The futuristic Holomax movie theater in 2015.

A movie theater is a venue, usually a building, where movies are shown on a large screen.

On June 13, 1931, a film titled Shark was playing at the Essex Theater in Hill Valley.

On the evening of August 25, 1931, Arthur McFly went to the Town Theater to watch a showing of Frankenstein. A young Emmett Brown later went to the theater to watch the same film, which further inspired him in his career in science.


Young Emmett Brown and Edna Strickland walking in front of the Town Theater in 1931.

In an alternate timeline where Emmett Brown married Edna Strickland, Edna and Emmett watched The Virtuous Husband at the Town Theater instead of Frankenstein. On October 12, 1931, Frankenstein was still playing at the Town Theater. Citizen Brown, Emmett Brown's counterpart from the alternate timeline, watched the film three times that day.

In 1943, in Pasadena, California, Emmett Brown walked past the Fox Pasadena Theatre after an interview for a position on the Manhattan Project.

By 1955, outdoor movie theaters known as drive-in theaters had become popular. Hill Valley's drive-in was known as the Pohatchee Drive-In Theater.

On November 6, 1960, in the timeline where an elderly Biff Tannen used the DeLorean time machine to make his younger self a millionaire, Tannen Pictures premiered the film Dreams of a Madman at a movie theater in Hollywood, California.

In 1971, in the alternate timeline where Emmett and Edna Brown controlled Hill Valley, Edna ordered that the Town Theater be torn down as she felt movies corrupted the younger generation.

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The Hill Valley Theatre in 1991.

In 1984, Marty McFly and Jennifer Parker saw a Clint Eastwood film at a movie theater, on their first date.

By 1985, the Town Theater had become the gathering place for the Assembly of Christ church, while the Essex Theater had become an X-rated movie house. During this period, movies were shown at the Hill Valley Theatre.

On March 5, 1986, Marty and Jennifer saw the new Clint Eastwood film at a movie theater, to try to normalize their lives after they returned home from 2035.

By 2015, the Essex Theater was renovated as the Holomax Theater, and was showing the holofilm Jaws 19.