Pee-wee's Big Adventure

USA 1985. Dir: Tim Burton. 91 min. Blu-ray Disc

ALL AGES WELCOME! ► Paul Reubens’s lovable alter ego made the jump from stage show to screen with this gleefully bizarre, cross-America comedy that announced the arrival of both a major comic talent in the Buster Keaton-esque Reubens, and the quirky-goth vision of feature-debut director Tim Burton. A retelling of Bicycle Thieves by way of… well, Pee-wee Herman, the film follows Pee-wee and his doting friend Dottie as they try to track down his cherished stolen bicycle, snatched and then sold by a neighbourhood nemesis. Brimming with unforgettable did-I-just-see-that moments (Large Marge anyone?), Pee-wee's Big Adventure is outrageous family fun for adult-kids and kid-kids alike. “A one-comic masterpiece” (Empire).


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Before the screening, acclaimed clowns James & Jamesy will treat moviegoers to an excerpt from their award-winning theatrical comedy High Tea (playing at the Jericho Arts Centre, May 18-24). After the movie, they'll share the story of how they created their clown characters and lead participants in a funny-face-making exercise. For more on James & Jamesy, visit

Cinema Sunday films will be introduced by Vancouver film history teacher, critic, and dashing man of adventure Michael van den Bos. In-theatre giveaways courtesy of Cinema Sunday community sponsors Videomatica Sales, Kidsbooks, and Golden Age Collectables.



"Burton's first feature revels in the weird, the unpredictable, the infantile and the absurd. A dazzling debut."

Empire | full review

"Truly weird and wonderfully addictive."

Time Out | full review

"Part of the genius of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure is that it’s simultaneously a great road movie and an affectionate spoof of one ... Burton and company take all these dusty, crusty old types, shine them up, and make them sparkle like new."

The Dissolve | full review