This past week, a ‘future’ car visited the past in Riverbank, searching for the present presentation of its iconic movie. A real live version of the Back to the Future movie car, a DeLorean, was spotted in front of the Riverbank Historical Museum.
Riverbank native Josh Tigner, now of Oakdale, owns a copy of the famed vehicle and visited the museum last week, checking to see how the Historical Society’s fundraising efforts were going.
Committee Chairman Rich Holmer said the society is continuing its efforts to build an annex next to the current facility, on Santa Fe Street in downtown Riverbank, by hosting a screening of the next film in the Back to the Future series, Back to the Future II. He said the film will be shown on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Galaxy Theatres on Patterson Road. The presentation will mark just a year short of the 30th anniversary of the Nov. 22, 1989 debut of the movie.
The society screened the first film in the series back in November 2016, also a fundraiser, that helped celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original release. Tigner brought the 1981 DeLorean to that showing as well. There’s a rumor that fans may be seeing double when they notice the DeLorean(s) in front of the theatre on movie night and photo opportunities will be available for filmgoers as well.
Tickets for the fundraiser are just $20 each, and are available at the museum during its open hours, from society members, and at O’Brien’s Market. The museum is at 3237 Santa Fe Str., Riverbank and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon, and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Film fan attendees will be eligible for one of several door prizes during the event. First off, Holmer said, there will be a $100 gift certificate for use at Galaxy Theatres, as well as another $50 certificate. In addition, there will be two sets awarded of the 3-DVD 30th Anniversary Edition of the Back to the Future film series.
Part II and Part III of the series were filmed back to back, beginning early in 1989.
Back to the Future Part II was reported to also be a ground-breaking project for effects studio Industrial Light & Magic (ILM): In addition to digital compositing, ILM used the VistaGlide motion control camera system, which allowed an actor to portray multiple characters simultaneously on-screen without sacrificing camera movement.
Part II had a budget of $40 million and grossed $330 million, making it the third highest grossing film of 1989.
Part III was filmed partly in Sonora and Jamestown in Tuolumne County.