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'Back to the Future' Fan Fest Hits Iconic Parking Lot on Oct. 25


The parking lot from this iconic scene will serve as the site of a fan festival on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Back to the Future/YouTube
The parking lot from this iconic scene will serve as the site of a fan festival on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Back to the Future/YouTube

. That — and the replacement of human dog walkers and gas pumpers with robots — was the futuristic world that Marty and Doc found themselves in when they time hopped from 1985 to 2015.

Sure, the flick might be three decades old now. And the "hoverboards" that kids fly around on these days are firmly planted to the ground. Even the Cubbies, heading to the playoffs this year, haven't found a way to bring home the big one. But that hasn't stopped superfans from continuing to celebrate the life and times of Marty McFly.

This year commemorates the 30th anniversary of the original "Back to the Future" film's release. For a few glorious days of filming in the '80s, the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry, California, outside of Los Angeles served as the fictional Twin Pines Mall, whose parking lot Doc Brown uses to launch his time traveling DeLorean. Later this month, the mall will play host to the inaugural installment of what fans hope will become an annual Back to the Future Fan Celebration. The free event features '80s music from film-themed band The Flux Capacitors, DeLoreans on display alongside other props from the movie series, and a smattering of actors who it's safe to say will only be recognizable to the hardest or hardcore BTTF groupies.

The festivities are slated for October 25 — the same day t at we find Doc tinkering in his lab during the opening scene of the first film. That's less than 24 hours from the time Doc ultimately meets his demise and Marty accidentally takes the DeLorean for a jaunt back to 1955. In other words, anything can happen at the Twin Pines Mall.

"Back to the Future" fans are a rabid bunch, and the movie's iconic characters endure. This picture taken on July 8, 2016, showing a sand sculpture of Marty and Doc on the northern French seaside spot Touquet Beach.
"Back to the Future" fans are a rabid bunch, and the movie's iconic characters endure. This picture taken on July 8, 2016, showing a sand sculpture of Marty and Doc on the northern French seaside spot Touquet Beach.
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