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...
Upcoming events at Hollywood Blvd. include screenings of Cry-Baby with Traci Lords (March 12), The Exorcist with Linda Blair (March 13), The Four Musketeers with Richard Chamberlain (March 13) and a West Side Story reunion with Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn (April 10). An upcoming appearance by none other than Dan Aykroyd was also teased at this weekend's events.

My sincerest thanks to owner Ted Bulthaup and director of marketing Angelique Brunsman for the opportunity to discuss my favorite film of all time in front of three packed auditoriums, and to Collin Souter for documenting the evening for those unable to get tickets to the sold out event. Hope you like what we put together here!

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