'Back to the Future' Day: A Look at Screening Plans Around the World
Hundreds of cinemas in the U.S. are playing the trilogy on Oct. 21, Germany is offering marathon screenings, Russians will get to see the films in theaters for the first time, Latin America is putting on prom parties, and the Melbourne Symphpony Orchestra will play the famous score.
Back to the Future fans in various international territories will get to watch the Universal Pictures trilogy in cinemas on Wednesday, which marks the date that Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd’s Doc Brown traveled to in the film franchise.
In Back to the Future Part II (1989), they travel into the then-distant future of Oct. 21, 2015. The movie predicted several things that have actually become reality, including Disney buying the Star Wars franchise, wireless video games, 3D movies and tablet computers. It, of course, also forecast the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series as the team is currently in the playoffs against the New York Mets, and hoverboards, which haven’t become commonly used yet.
There are several events in the U.S. to mark “Back to the Future Day," including the release of Back in Time, a documentary on the making of the trilogy, which debuts Wednesday in L.A. and on iTunes, and the town of Reston, Virginia renaming itself for five days starting to Hill Valley after the fictional in the movies. The name change is because of the Washington West International Film Festival, which will air a 30th anniversary screening of the second film with Lloyd and screenwriter Bob Gale attending.
Plus, Pipeworks Brewing has brought out a Back to the Future beer in honor of the film's anniversary.
Meanwhile, in various foreign territories, fans get to see the films on the big screen this week. Here is THR’s look at the Back to the Future screening plans and celebrations in a selection of countries.
Hundreds of theaters across the country are playing all three titles in the franchise, beginning in the late afternoon on Oct. 21, including mega-circuits Regal, AMC and Cinemark. Some cinemas are offering a marathon pricing scheme, but consumers can also buy individual tickets for the three movies.
Germany is going Back to the Future crazy, with marathon back-to-back screenings of all three films in every city across the country.
In Berlin alone, nine cinemas will be hosting a Back to the Future event, ranging from the historic Zoo Palast theater in the west to the screening room at SoHo House in the east.
Madrid's old-world style theater Cine de Prensa will celebrate with a marathon screening of the three Back to the Future films. Some 500 theaters around Spain are joining in the celebration by syncronizing their screenings of the classic with that of Madrid's.
Various cinema chains will show one or more of the franchise’s films.
Cineworld will screen the whole trilogy starting at 6 p.m. across venues in Britain, and Odeon is also showing it at select cinemas along with a double-bill of the first two movies in more cinemas.
Vue and Curzon theaters are also offering Back to the Future screenings, with the latter only showing the second film.
Cinema chain Cineplex is bringing the trilogy, starring Canadian-born Fox, back for Back to the Future fan event screenings on Wednesday and Sunday. The screenings will take place at 31 multiplex locations nationwide, including in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax.
Rep cinema houses are also hosting Back to the Future screenings, with the O’Brien Theatre in Renfrew, Ontario hosting a Back to the Future Day, while the Toronto Symphony parked a replica of the DeLorean time machine car outside Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto before it performed Alan Silvestri movie score on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 as part of a "Live in Concert" series.
A slew of Back to the Future retro parties are planned across Canada, and there's even a flash mob event planned for 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday outside Union Station in downtown Toronto to recreate Doc, Marty and Jennifer going back to the future to stop Marty's son from getting into serious trouble.
Cinepolis, Mexico's top theater chain, will screen the Back to the Future trilogy in 50 theaters in 33 cities throughout the country Wednesday through Sunday.
In one of its Mexico City cinemas, Cinepolis has installed a Back to the Future exhibit consisting of a tunnel lined with objects representing the film franchise's most iconic elements, including the watch tower, Marty McFly's hoverboard, sneakers and vest and, of course, the DeLorean.
Moscow's Pioner Cinema is screening all three restored films in the series as part of its "At the cinema, at last" program.
The cinema, which has a reputation for screening a range of arthouse and classic movies, dedicates one weekend a month to screening "classical movies, united by a common theme, style or director," says project manager Roza Amdilyan. "These films haven't been released in Russia, but it is never to late to see them on the big screen for the first time or to rediscover familiar movies." Recent movies in the program have included Once Upon a Time in America, Blade Runner and Taxi Driver.
Back to the Future will screen on Wednesday evening, with the two sequels scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Screenings are also scheduled for theaters in Novosibirsk, Siberia and Yaroslavl.
Australia’s largest exhibitor Hoyts will screen Back to the Future at 7:28pm local time on Wednesday at 28 of its cinemas nationally.
The Melbourne Symphpony Orchestra has also bought into the buzz of the 30th anniversary of the time traveling franchise. It will play Silvestri’s score live alongside screenings of the film over three sessions on Nov. 6 and Nov. 7. The screenings include the Australian premiere of additional music written by the composer especially for the film’s 30th anniversary.
The Doha Film Institute is organizing a special open-air screening series in Aspire Park, part of the "Cinema Under the Stars" program, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Back to the Future trilogy.
The first film will screen on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., followed by the other two movies on Nov. 6 and Nov. 20, respectively, at 8:00 p.m.
"Die-hard fans of the unrivaled adventure can also participate in the Back to the Future Instagram competition to recreate their favorite moments from the blockbuster and win exciting giveaways," the Doha Film Institute said.
In Latin America, Back to the Future marathons will be held by main multiplex chains as well as parties and events featuring all sorts of attractions, from DeLorean replicas to reenacted Enchantment Under the Sea prom nights.
In Brazil, multiplexes Cinemark, UCI Cinemas and Cinepolis will screen special Back to the Future marathons on Wednesday, while Rio de Janeiro's landmark cinema Odeon Theater, home of the city's recent film festival, will also throw a special party.
In Argentina, a “Fiesta del Futuro” in Buenos Aires' Niceto venue will feature the film’s Marvin Berry & The Starlighters, including original cast member Harry Waters Jr. who played Berry. The event has sold out and had to schedule an extra date.
A similar party will take place in Colombia, where Cinemark will screen the trilogy in several theaters. A special event featuring a DeLorean replica will be held at the Bogota's Royal Center.
In Chile, the art center Alameda in Santiago will follow the marathon screening with an Enchantment Under the Sea party that will kick off at midnight.
Oct. 21, 12:30 p.m. Updated with U.S. information.
Scott Roxborough, Pamela Rolfe, John Hecht, Agustin Mango, Nick Holdsworth, Pip Bulbeck, Etan Vlessing and Pamela McClintock contributed to this report.