One note: The film locations are cited in the order we visited them -- not the order that they appear in the films. And I decided to include screen caps from the DVDs of the film scenes for points of reference.
|The River Road Tunnel Entrance
The day began at 9:30 A.M., and a meeting with the others at the "Starting Point" Marty uses in 1955. However, when Nicole and I got there -- "there" being Griffith Park -- the guys called us on her cell and told us they were running late with breakfast. (Nicole and I had downed some coffee cake in our room that my mom baked and I'd brought from Oregon.) So we killed some time by driving ahead to the tunnel used in BTTF2, which was up the road and around the corner. As we went up the road, things felt weirdly familiar. It curved around just like in the film, heh heh. This was the way we came in the tunnel -- and I think that this is the way Biff came in on his way to the dance.
Shots of entering the tunnel, etc. Yes, it is much shorter than the film would suggest. Bob Gale explains some of the tricks they used to fool the eye on the DVD commentary tracks.
|The River Road Tunnel Exit
This would be the end of the tunnel where Biff got manure dumped on him, and Marty got away on the hoverboard and with help from Doc. I posed in one shot.
|The Blue Bird Motel & "Start Here" Point
One would think with a group of fans -- seven, too -- that we would know exactly where it was that the scene was filmed in. Um, no. The directions were precise to a point -- the "Starting Point" was before the Greek Theater in Griffith Park -- but that left a large stretch of road. And trees look so much alike. Also, the scene took place at night, which always makes things look a lot different. So most of us ended up taking pictures of the whole strip, and then later tried to piece together where the point was. This is as close as I can figure it; the crooked tree helped a bit to place it. And it appears that the bench in the film shots was moved, as there were no benches that corresponded to that precise distance from the light post.
|The McFly House
The McFly House is probably my personal favorite in regards to film sights. Perhaps because it looks so virtually unchanged from what we see in the film. (Although when we were there in December, the owners had some festive icicle lights hung; it was a week before Christmas Eve.)
|The Key Areas
I used my zoom lens to get closer shots of the front door, the garage, and the gate -- three key areas used in the films. Note the house number, which is the same as in the film.
Some shots of the street before the home, which also played an important visual role in the films.