Back to the future

Released; 1985

Location; Los Angeles, California. USA

In 1985 when Back to the future came out I was 9 years old and I spent my summer holidays going to see this film and The Goonies at my local cinema (ABC Toledo, Muirend, Scotland).

Both films are now ingrained as part of my childhood but Back to the future and the following two sequels are also a major part of my teens, twenties, thirties and as much as I hate to admit it now my forties. So when there was the possibility of visiting the film locations I sat down and trawled the maps and planned the routes to be able to get round as many locations as possible.

According to my calculations this should have taken around three and a half hours but thanks to L.A. traffic and trying to match as many scenes as possible in each location it turned into an eight hour day.

As you can see from the pictures below I think I managed to cover most of the key scenes from Porte Hueme where the Delorean was destroyed at the end of Back to the future 3 to possibly the most important location of the film at Puenta hills mall which doubled as Twin pines mall in the film and is the first time we get to see Doc Brown and his time machine. One little bonus find in the Puenta hills mall was finding the Twin pines mall sign. 

One place I didnt get to visit this time was Universal studios where Hill Valley and the clock tower scenes were filmed. I did however visit there in 2010 but for some reason I cant find any pictures of the town square but I have added pictures of the Lyon estates gate posts and of the original A car Delorean and Biffs Ford.

I hope you enjoy the videos and picture sets below and if you have any connection to the film please get in touch and let me know. 

Then and now gallery

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