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We then see 'Marty' skateboarding down
his home street, past those aging "Lyon Estates"
You can see those actual gates on display
during the Universal Studiostram
In the real world, Marty's home is
a long way from both Whittier and Burbank.
It's Roslyndale Avenue, a working class
street in the Pacoima/Arleta area of the San Fernando Valley.
But although Marty's home
is on Roslyndale Avenue, the aerial shot
of the street
where he's skateboarding (see above) was actually shot three streets
of Roselyndale, looking southeast down Sandusky
from the corner of Sandusky & Kagel Canyon
Here's a shot looking northwest
up Roslyndale Avenue in 2009, from Steve Mynott.
home (circa 1985) is located at 9303
Roslyndale Avenue, in Arleta, CA.
(Look for that giant electrical power tower behind the home.)
(This is a private home, do not trespass
on their property or disturb the residents!)
And below is a 2009 shot of the same house,
Having gotten a phone call from 'Doc Brown'
(Christopher Lloyd), asking him to meet him at
night at the "Twin Pines Mall",
'Marty' shows up there and is introduced to the time-traveling
DeLorean (and some hostile Libyan terrorists who try to kill them both).
This is indeed a real mall.
(Only the sign is fake.) But it's nowhere near Marty's home.
It is actually the Puente Hills Mall,
located 40 miles to the east, in the City of Industry.
The exact address is 1600 Azusa Ave.,
City of Industry,
CA; you'll find it right next to the
Pomona (60) Freeway, at the Azuza Ave. exit. The mall looks
more or less the same today.
'Marty' and 'Doc' successfully
test out the time-traveling Delorean in the mall parking lot,
then are suddenly attacked by angry, machine-gun-toting Libyan terrorists,
who shoot 'Doc'.
In order to escape, 'Marty' jumps into the DeLorean and tries to outrun
them. In the
process, he accidentally drives back in time 30 years, to the year 1955.
These scenes were shot in the
mall parking lot of on the south side
of the Puente Hills mall.
(That JC Penny store seen in these
scenes is now a Burlington Coat Factory
You'll find the mall's official website at http://www.puentehills-mall.com
And here are two shots Steve
took of the Puente Hill mall (after dark & in the daytime) in 2009:
Finding himself back in the past, Marty
first crashes into an old barn (above)
that's actually located
behind the walls of Disney's Golden
Oak Ranch(off Placerita Canyon Road in
Newhall, CA (a movie ranch which is off-limits to visitors, so don't bother
trying to go there.)
He then discovers the stone "Lyon Estates"
gates (below) that will mark the entrance to his
home street in 1985. In 1955, however, it's just empty land. And
empty farm land isn't easy to
find in modern L.A. So, unfortunately, it was shot way out in the town
of Chino, CA (which is
south of Pomona). The land is south of the Chino airport and north of a
women's prison, near
the NE corner of Bickmore Ave. & Cucamonga
Ave., in Chino, CA.
It's about 60 miles southeast
of Universal Studios and, suffice it to say, it's not worth the hour-long
(The Lyon gates, of course, are no longer there, but are on display at
Universal Studios Hollywood.)
'Marty' then discovers 1955
Hill Valley, a much cleaner and brighter place than the
run-down 1985 town he has left behind. Naturally, we are back at Universal
on the Courthouse Square set. The set
has been "redressed" in brighter colors, new
signs and vintage shops (e.g. the 'aerobics studio' is now 'Lou's malt
shop'). As we
previously mentioned, you'll pass this outdoor set on the Universal
Studios tram tour.
After spotting his young father in the
malt shop, and realizing he's a hapless nerd, 'Marty'
follows him, and finds him up a tree (with binoculars) peeping on his future
wife (Marty's mother),
via the bedroom window on the second floor of her 1955 family home.
Later, Marty tracks his Dad
down to his 1955 home, but his offer of help is not welcomed
(forcing Marty to disguise himself as a spaceman and 'invade' his Dad's
room to convince him).
Both his Mom's and his Dad's
homes are real houses, and both are located on the same block.
Mom's house (above) is located at 1727
Bushnell Ave., in South Pasadena.
Dad's house (below) is located just to the north, at 1711
Both houses are located on
the west side of the street.
are private homes, do not trespass on their property or disturb