Gas is 91 cents at this Hollywood station. Thank NBC’s ‘Quantum Leap’ reboot for turning back the clock

Average gas prices in California remain high. The state outperforms the United States on gas at about $5.40 a gallon. Los Angeles gas prices hit a record high of $5.25 over Labor Day weekend.

But at a Hollywood gas station in the shadow of the Capitol Records tower, drivers could fill up their tanks Thursday for a much cheaper price – 1985 cheap.

Try 91 cents a gallon.

The mock gas station that the mobile took over at 6301 Santa Monica Blvd is part of a publicity stunt by NBCUniversal for the Quantum Leap reboot. The show is about a physicist who jumps through time, inhabiting the bodies of different people throughout history, altering the past in the process.

It’s a smart marketing move in the midst of staggering inflation, when many low-wage commuting workers are dumping huge chunks of their paychecks into their gas tanks.

PR gag or not, the gas station pumps real petrol, from normal to super, as well as diesel. And the offer seems even more generous than actual time travel would allow.

According to the US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the average gas price in 1985 was actually $1.12.

A spokesman for NBCUniversal said the mock gas station opened at 9 a.m. Thursday and will close at 6 p.m., but warned it would only remain available while supplies last.

Customers could also purchase movie tickets on the premises for 1985 prices of $3.55. And yes, they are real too and can be redeemed at participating cinemas in partnership with Fandango.

The new show will air Monday at 7 p.m. on NBC and stream on Peacock the following day.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-15/cheap-gas-hollywood-nbc-quantum-leap-reboot Gas is 91 cents at this Hollywood station. Thank NBC’s ‘Quantum Leap’ reboot for turning back the clock

Sarah Ridley

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