Sunday 4/06, 11 AM: the DEL MAR THEATRE in SANTA CRUZ, CA
1124 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. (831) 469-3224. Get there early so you don't miss the Q&A. Peter's signing session will begin after the screening. Santa Cruz is where Peter lived when he wrote most of The Last Unicorn, so we're really going to make this Tour Relaunch Event special!BUY TICKETS
THE TOUR STARTS UP AGAIN IN APRIL
After 10 months of successful shows in 14 states and British Columbia, we're taking some time to apply all we've learned and make the rest of the Screening Tour bigger and better than ever. (Also, Peter is taking advantage of the break to finish a new novel!)
Our tour mantra for 2014: more dates, in more places, with MUCH more advance notice — and even cooler things happening at each show! We're also working to expand the LAST UNICORN merch being offered, and to set up a simplified direct ticket-buying procedure. So watch this page for updates, check out the Picture Gallery link to see some of what has happened so far, and click the button here to email us with any direct questions.
The goal of the tour is to give as many people as possible a chance to meet Peter and see The Last Unicorn the way it was created to be seen — in a movie theater! There will be screenings all over America from now through the end of 2015, as well as major cities in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
THE TOUR LAUNCHES AGAIN IN APRIL
After a short break to make some improvements and let Peter work hard on his latest novel, the tour will kick off Phase 2 with a special show on Sunday, April 6th, at the Del Mar Theatre in Santa Cruz, CA. This 11 AM matinee is both a relaunch and a grand homecoming, since Peter wrote most of The Last Unicorn while living near Santa Cruz in the mid-’60s. Come help us celebrate both, and please spread the word to everyone that you can. Click here to buy tickets.
After that it will be CANADA, AHOY! as the tour partners with Cineplex (Canada’s biggest theater chain, and the only one covering the entire country) to bring a month of tour screenings to cities in every single province. Exact dates and locations are being settled right now and will be announced soon.
A NOTE ABOUT TOUR MEMBERSHIP…
At every show we’ve given out tour membership cards and invited attendees to either fill them out on the spot or email us afterwards, as per the instructions on the card, to get signed up. There are lots of good reasons to become a tour member, including special discounts, giveaways, deluxe tour-only editions of some merchandise, a monthly phone call to a randomly-chosen tour member from Peter himself, and other benefits. So if you came to one of our screenings and haven’t signed up yet, please do so! All you have to do is click here and send us an email with your name, plus the date and location of the show you attended.
THE TOUR SO FAR…AND THANKS!
Here are the wonderful places that have supported the tour so far. (Locations with an asterisk did multiple screenings; a plus sign means we were there on more than one date.) If you live anywhere near one of these places, by all means show some love and support by going to other movies there!
- Castro Theatre – San Francisco, CA
- Alamo Drafthouse Ritz – Austin, TX
- Alamo Drafthouse Village – Austin, TX *
- Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek – Austin, TX
- Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park – Houston, TX *
- Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes – San Antonio, TX
- Alamo Drafthouse Main Street – Kansas City, MO *
- Alamo Drafthouse Aspen Grove – Littleton, CO * +
- Kress Cinema and Lounge – Greeley, CO
- Lyric Cinema Cafe – Fort Collins, CO * +
- AFI Silver – Silver Spring, MD *
- USC Ray Stark Family Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
- Regency Lido (with Newport Beach Film Festival) – Newport Beach, CA
- Reading Cinemas Cal Oaks 17 – Murrieta, CA
- Reading Cinemas Town Square 14 – San Diego, CA
- Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 – San Diego, CA
- Alamo Drafthouse Winchester – Winchester, VA
- Alamo Drafthouse One Loudon – Ashburn, VA *
- Reading Cinemas Angelika Mosaic – Fairfax, VA *
- The Strand Theatre – Kutztown, PA *
- Reading Cinemas Manville 12 – Manville, NJ
- Reading Cinemas Village East – Manhattan, NY
- Reading Cinemas – Manhattan, NY
- Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers – Yonkers, NY
- Reading Cinemas 86th Street East – Manhattan, NY
- Garland Theater – Spokane, WA
- Cinerama – Seattle, WA +
- Pickford Film Center – Bellingham, WA *
- Colossus Langley Cinemas – Langley, BC, CANADA
- SilverCity Riverport Cinemas – Richmond, BC, CANADA
- Bijou Art Cinema – Eugene, OR
- Edwards 22 – Boise, ID
- Hollywood Theater – Portland, OR * +
- Varsity Theater – Ashland, OR
- Reading Cinemas Tower – Sacramento, CA
- Plaza Theatre – Atlanta, GA
- Aurora Cineplex – Rosswell, GA
- Cine – Athens, GA
- Sun-Ray Cinema – Jacksonville, FL *
- Cleveland Cinemas Southside Works – Pittsburgh, PA
- Reading Cinemas Valley Plaza 16 – Bakersfield, CA
- Harkins Flagstaff 11 Luxury – Flagstaff, AZ
- Dickinson Gateway 12 – Mesa, AZ
- Dickinson Palm Valley 14 – Goodyear, AZ
- The Loft Cinema – Tucson, AZ
- The Jean Cocteau Cinema – Santa Fe, NM *
That depends on where you live and the theaters in your vicinity. The tour has certain minimum requirements.
