Celebrate The 'Back to the Future' 30th Anniversary With Internet Location Tour
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Join us on a brief jaunt to commemorate the “Back to the Future” 30th anniversary. And don’t worry, because where we are going we don’t need roads.
Instead we will cross the transom of the Internet to highlight a healthy portion of the locations used in the iconic movie that garnered two sequels, taking audiences into the future and well into the past.
In much the same way, we do that here, showing off a movie that still holds up to this very day—and one that still shows throughout the world.
Back in the 1980s, audiences were promised a wacky romp through time with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover:
IMDB offers a quick glimpse at all the locations used to craft one of the more successful summer blockbusters.
Now the most iconic location is the Courthouse Square, which resides at the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot.
While fans enjoyed seeing the façade through the decades, the square was damaged in a fire in 2008.
Thankfully, as SCPR reports in 2010, the square was rebuilt to boast bigger and better faux buildings in the area.
But you may want to take a look at the film’s set in the real world. Fortunately, YouTube is up to the task.
Adam the Woo delivers a terrific scene-by-scene documentary of the various locations, including the Burger King featured at the beginning of the movie as well as the real Whittier High School, which was used as Marty’s school in Hill Valley:
Herve Attia also chronicles the film’s locations in an exhaustive and awesome effort on YouTube.
With Attia’s videos, you get a mash-up of the past and the present as locations get scenes superimposed on the footage. It’s, well, heavy.
From Whittier to a sizable portion of Pasadena, producers utilized a large swath of the Los Angeles area to create a film that captured the hearts and minds of multiple generations.
The homes, buildings and unforgettable sets are as much a part of the film as the brilliant characters.
Hill Valley just wouldn’t be the same without the clock tower, nor would it be as vibrant without the homes that housed a mischievous Lorraine Baines or a zany Doc Brown.
Thankfully, many of the locations stand today, treating a curious fan club we are certain will continue to grow another 30 years.
Now if you don’t mind, we will make like a tree and get out of here.
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