An amazing picture of the interior of the El Rey from last weeks Shortz! Film Festival by Art Martinez. Thanks Art!
The City Council meeting went VERY well. All 7 members voted YES to agendize the El Rey issue. We are hoping to get it on this next meeting, October 4. Way to go, City Council! You earned your applause! And THANK YOU to everyone who showed up. I have a feeling our numbers impressed upon them that this is a VERY IMPORTANT community issue! Well done, everyone! We’ve collected roughly 1,000 signatures so far, counting both the hard copy petitions and the electronic petition. Keep up the FANTASTIC WORK, everyone! Sign if you haven’t, and please keep sharing. Please. Thank you!
Here is a list of interested individuals that have the power to save the El Rey.
Please email them and kindly remind them how important the theater is to the Chico community.
Chico City Council
Mark Sorenson (Mayor) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Morgan (Vice Mayor) email@example.com
Andrew Coolidge firstname.lastname@example.org
Reanette Filmer email@example.com
Tami Ritter firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Schwab email@example.com
Randall Stone firstname.lastname@example.org
City Planning Department
Mike Sawley email@example.com
Kyle Billlingsley (Owner) firstname.lastname@example.org
S. Martin, Architect email@example.com
The El Rey Theater Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)(3), public foundation formed in 2016 with the mission of purchasing, rehabilitating, and operating the El Rey Theater. The El Rey Theater Alliance also maintains a foundation of giving for local and regional film and performance education.
The El Rey has been a working entertainment venue since being built in 1906. Known as The Majestic, it has survived 2 world wars, the industrial revolution, a horrific fire that gutted the building in 1947 (rumor is the owner stood outside and watched the flames, claiming to all those next to him, “We shall rebuild!”) and then rose like the Phoenix from those flames to become the El Rey. This grand old theater is going to be gone unless we save her.