Today if you didn’t know is 10/21/2015 – the infamous date foretold on the dash of time-traveling Delorean in Back to the Future. So to celebrate, Nate Johnson and Mitchell Kohen revisit the actual locations in and around Los Angeles where the classic film was shot, for a fascinating look behind the scenes. TS
With the combination of 80s teen heartthrob Michael J. Fox, the warm humor of Einstein-haired Christopher Lloyd, and a DeLorean tricked out with a Flux Capacitor to make time travel possible, Back to the Future hit theaters 30 years ago.
You probably know the story, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) accidentally travels back in time 30 years by way of his friend Doc Brown’s time-travel-modified DeLorean, and runs into his highschool-aged parents. By meeting his parents in 1955, he inadvertently alters the timeline and must figure out a way to fix it and get back to the future before reality as he knows it, both in 1985 and 1955, is changed or possibly erased forever.
This being the films’ 30th anniversary year, there have been several events marking the occasion going on all year around the world from conventions, to special triple feature screenings of all 3 “Future” films, to Back to the Future burlesque shows, to Back to the Future inspired marathons.
Over the summer, one of my best friends and “Future geek” (he has several tattoos from the film and artwork inspired by the film all around his apartment) and I, decided to take a day and visit Hill Valley, to see if it really is “A Nice Place To Live”.
The tunnel from Part 2 where the hoverboard chase scene takes place. Interesting side note: This tunnel is also used as the entrance to ToonTown in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” also directed by Robert Zemekis.
After our tour of Hill Valley, we went over to the Hollywood Bowl to see “Back to the Future: In Concert”. The film was shown on a giant screen above the stage as the full LA Philharmonic Orchestra played the score. It was an incredible experience to sit down with literally over 16,000 Back to the Future fans and watch the film together. It is on record as the largest audience at one screening for the film!
There was even an DeLorean out front with the time travel mods on display.
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