Peter S. Beagle changed many of our lives with his novel The Last Unicorn, which was turned into an animated film in the 1980s. Now, after years of legal wrangling, a restored print of Last Unicorn is out there, and you can watch it with Beagle himself on his birthday.
The Last Unicorn is having a screening tour, and you can find out more details here. Here's the information on the San Francisco event on April 20, via Beagle's friend and manager Connor Cochran:
SATURDAY APRIL 20, 2013 IN SAN FRANCISCO - THE LAST UNICORN SCREENING AND BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
If you are anywhere near San Francisco on April 20th (or just feel like coming) join us for this BIG DOUBLE EVENT - the kickoff of the worldwide Last Unicorn Theater Screening Tour, combined with Peter's 74th birthday party!
The afternoon screening at the Castro Theatre runs from 11 AM to 4 PM, and the VIP evening birthday event at the Cartoon Art Museum runs from 6 PM to 8 PM. The Castro is located at 429 Castro Street, San Francisco CA 94114, and the Cartoon Art Museum is at 655 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94105.
To buy advance tickets for JUST the screening, click here. They only cost $8.50, plus a processing charge that depends on your choice of delivery.
To buy tickets for the screening AND the VIP evening birthday party, click here. All three price levels ($25, $50, and $75) include reserved Castro Theater seating and VIP event entry. The $50 level also gets a you a membership in the Cartoon Art Museum, and the $75 level does all that for two people at once.
Please note: ALL ticket revenues are going to the Cartoon Art Museum as a benefit fundraiser, along with a big chunk of any merchandise sales. So it's not just a great day of events, it's going to help support a marvelous institution.
COOL STUFF ABOUT THE SCREENING AT THE CASTRO
** Gorgeous brand-new Digital Cinema Print made from remastered original film elements - the movie has never looked better
** Classic restored movie palace setting and a BIG screen (1400 seats!)
** Everyone attending gets a special Tour Membership bag that includes free gifts, discounts, and prizes
** Special pre-show video extras
** Audience Q&A with Peter S. Beagle
** Raffle with five signed prizes
** Neat new Last Unicorn merch (some of it appearing for the first time)
** Book signing by Peter
** Costumes encouraged...and really good ones rewarded
COOL STUFF ABOUT THE VIP BIRTHDAY EVENT AT THE CARTOON ART MUSEUM
** Peter's first-time-in-public reading of a new Schmendrick story
** Another raffle (one more chance!)
** VIP auction with amazing special items up for bid, including an original page of pencil art from The Last Unicorn graphic novel
** More book signing
** A book singing
** The Cartoon Art Museum itself, which is always great
** See "neat new Last Unicorn merch," above
** Not just your usual VIP event food and drink
** Birthday cake!
Peter's 74th is going to be one hell of a day, so we hope you'll join him in San Francisco to celebrate.
And if you can't, well, we hope you will spread the word to everyone you possibly can, in every way that you can - and not just about this event, but about the whole two-year screening tour.
Find out more about the Last Unicorn screening tour by going to http://lastunicorntour.com/