Join Us This Sunday April 29th!

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4:30 pm - 7:00 pm


El Rey Theater
230 W 2nd Street, Chico, California, 95928

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Steven Lisberger
1 h 36 min
Release Date
9 July 1982
Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
As Kevin Flynn searches for proof that he invented a hit video game, he is "digitalized" by a laser and finds himself inside The Grid, where programs suffer under the tyrannical rule of the Master Control Program. With the help of TRON, a security program, Flynn seeks to free The Grid from the MCP.
Not rated yet!
We are incredibly excited to announce that we will be screening the 1982 groundbreaking film Tron for our April Classic Movie Day!!

If you’ve never experienced this film on a screen larger than a computer, you are in for a real treat. An amazing visual experience created before the mass adoption of CGI, and a foreshadower of its arrival and subsequent takeover of the visual effects world.

Our friends from the Shortz! Film Fest will be serving up the hot popcorn again!

Join us on April 29th at the El Rey! Doors open at 4:30 PM Film will start at 5PM.

Trivia fun facts

At the time, computers could generate static images, but could not automatically put them into motion. Thus, the coordinates for each image, such as a lightcycle, had to be entered for each individual frame. It took 600 coordinates to get 4 seconds of film. Each of these coordinates was entered into the computer by hand by the filmmakers.

Wendy Carlos’ score was recorded using the same Moog modular synthesizer used for her groundbreaking “Switched-On Bach” LP in 1968, as well as her previous film scores for “A Clockwork Orange” and “The Shining”. Also used was Carlos’ then-cutting edge GDS digital synthesizer, as well as the live London Philharmonic Orchestra. The Tron soundtrack, therefore, at the time represented a hybrid of three generations of music production: past (live orchestra), present (analog synthesis), and future (digital synthesis).

All the live action that occurred inside the computer was filmed in black and white, and colorized later with photographic and rotoscopic techniques.

HIDDEN MICKEY: At 1:12:26 in the “solar sailer” sequence , you’ll see, for a brief moment, the silhouette of Mickey Mouse on the ground made to look like part of the terrain.