The original Back to the Future was shown in HD on the Hollywood Bowl big screen accompanied by the LA Philharmonic playing the score, live! I’ve been to the Bowl many times to see a variety of musical acts. This was my first time attending a movie+music event. It was more fun than I anticipated. There is something about watching a classic movie you’ve seen a hundred times, with other people of the same ilk. As a group, you laugh when Lorraine calls Marty Calvin because it’s written on his underwear. You collectively cheer when George McFly punches Biff. We all say, “Great Scott!” together and it feels natural. It’s like movie night with your family. Your really big family.
The live score is a wonderful addition. It’s unobtrusive at first but as the film plays out, you realize the depth it adds to the viewing experience. Especially because the LA Phil only plays the score. All soundtrack songs are played as originally depicted. It’s in these moments where you notice the difference in quality. The live score adds to the suspense and envelopes you in dynamic surround sound. The musicianship was to be expected from an orchestra of this caliber. What impressed me was how seamlessly it fit with the movie. I noticed the conductor, David Newman even had a small TV screen on his conductor stand to time everything perfectly.
Before the film began, Bob Gale (Producer and Co-Writer) gave a brief speech and introduced the audience to some special guests. In attendance were: Christopher Lloyd (Emmet “Doc” Brown), Lea Thompson (Lorraine Baines), Donald Fullilove (Goldie Wilson) and Claudia Wells (Jennifer Parker); as well as composer Alan Silvestri. It was a lovely treat for fans of this 30 year old classic!
One of the best parts of watching any event at the Hollywood Bowl is the ability to picnic. Not just on the beautiful grounds before the show. You can picnic in your seat as well. Yes it takes some practice and juggling of wine and cheese plates, but it’s so worth it. There are many delicious options to try at the Hollywood Bowl. You can purchase meals and drinks at one of the Patina Restaurants or Market Cafes. You can pre-order gourmet picnic baskets for two. Should you be lucky enough to score one of the coveted 4 person box seats, you can call ahead and have your picnic basket delivered right to your seat. I prefer to pack my own snacks. There is something so satisfying about planning the perfect portable meal and packing it neatly into a cooler. I have this awesome convertible cooler that you can wear as a backpack or pull on wheels like a carry-on suitcase. It’s perfect for the Bowl. My tasty treats for this show included veggies dipped in homemade hummus spiked with smoked Spanish Paprika, Tabouli salad, lemon garlic turkey jerky, an assortment of olives, roasted salted mixed nuts and a bottle of Pinot Noir to wash it all down. Since no movie watching experience is complete without some boxed concession candy, I packed sour patch kids and grape flavored red vines for dessert.
The Hollywood Bowl is a must for anyone living in or visiting Los Angeles. It’s a completely unique experience unlike any other music venue. I recommend showing up early. Parking can be a bit of chore, so leave yourself plenty of time. If you’d like to see the next movie+music In Concert experience they are showing E.T. on September 6th. You can purchase tickets and find out all the info for upcoming events this summer at the Hollywood Bowl.