The Mid-State Delorean Club fired up the flux capacitors and sped 88 mph all the way to the Arlee Theatre in Mason City, Ill., on Saturday to celebrate “Back to the Future Day.”
It was in Part 2 of the movie trilogy that Doc Brown and Marty McFly traveled into the future to Oct. 21, 2015, where they were amazed to see flying cars, giant flat screen TVs and that the Chicago Cubs had won the World Series.
With all the national attention surrounding the films, Marcia Maxson, whose parents own the theater, sent an email to Martin Maier, president of the Delorean Club in St. Louis. She asked if any of the members would be willing to display their cars in front of the theater.
Maxson had arranged a triple feature Back to the Future Fest showing all the films, complete with photo and costume contests, trivia questions and door prizes. Food trucks and restaurants catered meals between the movies.
An email reply suggested that cameras be ready on Main Street for a visit at 10 a.m. Oct. 24. The excitement intensified as 14 Deloreans, led by a “Back to the Future” car with a Doc Brown look-alike, arrived in all their splendor and parked in front of the movie house.
Maxson’s parents purchased the theater in 2003, and a family affair to restore it back to all its 1936 glory began in earnest. More than $60,000 has been spent, and Saturday’s fundraiser was a real crowd pleaser for the small farming community in the heartland of Illinois.
Until next time, happy cruising!