What there is to know
- “Back to the Future with the LA Phil” at the Hollywood Bowl, August 5-6
- The Gamble House, believed to be Doc Brown’s home in the 1985 film, is open for tours in Pasadena
- The World-Famous Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood frequently visits the movie set Hill Valley, home to history’s famous Clock Tower
We don’t know where we can find something capable of delivering 1.21 gigawatts, or a workflow capacitor, but find a red puffy vest?
Which we can probably do, though locating a Walkman to complete our rad set, complete with a cool cassette tape and spongy headphones, might be slightly trickier.
Yet we don’t need any of those things to connect with the LA time travel classic, a story set in the fictional Hill Valley but still associated with a number of southern locations. from California.
The Hollywood Bowl is McFly-ing into our deepest movie dreams on the first Friday and Saturday of August, giving “Back to the Future” fans the joyful chance to see a favorite movie with live accompaniment from LA Phil (the famous score was composed by the great Alan Silvestri, of course).
Tickets are still available for the shows, and if you’re hoping a DeLorean will be parked in the century-old concert hall, which celebrates its own future-past milestone this year, you’re in luck: the Seagull- a jumping machine from winged decade will visit the Bowl, so plan for a snapshot or two.
(Hoping, of course, that you don’t slowly disappear from your photo due to some sort of time travel mishap.)
Need more Back-tastic action in your life stuck in the present?
There’s the Gamble House in Pasadena, also known as Doc Brown’s 1955 home, and although a tour of the interior reveals that the story wasn’t filmed inside the monument, the exterior is exactly the same as when the film was made in 1985.
Further away? The bookstore, located on the grounds of Gamble House, has several “Back to the Future” items for sale, including a vintage-looking OUTATIME California license plate.
Not too far from Pasadena is Universal Studios Hollywood, home to the World-Famous Studio Tour. Iconic tourist trams will often pass through the Hill Valley set, if filming is not taking place and the area is open to visitors.
Good news: the clock tower building is still there, although it has changed slightly over time.
And connect with some of the creative spirit and inventive inspiration that went into the memorable production design of “Back to the Future II” and “Back to the Future III”? Rick Carter, the production designer for both films, currently has an art exhibit called, oh yes, “TIME” at ESMoA in El Segundo.
“Heavy”, as Marty McFly would say.
Universal Studios and NBC-owned television stations operate under the same parent company NBCUniversal.