The Essex Theater was a movie theater that was located in the Courthouse Square of Hill Valley. This theater had been a part of Hill Valley since the late 1880s. The recognizable framework of the building was under construction in 1885 when Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen and his gang dragged Marty McFly through some lumber leaning against the front of the building.
At some time in the early 20th century, the interior would have been renovated from a live theater to a movie house.
By 1985, the Essex had been turned into an adult movie house that was open 24 hours a day. This was evident on the marquee as it showed the current movie was Orgy American Style and 'XXX RATED' was written on the opposite side.
By 2015, it was again renovated as the Holomax Theater to show holographic movies such as Jaws 19 directed by Max Spielberg. A holographic projector outside the theater could make three-dimensional images (such as a shark) appear from behind the marquee to the street in front of the theater.
Behind the scenes
- A sign can be seen on the right side of the 1955 theater marquee, advertising something "free", but is tantalizingly out of frame. A 1985 production, "The Making of Back to the Future", reveals that the sign said "Free Dishes".