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PURPLE RAIN

Albert Magnoli

  • 111 minutes
  • 1984

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  • Thursday May 5
  • 7pm and 9:30pm

Join us as The Pageant Theater presents a special screening celebrating the life and music of PRINCE. Advance tickets available beginning Tuesday April 26 after 1pm at MELODY RECORDS located at 4th and Main Downtown Chico and the PAGEANT THEATER box office. All seats general admission $8.00

PRINCE makes his film debut as “The Kid”, a talented but troubled frontman of his Minneapolis-based band, The Revolution. To escape his difficult home life – his father is verbally and physically abusive, and his mother is emotionally abusive – he spends his days rehearsing and his nights performing at the First Avenue nightclub. First Avenue’s three house band slots are held by The Revolution, the flashy Morris Day and his group The Time, and Dez Dickerson and The Modernaires. Morris knows that the Kid’s guitarist, Wendy, and keyboardist, Lisa, are growing disgruntled with the Kid’s leadership of the band, especially his refusal to play any of the music they have composed. Taking advantage of the situation, Morris lobbies Billy Sparks, the nightclub’s owner, to back a more commercial girl group (which Morris is already forming) to replace the Revolution. He targets the Kid’s girlfriend Apollonia – an aspiring singer, newly-arrived in Minneapolis – for his girl group, and tries to persuade her that the Kid will never help her establish herself because he can’t even establish himself. Apollonia eventually relents and joins Morris’ group, which Morris names Apollonia 6. When she reveals her partnership with his rival to the Kid, he becomes furious, mirroring his abusive father’s actions. The now classic music is lively, loud, powerful, sometimes raunchy, yet full of unexpected subtleties and nuances. The staging is frenetic but as perfect as the machines of the art can produce in this mesmerizing rock-video psychodrama. Not to be missed!

KNIGHT OF CUPS

Terrence Malick

  • 118 minutes
  • 2016

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  • Friday May 6
  • 7pm
  • Saturday May 7
  • 4:30pm and 7pm
  • Sunday May 8
  • 2pm and 4:30pm
  • Monday May 9, Wednesday May 11 and Thursday May 12
  • 7pm

KNIGHT OF CUPS follows writer Rick (Christian Bale, The Fighter, American Hustle) on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self. Even as he moves through a desire-laden landscape of mansions, resorts, beaches and clubs, Rick grapples over complicated relationships with his brother (Wes Bentley) and father (Brian Dennehy). His quest to break the spell of his disenchantment takes him on a series of adventures with six alluring women: rebellious Della (Imogen Poots); his physician ex-wife, Nancy (Cate Blanchett); a serene model Helen (Freida Pinto); a woman he wronged in the past Elizabeth (Natalie Portman); a spirited, playful stripper Karen (Teresa Palmer); and an innocent Isabel (Isabel Lucas), who helps him see a way forward. Rick moves in a daze through a strange and overwhelming dreamscape -- but can he wake up to the beauty, humanity and rhythms of life around him? The deeper he searches, the more the journey becomes his destination.

The 7th film from director Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, Tree of Life), Knight of Cups (the title refers to the Tarot card depicting a romantic adventurer guided by his emotions) offers both a vision of modern life and an intensely personal experience of memory, family, and love.

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