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Virtual Screening Room

Welcome to The Pageant virtual cinema! The virtual screening room provides you with a way to screen many of the films we intended to bring into the theater, as well as movies that may no longer be able to receive a proper theatrical release. In a unique partnership with some of the most inventive film distributors that we work with, a generous portion of each ticket purchased will go to support The Pageant, and help us return to our mission as a vibrant, community-centric arthouse cinema once this uncertain period is behind us.

Each distributor has slightly different terms — including length of viewing period and what devices you can use to watch. Select a film from the offerings on our website and click the WATCH NOW button to find details and instructions specific to each film. Titles are available for a limited time only!

BLACKFISH

Gabriela Cowperthwaite

  • 83 minutes
  • Q&A on 6/3 with director Gabriela Cowperthwaite

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    MAGNOLIA PICTURES: A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE DOCS. Four films, each opening on a Friday, with a live Q&A the following Wednesday (5pm PST). You can submit your questions to the filmmakers in advance via email: submityourquestion@magpictures.com. The Q&A’s will be archived for viewers who can’t tune in live. 10% of ticket sales will be donated to a charity of the filmmakers’ choice. Watch for a new film each Friday.

    This week starting Friday 5/22: LIFE ITSEF

    BLACKFISH tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals..

CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Justin Pemberton

  • 103 minutes
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    Based on the international bestseller by rock-star economist Thomas Piketty (which sold over three million copies worldwide and landed Piketty on Time Magazine's list of most influential people), this entertaining documentary is an accessible journey through wealth and power, a film that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, and shines a new light on today's growing inequalities. Traveling through time, the film combines pop-culture references and interviews with some of the world's most influential experts to deliver an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future. A lively, entertaining, and eye-opening look at one of the most important economic issues of our time (and the 2020 elections)

    "A massive achievement, turning this weighty volume into enthralling cinema." - Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle

A WHITE WHITE DAY

Hlynur Pálmason

  • 109 minutes
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    In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief (a chilling Ingvar Sigurdsson, who received Cannes’ Critics’ Week award for Best Actor for his performance) begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth takes over his life and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. Combining classic thriller tropes with a distinctly Nordic arthouse sensibility, the second feature from Hlynur Palmason engages in storytelling that’s both powerful and fresh throughout.

    "CRITIC’S PICK! An eerily gripping study of grief — and impotence in its face — with the trappings of a revenge thriller." Glenn Kenny, THE NEW YORK TIMES

DEERSKIN

Quentin Dupieux

  • 77 minutes
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    In this black comedy of middle-aged masculinity gone awry, Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) is a recent divorcee who becomes obsessed with a vintage fringed deerskin jacket that begins to exert an uncanny hold on him. Set in a sleepy French alpine village, he falls into the guise of an independent filmmaker and befriends a trusting bartender and aspiring editor (Adèle Haenel, Portrait of a Lady on Fire) who becomes his collaborator on a movie that will document a surprising new goal he sets himself.

    “Funny, weird and original; it features two charismatic stars, and it does everything it needs to do in only 77 minutes. See it now. " - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES

Alison Reid

  • 83 minutes
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    In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. In THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES Anne (now 86) retraces her steps, and with letters and stunning, original 16mm film footage offers an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. Both the world’s first ‘giraffologist’, whose research findings ultimately became the foundation for many scientists following in her footsteps, and the species she loves have each experienced triumphs as well as setbacks. THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES gives us a moving perspective on both.

    “This warm documentary uses one woman’s singular passion to fuel a tale of zoological discovery, blatant sexism and environmental alarm.” —Jeannette Catsoulis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

BEYOND THE VISIBLE

Halina Dyrschka

  • 93 minutes
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    Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum (with over 600,000 attendees), af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse, before her long-delayed rediscovery. Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the process of her mischaracterization and erasure by both a patriarchal narrative of artistic progress and capitalistic determination of artistic value.

