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‘Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure’ screening with Paul Reubens set for Tampa

The actor (Pee-Wee himself!) will accompany the 35th anniversary celebration at Tampa Theatre.
Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-Wee Herman, arrives for a Comic-Con panel in 2011 in San Diego. [GREGORY BULL  |  AP]
Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-Wee Herman, arrives for a Comic-Con panel in 2011 in San Diego. [GREGORY BULL | AP]
Published Dec. 9, 2019
Updated Dec. 9, 2019

Start polishing your bike. There’s an event coming to Tampa this spring you won’t want to miss, and you’ll want to get there in style.

Tampa Theatre will host a 35th anniversary screening of the ’80s classic Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure on March 13, with a special guest in the house: Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-Wee Herman himself. (No need to wait for a secret word. You can go ahead and scream right now.)

After the film screens, Reubens (presumably not in character as Pee-Wee, unfortunately) will stick around to tell stories about the cult classic, including about director Tim Burton and co-writer Phil Hartman. Select VIP ticketholders will get to mingle and take photos with Reubens.

For Reubens, 67, the event marks something of a homecoming. He grew up in Sarasota, attending Sarasota High School and taking the stage at Asolo Repertory Theatre before moving to Los Angeles, where he developed the character of Pee-Wee Herman at the Groundlings. (Sarasota is also where, in 1991, Reubens was arrested for lewd behavior at an adult movie theater, pushing him out of the public eye for many years.)

Click here for details on the Tampa Theater screening.

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