PROPS: Picturephone Booth From Pee-Wee's Playhouse
This is the Picturephone Booth from the children’s television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse. "The fantasy video phone booth is painted bright orange and features long strands of rope hair, large purple eyes with wood dowel eyelashes and light bulbs for pupils, red lip-shaped swinging doors at front, an interior upholstered with a plush giraffe print, a hand-painted pull-down backdrop featuring smiling fish in an ocean, a sheer pale pink shower curtain, a vintage TV sans screen (that series cameramen shot through), a 1970s-era Panasonic film camera plus vintage lights mounted onto a shelf that drop down into position by way of pulling a floor level (still functional), and a Del Monte Mixed Fruit Cocktail can (with brand name obscured in red paint) that serves as the handset. The booth is in excellent, production-used condition overall, and a plug in control box rings a functioning phone ring bell, etc. Provenance: Mr. Paul Reubens"
"Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens), the fun-loving, child-like alter ego of Paul Reubens, uses the booth throughout seasons two through five, including to contact the alien Zyzzybalubah in the episode ‘Playhouse in Outer Space’ (209)."
"Dimensions: 48” x 64” x 84” (122 cm x 162 ½ cm x 213 ½ cm)"
This picturephone booth sold on December 1st, 2018 for $7,500 with the Propstore auction.