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   During this period, serching more and more information about "Back to the Future" I realized a funny thing but fairly obvious if we think about it ... Everyone knows that "Back to the Future" was filmed into the Universal Studios in Hollywood, araound the famous square of the Court House. The set of course it was not only used for this movie, but also for many other films and TV series: in this second category, there are two TV series very dear to us, "Knight Rider" and "Street Hawk". Watching some episodes of these two TV series, I realized that the locations were the same (of course changed slightly due to the different periods in which they were carried out the shooting). I then analyzed the various angles of the square by comparing the images of "Back to the Future" with those of "Knight Rider" and "Street Hawk" trying to give a 360-degree view of the location. I hope you enjoy it! But now fasten your seatbelts ... we start !!!

   Today we start by analyzing the buildings located in the west side, on the opposite side of the Court House (identified by a red rectangle). This aerial map refers to the reconstruction of the current set, which occurred due to a fire in 2008 that destroyed most of the hystorical buildings. The set was entirely rebuilt with some variations of course that will show you at the end of this first episode.

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   At the beginning of the first movie, Marty after passing by the house of Doc, he realizes he's late for the school and with his skateboard attacks a passing jeep. During the journey passes in front of a flower shop that we had already seen in the episode "Vegas Run" (1x04) on "Street Hawk", but in this case it was used as a library.

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   Here you can see another scene of "Back to the Future" when Marty finally return in 1985 after being in 1955. The red squares identify the areas used in the episode "Vegas Run" (1x04) on "Street Hawk".

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   Here other images of the same sequence of "Street Hawk" where you can see better the details of the buildings. Having parked alongside "Street Hawk" the car of the witness at full throttle passing on the lawn of the square and heading towards the steps of the Court.

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   In the image below you can see two pictures taken by a depend of Universal in 1985 during the filming of "Back to the Future". In the picture on the left you can see the buildings analyzed in previous images in the configuration "1955", while in the right section you can see the same buildings in the configuration "1985".

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   In the next sequence of images you can see the Gas station of Hill Valley in 1985 (first image above) and in 1955 (second picture above). In the picture below you can see how it was configured the space previously occupied by the gas station (it should be noted that "Street Hawk" was filmed in 1984, then a year before "Back to the Future"), always taking in reference image of the episode "Vegas Run" (1x04) on "Street Hawk".

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   In the image below you can see a photograph taken by a depend of Universal in 1985 during the filming of "Back to the Future". This image portrayed the gas station in the configuration "1985".

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   In the following image it's possible to see a detail of the gas station in 2015, specifically the landing point for the immediate care of flying cars.

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   In the next picture is it possible to see the same gas station of Hill Valley in 2015. Alongside is an image found on Youtube about a tour made by a visitor in 1989 (here's the link: https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=zhFaIWvMSP0)

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   While Marty remains attached to the jeep, passing in front of some buildings, there is a gym with large windows where some girls are making aerobics. The same building, in the same color, can be seen in the episode "Night Sky" (4x04) of "Knight Rider".

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   Arrived in 1955 Marty goes to the same building, but 30 years before it was not a restaurant, but a diner called "Lou's Cafe". The same building, in the same color, can be seen in the episode "Fright Knight" (4x20) on "Knight Rider".

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   Marty after receiving the flier to save the clock tower, greets Jennifer while her father is waiting in front of the gym. The same building, in a different color, can be seen in the episode "A Good Day at White Rock" (1x04) on "Knight Rider".

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   Marty arrives in 2015 and he walk across the square of Hill Valley. He goes to the diner that after 30 years is still a diner but this time inspired by the 80's. The same building, in a different color, can be seen in the episode "A Good Day at White Rock" (1x04) on "Knight Rider" .

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   Here you can see another image of the diner in 2015. The building, in a different color, can be seen in the episode "Trust Doesn't Rust" (1x09) on "Knight Rider".

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   Here you can see the entrance to the gym in 1985 and more or less the same angle you can see the same building in the episode "A Good Day at White Rock" (1x04) on "Knight Rider".

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   Quick jump again in 2015 to see the 80's diner from another angle, comparing it with a sequence extracted from the episode "Fright Knight" (4x20) on "Knight Rider".

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   Marty, aboard the DeLorean, heading at full speed towards the Court House to touch with the pole the cable connected to the clock tower. On the left you can see the diner "Lou's Cafe". The same building can be seen, in the same color, in the episode "Fright Knight" (4x20) on "Knight Rider".

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   In the image below you can see a picture taken by a security guard at Universal Studios during the filming of the movie "Back to the Future". In this image you can see the building used as "gym" in 1985.

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   As I said at the beginning of this article, after the fire of 2008 that destroyed much of the square, good part of the buildings were reconstructed in totally identical to the original, except some others, like the building that housed the gym in 1985 and the diner in 1955 and 2015. Today, in its place there is a gas station (as you can see from the following pictures). Even the old service station is gone and in its place there is a normal building (as you can see from the map shown at the beginning of this article).

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   In the image below you can see another angle of the Courthouse square after the reconstruction of 2008. As you can see it is clear that instead of the building used as a gym/diner there is a gas station. Moreover you can see how the other buildings have changed.

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   Curious note: at the end of the episode "Vegas Run" (1x04) on "Street Hawk", the main character (indicated by green arrow) leaves the Courthouse square and in the distance you can see the back of a black truck (indicated by the red color) used as a mobile base in the TV series "Knight Rider".

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