Austin, Texas is very proud of their Alamo Drafthouses and why shouldn't they be? They are beautifully intimate movie theaters that combine a community setting for film lovers of new titles and classic revivals with dinner, dessert or whatever you choose to partake in from a full menu. Well, the suburbs of Chicago have their own now "Alamo," thanks to the Hollywood Blvd. Theatres. First in Woodridge and now at the newly-minted Hollywood Palms location in Naperville, IL, the suburbanites of the Windy City now have a big taste of what I've been telling them about for years during my trips to the South by Southwest Film Festival every March. And while Michael J. Fox was toasting his Canadian brethren at the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, the man he once called Doc and the mom who wanted to "park" with him were joined by a principal with an eye for slackers and a girlfriend who was once a sight for sore eyes.

Yes, this weekend audiences at Hollywood Palms were treated to a reunion of Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, James Tolkan and Claudia Wells and screenings of the 1985 Robert Zemeckis classic, Back To The Future, to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Yours truly was honored to host a Q&A session before the 8:00 showing on Saturday, February 27. The foursome could not have been friendlier and more accommodating as we discussed Marty & Doc's friendship, George & Lorraine's marriage, the seesaw casting of Jennifer Parker in the original film and a red-letter date in the history of Mr. Tolkan's great career, among other things.

And we have some video to prove it...
categories Interviews, Cinematical