At long last, 26 years after the film’s release, today is the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrive in the future in Back to the Future Part II. Despite occupying only a fraction of the running time of the entire trilogy, the futuristic 2015 is one of the most iconic and memorable depictions of the future on film.
Dozens of websites have already covered what BTTFII got right and wrong about the distant future of 2015, so instead, let’s round up all the Back to the Future-related happenings in the city today!
Reston, VA is the center of the biggest celebrations: as part of the Washington West International Film Festival, the city has changed its name to Hill Valley and will host a marathon screening of the trilogy at EXACTLY 7pm tonight. On Sunday, WWIFF will also screen a new documentary about the history of the series and a sold-out red carpet celebration featuring Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd.
If you can’t make it out to Reston, the Regal 14 in Gallery Place downtown will host a screening of BTTFII at 5pm… which we assume is as close as they could get to the 4:29pm, the exact time Marty and Doc arrive in the future. The Esquire Network will also run a marathon of the series throughout the day. (Our copy of Back to the Future II is already checked out, sorry! The original is still available though.)
And for the 21+ crowd, Fantom Comics in Dupont Circle will hold a Back to the Future celebration party this evening, complete with a costume and impression contest. Hill Valley-themed drinks are promised.
We could join the chorus bemoaning that we didn’t get hoverboards or self-drying jackets, but instead, let’s celebrate that our 2015 is exciting in different, totally unexpected ways. for instance, you’re reading this blog post that I wrote from the basement of a library instead of a newspaper! Take that, USA Today!