El Rey Theater

230 W. 2nd Street,
Chico, CA 95928

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Larkkspur on January 30, 2005 at 11:13 pm

Rumors are afoot that the El Rey might be sold, demolished and turned into office space. I’ve been going there for years and would hate to see it go. The Chico News & Review ran a story on this rumor last week and the student paper, The Orion, will publish a story on it Wednesday.

FLEABttn on September 15, 2004 at 2:37 am

I believe Regal paid for those black reclining seats in there as well.

The walls inside the theater are nicely painted, but have faded with time and water damage.

The function of the theater isn’t completely correct. The theater shows first runs movies as its primary function (and it obtains exclusive screening rights for these movies in Chico, as in the movie being shown there won’t be shown at the 10 screen downtown). However, from September to December, and then late January/early February to about May, it shows older movies, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at midnight. Last weekend was Snatch, this weekend is Purple Rain, next weekend is South Park.

To my understanding, it has the largest screen in California north of Sacramento.

GaryParks on July 2, 2004 at 9:30 pm

With Regal’s acquisition of the UA circuit, money was actually spent to repair the El Rey’s facade and restore the marquee and sign’s neon. Very refreshing to see.