hall was located at 917 and 919 Sixth Street from the early 30s through 1953. For most of its operation, it was a popular taxi dance hall, offering 10-cent partner dances and beer. Campanella's co-owner, Charles W. Morgan passed away in 1953 from a sudden illness. Campanella continued to operate the business until his death in 1960 and over time became affectionately known as "Dreamland Mike." In addition to his work for Dreamland Dance Hall, Campanella worked as a boxing promoter, bringing young fighters to the Sacramento area in the late-1940s through the 1950s.
Extent
4 Reels 8mm color film; 48 minutes