Back to the Future Part III to celebrate 30th anniversary – Here’s what scenes shot in Oxnard look like today
OXNARD, CA — Back to the Future Part III hit theaters May 25, 1990, which means it’s been 30 years since Oxnard’s Doris Avenue and Oxford Drive hit the silver screen as planned neighborhood Hilldale in the iconic film. Railroad tracks at South Ventura Road and Shoreview Drive in neighboring city Port Hueneme also appeared in the film as the scene of the DeLorean’s destruction. Fans of the franchise continue to visit the modern-day film locations to pay homage to these movie history landmarks.
All About LOS ANGELES blogger and Anaheim resident Shaun Philipps has visited the locations multiple times, calling it sacred ground. “Back to the Future is my favorite movie, and when I visit the Oxnard location, I really believe that Marty and Doc were right there with the DeLorean time machine,” says Philipps. “It’s legendary, and that movie is a huge part of culture worldwide. A major piece of Back to the Future Part III was shot in Oxnard/Port Hueneme.”
Joining in the celebration, Netflix released the full trilogy for streaming this May 2020, which is sure to entertain fans sheltering in place as COVID-19 safer at home orders remain in effect for much of the country.
Oxnard’s film history dates back to at least 1921, when its expansive coastal sand dunes served as a faux Arabian Desert in Rudolph Valentino’s The Sheik, with many golden age films soon to follow, earning the town its moniker Hollywood by the Sea. Since then, Oxnard has served as a backdrop in movies including Spartacus, Clueless, Sideways and Captain Marvel and TV shows including Dan August, Melrose Place and Big Little Lies to name a few. For more information on Oxnard film locations, go to https://visitoxnard.com/blog/oxnard-film-locations/.
About Visit Oxnard — Visit Oxnard is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures through transient occupancy tax, and tourism revenue opportunities through the promotion of Oxnard as a premier travel destination. Oxnard is an easy drive up the coast from Los Angeles or from the northern portions of California. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy Oxnard’s uncrowded beaches, explore the many diverse attractions and outdoor adventures that are unique to the area. A wide variety of hotel accommodations are available ranging from mid-priced rooms to oceanfront and seaside settings. For more information, call 805-385-7545 or go to VisitOxnard.com.