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Los Angeles County, California with Marianne
February 2012
While spending a week visiting Marianne in Southern California (LA County to be specific) we visited a lot of popular tourist sites along with some lesser known, but equally interesting places. Many of these were filming locations from the Back to the Future movies. You can't be in SoCal and not run into a lot of TV and movie locations. We went to Warner Brothers Studios and also other places that are interesting on their own like the La Brea Tar Pits and Griffith Observatory, but of course, have movie tie-ins as well.

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01-02 Mountains 01-06 Lone Pine Mall 01-07 Lone Pine Mall
Mountains and palm trees. Definately in California.
Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry is better known as Twin Pines/Lone Pine Mall from Back to the Future. Just picture a DeLorean tearing across the parking lot.
Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry is better known as Twin Pines/Lone Pine Mall from Back to the Future. Just picture a DeLorean tearing across the parking lot.
01-12 Hill Valley High School 01-16 Doc's House 01-17 Doc's Garage
Whittier High School played the part of Hill Valley High School in Back to the Future
We toured the Gamble House (as in Proctor & Gamble) which was Doc Brown's mansion in Back to the Future.
Doc Brown's garage was where the DeLorean time machine was built in Back to the Future. now it's the gift shop for the Gamble House.
01-21 Marty McFly's House 01-23 Griffith Park Tunnel 01-24 Griffith Park Tunnel
I wonder if the people who live at 9303 Roslyndale Ave in Pacoima expect Michael J. Fox to walk out every time they come home since they live in Marty McFly's house from Back to the Future.
The Griffith Park Tunnel was in the first 2 Back to the Future movies and was also the entrance to Toontown in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The Griffith Park Tunnel was in the first 2 Back to the Future movies and was also the entrance to Toontown in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
01-28 Griffith Observatory 01-29 View from Griffith Observatory 01-30 Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory has a great planetarium show and great views. It also was featured in the movie Rebel Without a Cause among others.
We picked a bit of a smoggy day to visit Griffith Observatory, but it paid off with a fantastic sunset later.
Griffith Observatory has a great planetarium show and great views. It also was featured in the movie Rebel Without a Cause among others.
01-31 Hollywood Sign 01-34 Griffith Observatory Ceiling 01-35 Einstein Statue
That's the Hollywood sign over there as the sun begins to set over the Hollywood Hills.
The ceiling in the lobby of Griffith Observatory
Einstein sits on a bench demonstrating the amount of the sky that would be covered by holding your finger a foot from your face.
01-36 Griffith Observatory Doors 01-37 James Dean Bust 01-39 Marianne at Griffith Observatory
The entrance to Griffith Observatory was the site of one of the pivotal scenes in the movie Rebel Without a Cause.
Monument to James Dean's role in Rebel Without a Cause at Griffith Observatory as the sun sets and the moon plus 3 planets begin to come into view.
A smoggy day equals a spectacular sunset. I couldn't resist this beautiful photo op.
01-41 View from Griffith Observatory 01-45 from Griffith Observatory 01-46 Moon and Planets
Looking down over the city from Griffith Observatory
This landing at Griffith Observatory is where the knife fight scene from Rebel Without a Cause was filmed
There were three planets plus the moon visible the night we visited Griffith Observatory.
02-01 Long Beach 02-04 Queen Mary 02-07 Long Beach
If this road in Long Beach looks like it's part of a Formula 1 track, that's because it is.
The Queen Mary is now a floating Hotel and museum
Long Beach Harbor
02-09 Long Beach 02-13 Ferris Wheel 02-14 Roller Coaster Bridge
Long Beach Harbor
Yes, that's a ferris wheel by the road in Long Beach
That's not a roller coaster, it's a pedestrian bridge built to be reminiscent of The Pike amusement area in Long Beach.
02-16 Run Forrest Run License Plate 02-17 Long Beach Harbor Lighthouse 02-23 Queen Mary
RUN FORREST RUN! Lunch at Bubba Gump's Shrimp Company in Long Beach
Long Beach Harbor Lighthouse
The Queen Mary is now a floating Hotel and museum
02-25 Scorpion 02-28 Engine 02-29 Engine Room Gauges
The Russian submarine Scorpion is docked next to the Queen Mary
One of the turbines that powered the Queen Mary
In the engine room of the Queen Mary
02-30 Telegraph 02-31 Prop 02-33 Exit Signs
You never know when you'll need excess white or black smoke
The last reminaing intact prop on the Queen Mary
The signs aboard the Queen Mary are a bit contradictory of each other
02-35 Long Beach View from Queen Mary 02-36 Long Beach View from Queen Mary 02-38 Queensway Bridge from Queen Mary
Long Beach by day as seen from the Queen Mary
Long Beach by night as seen from the Queen Mary
Queensway Bridge as seen from the Queen Mary
02-39 Long Beach View from Queen Mary 03-02 Santa Anita Park 03-04 Bushnell Avenue, South Pasadena
Looking across Queensway Bay at downtown Long Beach from the Queen Mary
Santa Anita Park
Bushnell Avenue in South Pasadena is home to several Back to the Future filming sites. I was also the street from The Wonder Years.
