2015 was the biggest year for Back To The Future fans. Not only did it mark the 30th anniversary of the original movie, but it also marked the year in which Doc Brown and Marty McFly traveled into the future in Back to the Future Part II. Atop the endless screenings, fan gatherings, and events, some of the takeaway observances and tributes were: Pepsi’s limited edition Pepsi Perfect bottles modeled after the famous soda Marty orders at the Cafe 80’s, as well as USA Today releasing a printed copy of the paper that depicted Marty’s kid being arrested. Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd had even reprised their iconic characters for a bit on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Altogether, it was a worldwide celebration of one of the most beloved movies of all time. A once in a lifetime event that will, unless someone bangs their head after slipping on the toilet and creates a real working flux capacitor, will never happen again. That’s kinda sad when you think about it. But that doesn’t mean one’s love of BTTF needs to stay in the past. In fact, 2016 will usher in the first annual Back to the Future Fan Celebration, a free event that will take fans to a familiar location.
The Back to the Future Fan Celebration will take place in the parking lot of the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry, California. For those unkept with their movie trivia, this was the actual location used for Twin Pines Mall, which becomes Lone Pine Mall after Marty travels back in time and knocks down one of Old Man Peabody’s pine trees in the original Back to the Future.
The event is scheduled for October 25th, which marks 31 years since the DeLorean time machine first traveled through time. The event begins at 4 pm and runs until 1:16 am, which is when Marty arrived at the mall to help with Doc’s experiment. The organizers are saying more information on the event is yet to come but 80s music, food trucks, contests, DeLoreans on display, book signings, vendors celebrity autographs and an outdoor screening of Back to the Future, are promised. Oh and hey, attending the event is FREE…though the food trucks and autograph sessions will assumingly come at a cost.
With the event less than a month away, and outlets just picking up it now, it sounds like this event is feverishly being thrown together last minute. Normally, big events like this, are announced several months if not a year ahead of time. And, with the event being FREE, there doesn’t sound like much of a budget for any sort of set up and production. Meaning (and this assuming on the author’s part) no replica of the “Twin Pines Mall” sign, and the biggest celebrity they’ll probably get is the guy that played Mayor Goldie Wilson. Still, any reason for fans of BTTF to get together is a good thing. It will likely get bigger and bigger every year, and become a premier celebratory destination when BTTF 35th and 40th anniversaries roll around
You can keep up with information on the Back to the Future Fan Celebration by visiting their website at www.backtothefuturefancelebration.com.