Utahns embrace nostalgia as Marty McFly’s future becomes the present

Posted at 10:29 PM, Oct 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-22 00:29:26-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The future is now for "Back to the Future" fans. Wednesday, October 21, 2015 marked the day Marty and Doc landed in the future during the second movie.

In recognition of this monumental occasion in movie folklore, theaters across Salt Lake City and the country played the Back to the Future trilogy.

"It's like a little kid with Santa Claus, the same thing for adults it's like, 'Oh, that's my childhood,'" said fan Donald Ortiz.

From the hat, to the jacket, to the shoes, Ortiz has spent months trying to look just like Marty McFly in preparation for this event.

Ortiz was one of hundreds of people to watch the movies at The Tower Theater.

"We try to support our local nerds because we are nerds ourselves," said Levi Elder of the Salt Lake Film Society.

As Dr. Emmett Brown would say, 'Great Scott,' these fans have an energy level 1.21 gigawatts.

"This is a very important event, it is the future, so we had to take the day off to come here to see this," said fan Carrie Levitt.

"Three movies that have stood the test of time, we're here talking about them today, just like we were when they came out," said fan Tim Bussiam.

No "Back to the Future" celebration is complete without a DeLorean, and one was parked right outside.

Utahn Michael Nelson owns one of the 7,500 DeLoreans that were made.

"This draws so much attention, everywhere I go I'm asked if I have a flux capacitor," Nelson said of the iconic vehicle.

No flux capacitor? No problem. Fan Jimmy Martin has one tattooed on his leg.

"Every time I look at that tattoo I never regret it, I laugh every time I look at it," Martin said. "It's the only film I continuously watch, and it makes me smile every time I see it."