Closing of the Circle K store “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”
The location served as an introduction to a life-changing moment (in more ways than one) in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, but the Circle K convenience store featured in the film may soon be gone. According to Hollywood journalistthe actual store with the parking lot where the titular heroes begin their journey through time has closed for the last time, but not without one last day of celebration.
In the pivotal scene, Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are stressed out about their story presentation in the Circle K parking lot when the sky opens up and Rufus (George Carlin) emerges from a phone booth offering the high schoolers a chance to travel back in time to get the answers (and historical figures) had to pass their final presentation. Seeing the phone booth ascend to the parking lot, Ted utters the famous phrase “Strange things are brewing at Circle K.”
The actual market location used in the film is 1010 West Southern in Tempe, Arizona, and earlier this year it was revealed that the long-running convenience store would soon be closing permanently.
“The rumors are not untrue,” read a statement from Circle K at the time. “We plan to close our store at 1010 W. Southern Avenue in Tempe. This is a place that has had the most triumphant moments in its more than 30 years of service to the Tempe community. We know the news will come across as no no odious to many, but get ready, amigos. We have ambitious plans for Circle K as we continue to expand in Arizona and around the world, opening new state-of-the-art stores and launching exciting new programs, offers and experiences to help make the lives of our customers a little more excellent every day. day.” It has not been revealed what will replace the store at the location or if there will be any historic designation made for the location.
That said, the last day of the store’s existence did not pass without a proper farewell. Harkins Theaters actually held two parking lot screenings on Wednesday night (May 19) of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure with the movie screened for fans. The screenings included a popcorn truck, 80s tunes played before the screenings, a quiz contest and photo ops with the phone booth setting. Additionally, “Bill” offered a special introduction to fans ahead of the movie.
When alerted to the store’s closure via a fan on Twitter, Alex Winter, who played Bill in the film, cited another of the film’s moments, “All we are…”, referring to the song of Kansas “Dust in the Wind”. “
The store officially closes its doors today with the Arizona Republic reporting that employees have been relocated to other stores. In addition to Circle K, other Tempe Valley locations used in the film include the now-closed Metrocenter mall and the Golfland Sunsplash water park.