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35th anniversary tour of ‘Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure’ will start in Portland

Posted by on December 9th, 2019 at 12:34 pm

Official tour flyer.

35 years ago one of the most classic bike movies of all time lifted off. And next month it will land in Portland for a very special event.

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, starring Paul Reubens, showed just how far some people will go for a bicycle they love. And there’s perhaps no city on earth where people love their bicycles more than Portland — so it’s fitting that a nationwide tour for the movie’s 35th anniversary would start here. And it’ll happen on Valentine’s Day!

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According to the official tour home page, the first showing in the 20-city tour will happen at the Newmark Theater (1111 SW Broadway) on February 14th. Mr. Reubens himself will be in attendance and will share “amazing stories about the making of the movie” following the show.

A pre-sale for ticket purchases begins Tuesday 12/10 at 10:00 am. Tickets are $39-$65 and there are also special packages that include backstage access, merch, a photo-op with Reubens, and more. No word yet whether Pee-Wee’s bike will be on hand, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it made an appearance.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org
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    Mike Quigley December 9, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Ought to be a real hoot!

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    Hello, Kitty December 9, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    An historic movie from the dawn of “cancel culture”.

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      GlowBoy December 10, 2019 at 2:44 pm

      Yeah, one of the earliest “cancel culture” incidents I can remember.

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      • Hello, Kitty
        Hello, Kitty December 10, 2019 at 4:18 pm

        With a little distance, it’s clear that the toll exacted was disproportionate to the sins committed, as generally seems to be true for these sorts of things.

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      Francis Buxton December 11, 2019 at 9:40 am

      What are you talking about? I’m truly clueless here.

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        GlowBoy December 13, 2019 at 8:58 am

        Back in the early 90s Paul Rubens (the human behind the Pee-Wee Herman character) was arrested in Florida for indecent exposure – in an adult theater. It pretty much killed his career.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Reubens

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          Francis Buxton December 13, 2019 at 10:24 am

          Oh, yeah, sure. I’m well old enough to remember that. I thought you two were referencing something very specific to this movie, which came out a good number of years before the porn theater bust.

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          • Hello, Kitty
            Hello, Kitty December 13, 2019 at 11:14 am

            Looking back, it’s a shame, because his “crime” seems so trivial, and the toll it took so extreme.

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    Granpa December 9, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    “I’m a loner Dotty, a rebel”

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    GlowBoy December 10, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    OMG, I’m going to be in Oregon that week! Will have to try to get me a ticket.

    Tell ’em Large Marge sent me.

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