1955 Lorraine’s House
“…He’s a peeping tom!”
Lorraine’s House Location from “Back to the Future”
Located in South Pasadena, California
Stepping onto Bushnell Avenue, like many streets in south pasadena, is almost like going back in time yourself. It’s the street the latchkey generation wished they could have grown up on. Nice houses, great lawns. It feels like you’re in 1955.
And that’s exactly why Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale picked this location for Lorraine’s 1955 house! Watch the movie closely, and then come to this site. You can walk the street where Marty looked up, and caught his future father in the act – of peeping!
Every time I see an actor from a movie in person they seem so tiny. With the Bushnell Avenue locations you get the opposite feeling. These houses are much bigger looking in person than they are on film. Not only that but the neighborhood is far more upscale than you’d expect.
So here you are in 1955. And of course this house is most familiar to those who remember George McFly peeping at Lorraine from the branch of a tree, and Marty realizing with surprise and disgust that, “He’s a peeping tom!”
Some have reported, though I am not sure why, that the tree branch George peeps from was not real. While I’m sure that in this shot Crispin Glover is not in the tree, (he’s probably on some kind of makeshift platform to allow the camera to line up the shot properly) he is shown in a real tree across the street and that tree branch IS there. I’ve spoken with several friendly neighbors who witnessed the filming and confirmed this. One nice older guy showed me some photos of production (mostly crew) but wouldn’t allow us to copy them. Because of the angle of the over-the-shoulder shot filmed on a platform people get confused. They look for a tree branch pointing directly towards the window when the actual tree branch points south west of it (to the left side).
You can see from the other screenshots below, and other shots in the movie, that George McFly is up in a tree, and with enough time spent figuring it out, you will realize the branch is there, it’s very real, and yes, it’s easy to climb! I’m not sure if the tree is on private property, and we assume no liability for you injuring yourself by climbing trees, but we like to comemmorate each visit by watching the world-famous Tony P climb the tree. Unfortunately Tony P died a few years ago, but we’ll never forget the time he climbed halfway out on the branch and was stuck in the tree for at least an hour.
If you try it out yourself, just make sure the people across the street don’t think you’re peeping in their windows!
Visiting Tip: George McFly and Biff’s (part2) 1955 houses are on the same street! Update: The homeowner in the house behind this tree doesn’t want anyone climbing in ut, but he said this while videotaping me awkwardly trying to climb the tree, and laughing, for liability purposes. So, go ahead and climb at your own risk, but he’s not going to pay for your medical bills.
ADDRESS: 1727 BUSHNELL AVENUE, SOUTH PASADENA, CA
GPS COORDINATES: +34.105691, -118.141549