FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – University of Pittsburgh Alumnus and Award-Winning Author to Donate Ticket Sales to The Hollywood Theater.
On December 28, 29 and 30, author Peter S Beagle will host screenings of his beloved animated movie the Last Unicorn at The Hollywood Theater in Dormont, PA. All proceeds from ticket sales and 10% of book sales will be donated to The Hollywood Theater, a non-profit organization. In addition to the screenings, fans will have a chance to ask questions and have books signed by Peter.
Originally released in theaters in 1982, the animated classic tells the story of a unicorn (Mia Farrow) who leaves the safety of her forest to learn why the rest of her kind have disappeared from the world. Along the way she meets a bumbling magician (Alan Arkin) and a sharp-tongued woman (Tammy Grimes) who travel with her to the realm of an evil king (Christopher Lee) and the dangerous Red Bull. Other voice actors include Angela Lansbury, Jeff Bridges and Rene Auberjenois.
Screenings will take place at 7pm on 12/28, 2pm on 12/29 and 5pm on 12/30. Each event will begin with a 30 minute Q&A, followed by a screening of The Last Unicorn and then a book signing. Books and Last Unicorn related merchandise will be available for purchase at the theater. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children under 12. Tickets purchased through the Showclix website are subject to a service charge. Tickets can be purchased at The Hollywood Theater box office or through www.showclix.com/event/TheLastUnicornWithPeterBeagle.
Peter S. Beagle was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx. At 15 he won a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a degree in creative writing. His first novel, A Fine and Private Place, was written while studying at the University of Pittsburgh and published by Viking in 1960. Mr. Beagle’s screenwriting credits include the animated Lord of the Rings (1978), and the screenplay of his own novel The Last Unicorn (1982). The author of numerous novels, short stories, poems, and songs, he has won the Hugo, Nebula, and Mythopoeic Awards and a World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Peter Jackson, director of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy credits Peter Beagle’s screenplay for the animated Lord of the Rings as the origin of his interest in Tolkein’s books as a young reader.
The Hollywood Theater in Dormont, PA is one of the last single-screen theaters in Pittsburgh and originally opened in 1933.
By: Chris Rickert