Unlike in the movies, time travel still eludes us... but there's an iPhone app that'll take you back in time and to the present in the blink of an eye, at least where movies and TV are concerned.
Launched back in December, ScenePast pops up as an interface that looks just like something out of Back to the Future, with filters for zip code, year, most recent, or nearest to you. A "Watch now" button lets you download the movie or TV show right from iTunes. Its library has some 650 locations including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Miami, and scenes dating back 70 years. Ain't technology grand?
Doc's garage in Back to the Future was built in this Burger King parking lot:
The Dixie Square Shopping Center from The Blues Brothers, then and now:
Remember the opening scene following the tumbleweed in The Big Lebowski?
Highland Blvd. in Hollywood as it looked in 1988's Beverly Hills Cop, and today
The Santa Monica Promenade was a pretty run-down area when Pretty in Pink was filmed there in 1985; today it's bustling with upscale shops and eateries
The Lutheran church at Eddy and Gough in San Francisco burned down in a fire in the '90s, but served as a backdrop for Vertigo in 1958
[images courtesy Wired, laist.com/ScenePast App]