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The distance between many filming sites.

The Back to the Future trilogy was filmed on multiple locations, as seen on List of filming locations. In the sequential order of scenes, the changes from one outside location to another were as follows:

Back to the Future

John F. Kennedy Drive to Courthouse Square to Hill Valley High School

  • (Burbank CA to Universal City), 5.2 miles
  • (Universal City to Whittier, CA) 27.5 miles

High school to Battle of the Bands audition

  • (Whittier to Burbank), 29.4 miles

Battle of the Bands to Courthouse Square

  • (Burbank to Universal City) 6.7 miles

Courthouse Square to McFly residence

  • (Universal City to Arleta, CA) 9.9 miles

McFly home to Twin Pines Mall

  • (Arleta to La Puente, CA) 39.6 miles

1985 Twin Pines Mall to 1955 Twin Pines Ranch

  • (LaPuente CA to Newhall CA) 51.8 miles

Peabody Farm to 1955 Lyon Estates:

  • (Newhall CA to Chino, CA) 71.7 miles

Two miles from 1955 Lyon Estates to 1955 Courthouse Square:

  • (Chino, CA to Universal City, CA) 52.5 miles

Marty follows George from Lou's Cafe to the front of the Baines residence

  • (Universal City, CA to South Pasadena, CA) 17.2 miles

Baines home to Doc's mansion

From Doc's front door into Doc's mansion

Doc's mansion to Lyon Estates billboard and inside of Doc's garage

  • (Gamble House, South Pasadena, to Universal City) 13.4 miles

Doc flees from his garage back to his mansion, yelling "1.21 gigowatts"!

  • (Universal City, CA to Blacker House, Pasadena) 17.7 miles

Doc's mansion (inside) to Hill Valley High School

  • (Pasadena, CA to Whittier, CA) 19.8 miles

Marty follows George home from school

  • (Whittier, CA to South Pasadena, CA) 18.9 miles

The scenes prior to the Enchantment Under the Sea dance alternate between Bushnell Avenue and the Universal City lot.

Exterior of Hill Valley High School and of high school HVHS gym

HVHS gym back to Hill Valley

  • (Hollywood, CA to Universal City, CA) 2.6 miles

Marty drives from the starting line to the wire at Courthouse Square

  • (Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA to Universal City, CA) 6.3 miles

Marty runs from downtown Hill Valley to the Lone Pine Mall

  • (Universal City, CA to Puente Hills Mall, Rowland Heights (City of Industry) CA) 29.6 miles

Back to the Future Part II

Back to the Future Part III

Behind the scenes

As with most motion pictures, scenes were actually filmed out of sequence, as locations, actors and other resources are available, and the scenes were put into order in the editing room.

Back to the Future

  • November 26, 1984: First scenes were filmed in front of Lorraine’s house (South Pasadena, CA) with Eric Stoltz.[1][2]
  • November 1984: Twin Pines Mall (La Puente, CA)..[3]
  • December 1985 (during Christmas vacation): Exterior of Hill Valley High School (Whittier, CA).[4]
  • January 1985: Twin Pines Mall (La Puente, CA) with Eric Stoltz for a few days, then thereafter with Michael J. Fox..[5]
  • March 1985: Inside Doc’s mansion (Blacker House).[6]
  • Early April 1985 (during Spring break): Exterior of Hill Valley High School (Whittier, CA)..[7]
  • Filming was completed April 20, 1985.[8]

Back to the Future Part II & Back to the Future Part III

References

  1. Back to the Future
  2. Feature Commentary with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton, Part 1
  3. Feature Commentary with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton, Part 1
  4. Feature Commentary with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton, Part 1
  5. Feature Commentary with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton, Part 1
  6. Feature Commentary with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton, Part 1
  7. Feature Commentary with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton, Part 1
  8. Back to the Future

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