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FARGO - On Wednesday, fans can travel back to "Back to the Future's" future in the present, which is the "Future" future. Heh.

Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), left, and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) arrive in 2015 in "Back to the Future Part II." Special to The Forum

FARGO – On Wednesday, fans can travel back to "Back to the Future's" future in the present, which is the "Future" future. Heh.

In 1989's "Back to the Future Part II," Doc Brown, Marty McFly and Marty's girlfriend time-travel to Oct. 21, 2015. After visiting 2015, Marty must repeat his visit to 1955 to stop disastrous changes from happening to 1985, but without interfering with his first trip. Got that?

To refresh your memory, you can catch a showing Wednesday night at West Acres Cinema or the Fargo Theatre.

West Acres' pre-party starts at 6:30 p.m. with a 1985 costume contest, trivia and more. The first 75 people to show up and buy a fountain drink will get a free collector's "Pepsi Perfect" T-Shirt. The movie will be shown at 7.

General Manager Rick Solarski expects the event to sell out. "(Advance) sales are so strong, there's no doubt we're going to sell it out," he said Thursday afternoon. "I think well over 100 tickets will be sold ahead of time."


Local nonprofit Unseen, which works to fight human trafficking and its causes, is hosting the Fargo Theatre party. Costumes are encouraged, and half of the $10 ticket price goes to the organization's efforts. Doors open at 6:45, with the movie starting at 7:30.

In honor of Back to the Future Day Wednesday, as well as the 30th anniversary of the first "Back to the Future" movie, let's take a look at a few of the predictions "Back to the Future Part II" made about 2015.

"Jaws 19."

In the writers' playful take on 2015, "Jaws 19," directed by a "Max Spielberg," is showing at a "Holomax" seen behind Marty. Fun fact: Steven Spielberg actually has a son named Max who was born in 1985.

OK, so the "Jaws" franchise ended with the fourth film, "Jaws: The Revenge," in 1987. However, Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" started just a year later, and since 2010, it's been the longest-running cable television event in history.

Plus, this holiday season brings the seventh film in the "Star Wars" franchise. Marty would've been a kid when the original came out in 1977.

Cafe '80s.

Soon after he arrives in 2015, 1985 Marty goes into an '80s-themed restaurant and arcade, where he encounters a baby Elijah Wood (so cute!). There, he gets a "Pepsi Perfect." Pepsi is releasing a limited-edition "Back to the Future" bottle on Wednesday in honor of the trilogy's anniversary. The bottle costs $20.15 (clever), but hey, it'll be a collector's item.


I don't know of any 1980s-themed restaurants, but '80s nostalgia is very much alive. I played arcade classics Frogger and Ms. Pac-Man (and failed terribly) just this summer. 1980s-themed parties pop up on the regular. Fashion from the era, particularly late-'80s styles like acid-washed jeans and neon accents, is "back." (Did it ever really leave?)

Self-tying shoelaces.

Doc gives our time-traveling hero a futuristic wardrobe update, including Nike sneakers with self-tying shoelaces, to help him blend in. Nike released a real version of the Hyperdunk Supreme (aka "Air McFly") in 2008. In 2011, they released the Air Mag, but without power laces. Shoe designer Tinker Hatfield promised fans a light-up, self-lacing Mag yet this year, but with only a few months left, we'll see if that actually happens.

If you go

What: "Back to the Future Part II" party and screening

When: The pre-party starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the movie at 7.

Where: West Acres Cinema, 4101 17th Ave. S., Fargo

Info: Tickets cost $5 and are available at West Acres or through the Marcus Theatres app.



What: "Back to the Future Part II" party and screening

When: Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the movie at 7:30.

Where: Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway

Info: Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door; half of the price goes to Unseen.

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