Doc Brown's garage was the garage originally part of his mansion. Initially it served primarily as Doc's laboratory, but when the mansion burned down in 1962, the garage became a free-standing structure that eventually was built around as Riverside Drive became John F. Kennedy Drive. It served as Doc's home from that point on.
By 1985, the garage had become a mess. Inside was a large CRM-114 amplifier, over 60 clocks all set at exactly the same time (though exactly 25 minutes slow), a television set, a automatic dog feeder, and a stolen case of plutonium that Doc obtained from Libyan terrorists.
In the alternate 1985, the garage was abandoned after Doc was committed into a mental institution. Items were disheveled and had gathered dust and cobwebs.
Due to young Emmett developing a better relationship with his father, a new present was created in which Doc and his family stayed in the present. As a result, the estate sale is now just a garage sale.
Behind the scenes
- In the first film, 63 clocks can be seen, including one digital, and one that shows Harold Lloyd hanging from a clock tower from Safety Last, foreshadowing the events later in the film. Initially, they all read 7:53 A.M., just before Marty enters, except for the one closest to the box of plutonium that had the correct time of 8:18.
- The actual garage for the Gamble House in Pasadena served as the exterior for the 1955 scenes. A replica was constructed for the closeups, and, set up adjacent to the Burger King in Burbank, for the filming of the lone exterior scene in 1985. The interior shots were filmed on a soundstage.
- Back to the Future
- Back to the Future Part II
- Back to the Future Part III
- Back to the Future: The Game