2020 marks 35 years since Paul Reuben’s classic, quirky sensation Pee-wee’s Big Adventure hit theaters. A critical and financial triumph at the box office, the 1985 comedy, starring and co-written by Reubens grossed over $40M domestically and made Pee-wee Herman a household name. The movie marked the feature film directorial debut of Tim Burton and the first major studio film for composer Danny Elfman, beginning the now legendary filmmaking duo’s partnership which has resulted in 16 films over the last three decades. The movie is a timeless classic that continues to entertain and enthrall generations of fans to this day.
The film involves Pee-wee Herman as an eccentric man-child who gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life. Additional cast members included Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger, and Judd Omen.
The 35th anniversary of the film is being celebrated with Pee-wee’s Big Adventure 35th Anniversary Tour with Paul Reubens. Each event will include a special screening of the film, followed by amazing stories about the making of the movie told by Paul Reubens. The 20-city outing kicks off February 14th in Portland, Oregon and will make stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, and more, before wrapping March 29th in Washington, D.C. Locally, the tour comes to the Beacon Theatre in NYC on March 26 and The Met Philadelphia on March 27.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, December 13 at 10am local time at Ticketmaster.com. Three levels of exclusive VIP packages will be available that include a ticket as well as a super secret gift, plus photo opportunity as well as a signed print. For further details visit peewee.com.
After the breakout success of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Reubens went on to create, co-write and co-direct Pee-wee’s Playhouse on CBS. The series earned 22 Emmy® Awards during its five year run. Reubens has personally been nominated for 14 Emmy® Awards, with two wins.
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure 35th Anniversary Tour with Paul Reubens
February 14 – Portland, OR – Newmark Theatre
February 15 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
February 21 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
February 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kingsbury Hall
February 27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
February 28 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
February 29 – San Diego, CA – Spreckels Theatre
March 5 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
March 6 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater
March 8 – Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre
March 12 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
March 13 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Theatre*
March 14 – Coral Springs, FL – Coral Springs Center for the Arts*
March 20 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
March 21 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
March 22 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
March 26 – New York, NY – The Beacon Theatre
March 27 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
March 28 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theater
March 29 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre