The Orion

Top 3 independent films worth watching

Carly Plemons

January 26, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

The world of independent films opens a glimpse into the layered story lines that peel deeper into important social issues that most other films fail to discuss. These films showcase authentic culture and guide the viewer through the lives of people entirely different from their own, or even to a piece...

Chico’s Pageant Theater to be featured in national film celebration

Chico’s Pageant Theater to be featured in national film celebration

Rylee Pedotti

September 22, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

On Sept. 24, venues across the nation are set to commemorate independent theaters and their everlasting contributions to cinematic culture. Locals will have their chance to join the celebration as Chico's Pageant Theater will be participating in the inaugural Art House Theater Day. Mirrored after mus...

Shortz! Film Festival to take center stage at the El Rey

Shortz! Film Festival to take center stage at the El Rey

Rylee Pedotti

September 13, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Local film aficionados are in for a treat when the fifth annual Shortz! Film Festival takes residency at the historic El Rey Theater Sept. 16-18.What began in 2011 as an interactive method for local filmmakers to share their work with peers, family and friends have now flourished into an acclaimed event fea...

A brief history of the Pageant Theatre

A brief history of the Pageant Theatre

Anna Porretta and Elias Denny

August 31, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

As the longest running theatre, the Pageant continues to bring the independent film world to Chico.Upon walking up to the Pageant Theatre the owner, Miles Montalbano, put away his flip phone, cracked open a Sierra Nevada and sat down on the steps leading up to the projection room with his copilot, a bor...

Alumnus light speeds into space in new stop-motion film

Alumnus light speeds into space in new stop-motion film

Ernesto Rivera

May 6, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Josh Funk creates monsters. But Funk doesn’t use nuts, bolts or a high voltage of electricity like Dr. Frankenstein, nor do his creatures come from a black lagoon. His monsters are made from wires, foam latex, clay and plastic. They come from something much darker than a lagoon — his imag...

End of video stores puts end to options

Julianna Eveland

March 26, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

America is a country that is accustomed to having a plethora of options to choose from. After getting rid of most major video stores, however, options for movie watching are lacking. Hollywood Video and Blockbuster used to be the go-to places to rent movies. When I was younger, I looked forward to we...

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