Augusta becomes Hill Valley for one day
By proclamation of the mayor, the City of Augusta, Kansas will cease to exist on Friday, July 3 and “Hill Valley” will take its place for the day. Mayor Matt Childers and the Augusta City Council voted to rename Augusta for a day in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the movie “Back to the Future,” which is being featured that evening by the historic Augusta Theatre.
“The theatre is celebrating its 80th anniversary and we all loved the ‘Back to the Future’ movie franchise,” Childers said. “This is just a really cool way to showcase one of our greatest community venues.”
“We have a clock tower at the end of our round-about and thought this would be a fun way to highlight our town, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the movie, and provide a little extra fun factor,” said Michelle Spainhower, manager of the Augusta Theatre.
The theater will play all three “Back to the Future” films starting at 6:30 p.m. on July 3, but that is just part of the celebration.
“We will have a cookout, a Marty McFly look-a-like contest and parade at 5 p.m., and pictures with a Delorean from 5 to 6:30 p.m.,” said Spainhower. “This is a family-friendly event that won't strain a family's entertainment budget.”
You can see all three movies for just $8, or buy four admissions for only $15. There will also be a barbeque with hamburgers and hotdogs.
Lisa Jeter, executive director for Downtown Augusta Inc., said this event helps to promote the downtown charm of Augusta.
“The historic Augusta Theatre is a very important part of Augusta History and a beautiful place to visit,” Jeter said. “Downtown Augusta is very excited about this event and supporting such a historic place.”
The Augusta Theatre first opened its doors in 1935, but don’t let the age fool you. The venue features comfortable new seats, a top-of-the-line digital projector, and Dolby surround sound.
“Downtown Augusta is alive and well and the theatre is a movie house that blends the best of current digital technology and sound, with historic beauty and architecture,” Spainhower said.
Downtown Augusta, Inc is a non-profit organization committed to increasing consumer business, strengthening retail and professional institutions, assisting in the preservation and maintenance of the community's heritage and promoting pride in the community's institutions and achievements through design, promotion, economic restructuring, and organization.