• ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’ at The Varsity for National Bike Month

    April 25, 2019
    The Varsity will be celebrating National Bike Month in May along with the city of Carbondale by screening “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.”

    The quirky 1985 movie has become a cult classic, especially among those who are big fans of Paul Reubens’ alter ego. Co-written by Reubens and Phil Hartman, “Pee-wee's Big Adventure” was directed by Tim Burton; it was Burton’s directing debut.

    Pee-wee Herman (Reubens) is an eccentric child-like man who loves his red bicycle and will not sell it to his envious neighbor, Francis. While Pee-wee visits his friend Dottie, the bike is stolen. Thinking his bike is at the Alamo, Pee-wee sets off on a trip, where he meets many remarkable people, including a motorcycle gang. Eventually, Pee-wee discovers that his bike is being used in a movie and tries to recover it.

    According to Common Sense Media reports that although preschoolers will likely find Pee-wee's antics funny, there are some sinister dream sequences and near-fights that might frighten the youngest of viewers. Elementary-aged kids, however, are just the right age to appreciate Pee-wee's mission and to witness the various hilarious ways he manages to get out of scrapes without ever getting hurt.
    The movie is rated PG for some mild violence. It runs 92 minutes.

    “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” will be shown at The Varsity at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students; children 12 and younger will be admitted for $3. Advance tickets are available at www.thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com. Tickets are not available in advance at the venue but will be available on the day of the show, when doors open at 1:30.

    The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. To keep up with all upcoming events, go to www.facebook.com/varsitycenter.