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Photos: Lea Thompson and Deloreans at 'Back to the Future'


Saturday night, the SIFF Cinema at the Uptown in Queen Anne was ablaze with Back to the Future fans who gathered for a special screening of the film with actress Lea Thompson leading a procession of two dozen DeLoreans.  The sold out SIFF and Comi-Con sponsored event attracted fans of many ages, proving the 1985 film is still more popular than ever.  A handful of fans showed up in costume, with a half dozen Marty McFlys, three Doc Browns, and a bunch of women in poodle skirts.

The event kicked off just before 9:00pm with a vehicular parade led by members of the Pacific Northwest DeLorean Club, a community of enthusiasts dedicated to Doc Brown’s fictional time travel machine.  Actress Lea Thompson arrived in one of the vehicles, making her way down a red carpet and into the theater where she conducted a quick Q&A before the film began.  Thompson, who played Marty McFly’s mother Lorraine in the film, is also known for her lead role  in Caroline in the City and now stars in NBC’s drama Switched at Birth.  During her Q&A session, Thompson revealed interesting facts about Back to the Future, including the fact that Eric Stoltz initially had the lead role of Marty McFly, and John Lithgow was originally desired for the part of Doc Brown.  She also expressed amazement and appreciation for the film’s longevity, noting that most fans in the audience hadn’t even been born when the movie debuted in 1985. Given Saturday night’s turnout, it sounds like there will be Back to the Future fans for generations to come!  Check out photos from the event below with more on Flickr.