Wow! That’s the best place to start I think! On August 9th Pete, Sarah, Adam & I were part of something special – Back To The Future Secret Cinema.
The excitement started to build well before the night with various mails including one that gave us our new I.D’s for the night:
~ I was Susy Thompson (Susy T) an Egg Grader at Twin Pines Ranch
~ Adam was Randall Duncan (Randy D) a student at Hill Valley High
Other mails told us about pop up stores/diners & a postal/telephone exchange. I called up Randall on his 1955 phone number & left him a message inviting him to prom, he never replied but thankfully still turned up – men!
After all the negative press due to the first week being cancelled I think some people were apprehensive but once I’d got on my new dress (thanks to Lady Vintage) I was up for a great night & a belter of a night it was too!
On the tube it was funny looking around as more & more people got on in 50s outfits – we were all going to the same party but no one knew each other, it was like a secret society! We all met at Hackney Wick station & walked towards the (not very) secret location of the Olympic Park. Everyone had made a great effort with their outfits & it was hard to tell who was an actor & who was just visiting, out of nowhere Biff turned up with his gang & bullied George McFly right in front of us before a girl student walked with Randall to do their homework about Hydrogen.
After all this excitement it was time to go in. Whoop! First stop was Peabody’s Ranch....round the corner was Lyons Estate where we had a nosey into various houses....past the Texaco garage & finally into the Town Hall Square. Wow! There were vintage cars driving around & people everywhere, well about 3,500 of them!
We popped into the Travel Agents & booked a holiday to Hawaii, the Printing Press where Randy printed a poster, the Comic shop where I bumped into an old college friend (random or what?!), the High School where we had a dance together at the prom, wandered round the county fair & finally Lou’s Diner where we had a (Byron) burger & chips. Yum!
It was then time to claim our spot in front of the Clock Tower on the square. We sat there munching on our burgers watching the (1955) world go by & in between the crowds we caught glimpses of Marty running around with Biff not far behind & the Doc trying out various inventions. It was fun to stop a minute & watch everything that was happening around. Biff came up to Randy to ask if his shirt was pink or red?! Thankfully Randy had the right answer & escaped Biffs clutches.
Before the film there was a Town Parade, Mayor Red Thomas spoke to the crowd, Bob Gale (yes THE Bob Gale who wrote BTTF) introduced the film & Marvin Berry & The Starlighters played a few tunes to jive along to. Then the clock struck & the film began to cheers from the crowd.
While the film was showing actors also performed the key scenes in & around the town hall square while everyone cheered & booed along.... the Delorean got the biggest cheer of them all. There were car chases with Marty hanging off the back of a pick up truck on a skateboard while Biff chased after in his vintage convertible, during the prom scene everyone got up & danced, George McFly beating up Biff was a personal highlight with the crowd really getting behind him, then the grand finale....the lightning strike at the Clock Tower, the Doc was in front of the clock, the Delorean was driving around picking up speed & everyone was getting excited, then there was a flash & all that was left were 2 flaming tyre tracks on the road.... A.maz.ing! Everyone roared!
Straight after the film was the Enchantment Under The Sea dance, we stayed for a few songs then came back down to earth with a bump & got back on the tube to take us home & back to 2014. What an amazing night!
*I wrote this straight after we went so I wouldn’t forget anything but am posting it now so I wouldn't spoil anything for anyone still to go.... if you want to see more check out the video on the Telegraph website HERE.