- Digital projection (because we’re showing a gorgeous new 2K Digital Cinema Print).
- Use of the lobby, so fans can line up to meet Peter, buy stuff, and get things signed.
That last item may seem like a no-brainer, but it isn’t. For example, the lobby space in the three biggest American theater chains is controlled by one company, National Cinemedia, and not by the individual theaters themselves. NCM has an exclusive on all lobby sales at these locations, and until we succeed in getting a waiver from them we can’t bring the tour to any cinemas owned by AMC, Regal, or Century. We also can’t show at any Landmark theaters for much the same reason: Landmark doesn’t allow any selling in the lobby that they don’t completely manage and control.
Meanwhile some other regional movie chains, like Harkins in Arizona, just don’t allow any lobby sales, period. We put on a show at their Flagstaff location because it was the only movie theater in town, so we didn’t have any choice. To “solve” the lobby problem there we did our sales and signing session at a hotel a few blocks away, after the screening. This sort of worked, but not that well, and was a major strain on the audience and the team. We won’t try that again.
Within these limitations — digital projection and lobby usage — we will do our best to hold screenings in reach of everyone who wants to come. Fans who live in in major population centers will get more than one chance, since we’ll be coming back to big cities like Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, and Seattle several times during the tour.
CAN I HELP?
First, you can spread the word. The more buzz there is about Peter and the tour, the better.
Second, you can help find good tour locations. Talk to your local theater. Find out if they have a 2K digital projection system and would be willing to let Peter meet fans and sign books in their lobby. If you get a positive response, let us know via phone or email (you’ll find our contact info at the top of this page).
Finally, you can tell us if you’d like to volunteer. Positions are limited, but we are going to need local help before and during each show — help with advance promotion, unloading and reloading, working the sales table, advice on places to eat and accommodations…a whole host of things. So if you’d like to become part of the tour instead of just attending it, let us know! (Chris Rickert is the Tour Team member managing the volunteer side of the operation. You can reach her directly at email@example.com.)
YOU CONSTANTLY AMAZE US
One of the things we never saw coming was just how far some of you have been willing to travel to catch a show. At our Fort Collins event in January, for example, we met one couple that had driven 700 miles to get there from Stillwater, OK (a 10-hour trip), and another couple that had flown over 900 miles from Dallas!
But the record holder has got to be the woman who decided to use her frequent flyer miles to detour 3200 miles west and catch our show at the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, WA, instead of going straight home to Alabama after finishing up at a business conference in Boston. That’s plain damn amazing.
What’s your Screening Tour travel story? And do you think we ought to start giving out a prize at each show to the person who came the greatest distance?
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN & PETER S. BEAGLE: THE DIRE WOLF & THE UNICORN COMING TO HOME VIDEO SOON
A couple of years ago George R.R. Martin, author of the Game of Thrones books, used some of the income from that enormously successful series to buy and renovate the Jean Cocteau Cinema in his hometown of Santa Fe, NM.
At George’s invitation, we came to the Jean Cocteau last January and put on three Last Unicorn screenings, an artshow, and a special on-stage “fantasy summit” conversation between George and Peter. Since the Jean Cocteau is a small theater (only 125 seats) and obviously a lot more people than that would love to hear what these two men have to say, we brought in a professional film crew and thoroughly documented the entire day. Those files are being edited and augmented now, with Connor Cochran and Suren Suron producing. Once the final version is complete, Conlan Press will release it through all the usual outlets, with a big chunk of the income going to support the Jean Cocteau and other independent cinemas around the country.
CANADA (AND CINEPLEX) FOR THE WIN IN APRIL-MAY 2014!
Because the turnout was so strong for our November shows in Langley and Richmond, British Columbia, the Cineplex theater chain (Canada’s largest) has agreed to back a coast-to-coast LAST UNICORN screening run covering ALL of Canada. Details are still be worked out, but we expect to hit at least 20-25 different theaters in as many Canadian cities as possible. Part of the run will include three days at Fan Expo in Vancouver, where we hope to make Peter’s 75th birthday an even bigger bash than last year’s tour premiere in San Francisco.
SOME THINGS YOU JUST HAVE TO DO
While we were in Seattle last November we got email from a mother in Boise, Idaho, hoping we could bring the tour there before her terminally-ill 10 year-old daughter passed away, which the doctors expected to be sometime next spring. The girl’s name was Lula Coe. We immediately got in touch and made plans to add a Boise show in January. Two days later, however, Lula was hospitalized for an emergency procedure that she had barely survived. Her doctors now gave her only 4-6 weeks.
Our next day had been scheduled as a day off. We scrapped that and, after finishing our Eugene show, drove all night to Boise instead, getting there around dawn. There we put on a special screening for Lula, her family, and their supporters, and convened afterward at Rediscovered Books so Peter could do a reading and meet with folks before spending the rest of the evening with Lula. After a nap, we drove all night to be back in Portland for our scheduled shows there. Special thanks to the Edwards Cinema 22 for lending us a movie screen on barely 24 hours notice, and to Rediscovered Books for throwing a terrific full-blown author event just 18 hours after being called out of the blue.
What happened in Boise was amazing. We’re never going to forget Lula, her family, or the amazing people who came together to make this happen. To learn more and see a local news video about the day, click here.