THE LAST UNICORN Screening Tour went to Canada!
CANADIAN SCREENING TOUR 2014 – THE RUN ENTERS HISTORY! (A LIST OF ALL OUR SHOWS)

Thursday 4/17, 7 PM: the SILVERCITY VICTORIA CINEMAS in VICTORIA, BC
Sunday 4/20, 7 PM: the CINEPLEX ODEON INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE CINEMAS in VANCOUVER, BC
Monday 4/21, 7 PM: the SILVERCITY COQUITLAM & VIP CINEMAS in COQUITLAM, BC
Tuesday 4/22, 7 PM: the CINEPLEX ODEON ABERDEEN MALL CINEMAS in KAMLOOPS, BC
Wednesday 4/23, 7 PM: the CINEPLEX ODEON NORTH EDMONTON CINEMAS in EDMONTON, AB
Thursday 4/24, 7 PM: the GALAXY CINEMAS SHERWOOD PARK in EDMONTON, AB
Saturday 4/26, 4 PM: the GALAXY CINEMAS RED DEER in RED DEER, AB
Sunday 4/27, 4 PM & 7 PM: the CINEPLEX ODEON CROWFOOT CROSSING CINEMAS in CALGARY, AB
Monday 4/28, 7 PM: the CINEPLEX ODEON WESTHILLS CINEMAS in CALGARY, AB
Wednesday 4/30, 7 PM: the GALAXY CINEMAS LETHBRIDGE in LETHBRIDGE, AB
Thursday 5/1, 7 PM: the CINEPLEX ODEON CENTRE CINEMAS in SASKATOON, SK
Sunday 5/4, 4 PM & 7 PM: the CINEPLEX ODEON SOUTHLAND CINEMAS in REGINA, SK
Monday 5/5, 7 PM: the SILVERCITY ST. VITAL CINEMAS in WINNIPEG, MB
Wednesday 5/7, 7 PM: the SILVERCITY THUNDER BAY CINEMAS in THUNDER BAY, ON
Thursday 5/8, 7 PM: the SILVERCITY SUDBURY CINEMAS in SUDBURY, ON
Saturday 5/10, 4 PM & 7 PM: the CINEPLEX CINEMAS YONGE-DUNDAS in TORONTO, ON
Sunday 5/11, 4 PM & 7 PM: the CINEPLEX ODEON WESTMOUNT & VIP CINEMAS in LONDON, ON
Monday 5/12, 7 PM: the SILVERCITY HAMILTON MOUNTAIN CINEMAS in HAMILTON, ON
Tuesday 5/13, 10 PM ONLY: the CINEPLEX CINEMAS YONGE-DUNDAS in TORONTO, ON
Wednesday 5/14, 7 PM: the CINEPLEX ODEON GARDINERS ROAD CINEMAS in KINGSTON, ON
Thursday 5/15, 7 PM: the CINEPLEX CINEMAS OTTAWA in OTTAWA, ON
Saturday 5/17, 4 PM: the SILVERCITY GLOUCESTER CINEMAS in GLOUCESTER, ON
Sunday 5/18, 4 PM & 7 PM: the CINÉMA CINEPLEX ODEON FORUM in MONTRÉAL, QB
Tuesday 5/20, 7 PM: the CINEPLEX CINEMAS SAINT JOHN in SAINT JOHN, NB
Wednesday 5/21, 7 PM: the CINEPLEX CINEMAS PARK LANE in HALIFAX, NS

Upcoming Tour Events

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 April 2016, as well as major cities in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

TIME OFF (TEMPORARILY) FOR OTHER TASKS

The Canadian shows had Peter on the road for much of two months, so we’re going on hiatus while he catches up on certain projects and more business infrastructure is completed. Screenings will begin again in August.

TWO SPECIAL CANADIAN TOUR ITEMS…

Partnering with Cineplex made two Really Cool Tour extras possible.

1) A special original movie poster (called a “one sheet”) for the Canadian Tour, designed by Edmonton artist and Last Unicorn fan Joy Ang. The run was limited to 2500 copies. The posters that still remain are $15 apiece signed, plus shipping, or $25 apiece signed and personalized. If you want one, contact us by email..

2) A special extra-fancy limited edition Tour Commemorative hardcover of The Last Unicorn novel, with a cover by Joy Ang, tour map endpapers, Peter’s tour diary, color photos of tour events (including the best tattoos and costumes!), a special essay by Canadian media critic and academic Carlen Lavigne, and other cool things. The price will be $50 plus shipping for regular customers, but only $40 plus shipping for Tour Members. We will take reservations right up to when the book goes to press in late July. Email us now if you want to reserve a copy.

And no, you don’t have to be Canadian to get these. Really Cool stuff should be available to everyone.

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.

Will There Be Screenings Anywhere Near Me?

That depends on where you live and the theaters in your vicinity. The tour has certain minimum requirements.

  1. Digital projection (because we’re showing a gorgeous new 2K Digital Cinema Print).
  2. 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 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 several times during the tour.

CAN I HELP?

Absolutely.

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 midnightcarnivalringmaster@gmail.com.)

Recent Tour News

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. 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.

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.