    “CRITIC’S PICK! Bristles with the excitement of discovery and also with the impatience that recognition has taken so long. It refreshes the eyes and the mind.” –A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

ZOMBI CHILD

Bertrand Bonello

  • 103 minutes
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    The latest from French master Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, Nocturama).Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the sugarcane fields. In Paris, 55 years later, at a prestigious all-girls boarding school, Melissa, a young Haitian teenager, confesses an old family secret to a group of new friends - never imagining that this strange tale will convince a heartbroken classmate to do the unthinkable.

    "Mixing political commentary, ethnography, teenage melodrama and genre horror, the film is an unashamedly cerebral study of multiple themes – colonialism, revolution, liberalism, racial difference and female desire - with its unconventional narrative structure taking us a journey that’s as intellectually demanding as it is compelling. ” —Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

THE ETRUSCAN SMILE

Mihal Brezis, Oded Binnun

  • 107 minutes
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    Based on the bestselling novel by José Luis Sampedro THE ETRUSCAN SMILE stars Brian Cox as Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory’s life will be transformed, just when he expects it least, through a newly found love for his baby grandson. With Rosanna Arquette, Thora Birch, Peter Coyote and Treat Williams

    “Brian Cox gives one of his finest performances in this familiar but affecting drama about a cantankerous Scotsman facing his journey's end. ” - Joe Leydon, Variety

BEANPOLE

Kantemir Balagov

  • 139 minutes
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    If you missed it during its run last month at The Pageant, here is another chance to catch this amazing film! 1945, Leningrad. World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Although the siege -- one of the worst in history -- is finally over, life and death continue their battle in the wreckage that remains. Two young women, Iya and Masha, search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.

    Not only is BEANPOLE one of the first essential cinematic works released this year, it is also among the most involving character studies in recent memory. Filmed with impressive skill and brought to life by unforgettable performances, BEANPOLE takes a heartbreakingly empathetic look at lives shattered by war. Winner of the BEST DIRECTOR Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

    "Critic's Pick. Dazzling. A brilliantly told, deeply moving story about love." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

MEPHISTO

István Szabó

  • 140 minutes
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    One of the first films The Pageant played after re-opening as an Arthouse in 1980 is now available to be seen again in a brand new restoration! The 1981 Academy Award-winning (Best Foreign Language Film) Acclaimed filmmaker István Szabó’s masterpiece MEPHISTO concerns a passionate, but struggling actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer) who remains in Germany during the Nazi regime and reaps the rewards of this Faustian pact by finally achieving the stardom he has long craved.

    "This film is a work of art. The film transmits its messages so forcefully that no one can remain unaffected." - Ingmar Bergman

    "One of the greatest movie performances I've ever seen. A performance of electrifying power." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

LIMITED EDITION PAGEANT T-SHIRT

  • Available Now

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    Support the Pageant Theater during this crisis with a purchase of a limited edition T-Shirt available through Silkshop’s online store.

    NEW DESIGN! LIMITED EDITION! All sizes available from X-Small to XX-Large. White ink on black short sleeve shirt. 100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton. Only $20.00 each

    Show your appreciation of Chico’s venerable arthouse institution on the eve of our 40th anniversary later this year (est.1980) and help keep us going through this temporary closure. Your purchase directly supports the theater. Thank you!

1980 DESIGN PAGEANT T-SHIRT

  • Available Now

    BUY HERE

    Support the Pageant Theater during this crisis with a purchase of a limited edition T-Shirt available through Silkshop’s online store.

    1980 DESIGN! LIMITED EDITION! All sizes available from X-Small to XX-Large. White ink on black short sleeve shirt. 100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton. Only $20.00 each

    Show your appreciation of Chico’s venerable arthouse institution on the eve of our 40th anniversary later this year (est.1980) and help keep us going through this temporary closure. Your purchase directly supports the theater. Thank you!

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