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Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure Back on the Big Screen

Before Paul Reubens and Tim Burton were household names, the character of “Pee-Wee Herman” was just getting his start on stage at a star-making Los Angeles comedy club called The Groundlings. Reubens honed the character throughout the late 1970’s, which then became a popular HBO comedy special before being developed into the 1985 hit classic, “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.”

But the “Big Adventure” nearly looked a lot different than we all remember. Reubens reportedly had an entirely different script in mind for the movie before a Warner Brothers executive gifted him the 1940’s red and white Schwinn featured in the film.

The then-unknown Tim Burton was recruited to direct the story of the quirky, grey-suited man-child whose beloved bike is stolen. The theft of the bike launches an adventure-filled cross country trip to the Alamo where Pee-Wee believes his cherished bike is being held.

Throughout the adventure, Pee-Wee finds himself hitching a ride with a trucker who’s actually a gruesome ghost, becomes accidentally involved in a love triangle with a waitress and her jealous boyfriend, and escapes the wrath of a biker gang by debuting his infamous dance to “Tequila.”

Through a series of slap-stick events, Pee-Wee finally steals his bike back while dressed as a nun on a movie studio lot. The movie executives strike a deal with him for the rights of his story, and the film ends with Pee-Wee watching himself on the big screen.

The cult success of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure sparked the Emmy-award winning children’s television show “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,” which ran for five seasons and made Reubens a household name.

On Thursday, November 13th, see “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” on the big screen again at Hollywood Blvd, 1001 W. 75th Street, Woodridge, IL.  Show starts at 7 pm. Tickets just $6.  

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