03-05 George's House 03-06 Biff's House 03-07 El Monte Tower
George's house from Back to the Future
Biff's house from Back to the Future
A visit to Marianne's "office"
03-10 Charlie 03-11 La Brea Tar Pits 03-13 Trees
I was not only in California to visit Marianne, but was there to see Charlie too.
The La Brea Tar Pits are a fascinating place. I only previously knew about these because of the Tommy Lee Jones movie Volcano.
We don't have plants like this in New Jersey
03-17 Lake Pit 03-18 Lake Pit 03-20 Lake Pit
The Lake Pit at the La Brea Tar Pits swallows a mammoth
Tar continues to rise from the tar pits
The La Brea Tar Pits are still quite active
03-31 Universal Studios Entrance 03-32 Buca di Beppo at Universal CityWalk 03-33 Hard Rock Guitar
Entering Universal Studios
We had a great dinner at Buca di Beppo at Universal CityWalk
Universal CityWalk
03-34 Cinema Plaza 04-03 Warner Brothers Studios Water Tower 04-04 Warner Brothers Studios Sign
Universal CityWalk
Seeing the Warner Brothers water tower can only make yuo think of one thing... The Animaniacs!
Touring Warner Brothers Studios
04-05 Bugs Bunny Statue 04-06 Harry's Law Set 04-09 Lot used in Friends with Jean Claude van Damme
Bugs bunny greets guests at Warner Brothers Studios
The set of Harry's Law on the Warner Brothers lot
You may recognize this from the Friends episode with Jean Claude van Damme
04-11 Lot used in ER Season 1 04-13 Mentalist Filming 04-16 Lot used as Rugby Field in Friends
The end of the "street" on the Warner Brothers lot was the ambulance bay from season 1 of ER
Filming the Mentalist on the Warner Brothers lot
This tiny patch of grass is the field where Ross played Rugby on Friends
04-17 Dressing Lot for Hart of Dixie 04-18 Dressed Back Lot 04-19 Church on Warner Brother's Back Lot
Crews dress the set for Hart of Dixie. Note that the leaves on the trees stop at the top of where the camera can see.
Fully dressed back lot at Warner Brothers
That's not a real church, it's on the Warner Brothers back lot
04-21 Dressing Lot for Hart of Dixie 04-22 General Lee 04-23 Gran Torino
Fake leaves and sphagnum moss almost make you believe the set of Hart of Dixie is really in Alabama
Do I really need to tell you that this is the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard?
Clint Eastwood actually owns the car from Gran Torino
04-25 Rebel Without a Cause Poster 04-27 Harry Potter Ford Anglia 04-29 Marianne & Michael with Hogwarts Express
Coming full circle from our visit to Griffith Observatory, there's an image from Rebel Without a Cause
You may not know this is a Ford Anglia, but you have to know it's from Harry Potter.
We're ready to board the Hogwarts Express
04-30 Friends Central Perk Set 04-31 Friends Central Perk Set 04-32 Marianne and Michael on Central Perk Set
The Central Perk set is so iconic that it's still maintained even though the show, Friends, has been off the air for 8 years.
The Central Perk set is so iconic that it's still maintained even though the show, Friends, has been off the air for 8 years.
We may not be Ross and Rachel, but our butts are on the same sofa theirs occupied at Central Perk.
04-37 Friends Stage Sign 04-39 ER Ambulance Bay Entrance and El Tracks 04-41 LA Skyline
The Friends Stage
Through that archway is the ambulance bay from ER, or so we can imagine.
Downtown Los Angeles skyline
04-44 Hollywood Walk of Fame 04-45 Capitol Records Building 04-47 Kodak Theatre Entrance
Walking the Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Capitol Records Building in Hollywood
Street in front of the Kodak Theatre was still all set up from the Oscars the night before
04-49 Kodak Theatre 04-50 Kodak Theatre 04-51 Grauman's Chinese Theater
The Kodak Theatre hosted the Oscars the night before we were there.
The Kodak Theatre hosted the Oscars the night before we were there. This is where the red carpet was.
Grauman's Chinese Theater
04-52 Donald Duck Handprints 04-55 Whoopi Goldberg Handprints 04-56 John Travolta Handprints
Donald Duck's footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater
Whoopi Goldberg's hand, foor and dreadlock prints at Grauman's Chinese Theater
John Travolta's hand and foot prints at Grauman's Chinese Theater
04-58 Handprints 04-59 Ron Howard Handprints 04-60 Sid Grauman Handprints
lots of hand and foot prints outside Grauman's Chinese Theater. Jimmy Stewart, Gene Autry, Dean Martin, Bruce Willis, Peter Sellers and others.
Ron Howard's hand and foot prints at Grauman's Chinese Theater
Sid Grauman's hand and foot prints at Grauman's Chinese Theater
04-61 Oscars Press Route Sign 04-62 Michael J Fox Star 04-65 Mel's Drive-In
The press route from the Oscars was still marked out from the previous night
And the most important star... Michael J. Fox
Mel's Drive-In
04-67 Hollywood Sign 04-68 View From Mulholland Drive 04-69 View From Mulholland Drive
The always iconic Hollywood sign
Looking down from Mulholland Drive
Looking down at Hollywood and Los Angeles from Mulholland Drive.

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