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Libyans mall

The Libyans' van enters the parking lot and drives by the Fox Photo stand.

"Losing control of their vehicle, the terrorist van driver was forced to swerve into a Fox Photo stand on the edge of the parking lot. The vehicle fell over and landed door-side down, trapping the terrorists inside. In the distance, a police siren wailed."
—From Back to the Future by George Gipe (quote, page 239)

A Fox Photo stand at Twin Pines Mall in Hill Valley was located in the parking lot in 1985, until it was totaled by a Volkswagen Station Wagon containing a group of Libyan terrorists, who had been pursuing Marty McFly in the DeLorean time machine when the car suddenly disappeared. The stand advertised a one-hour photo development service.

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  • As Twin Pines Mall/Lone Pine Mall was not seen again after Back to the Future, whether the stand was ever replaced remains unrecorded.
  • While the mall was not depicted in 2015, in actuality the most noticeable difference would be that the photo booth, if rebuilt, would be gone or long since closed as most have been with the dominance of digital photography and the end of film as a mass-market consumer medium.
  • Fox Photo was a real-life company in 1985, and was sold to Kodak the following year. (Movie audiences unfamiliar with the name Fox Photo — particularly those outside the United States — might have thought this to be an in-joke reference to Michael J. Fox.)
  • When Marty goes back in time seconds before he would otherwise have crashed into the booth, he runs over a scarecrow which was standing exactly where the booth will be. This might have signified its destruction in the future.

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