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#1 The Professor

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 02:31 PM

This thread will feature videos of Dead Mall Expeditions exploring America's dead malls and urban decay.

 

Our memories of classic video games, vintage toys and arcades are often intertwined with adventures to the mall in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. How many times did we hop in the car so excited to get to Sears, Kay-Bee Toys, Service Merchandise or Toys 'R' Us to get our hands on a new video game system that we've been dreaming of? To get a new tape at the record store? Or meet up with friends at the movies or food court?

 

Those malls were once sparkling emerald cities where almost every toy we dreamed of sat waiting for us. Today many of those malls are abandoned. Stores like Radio Shack are for the most part gone forever. Once great empires are left decaying and collapsing to dust.

 

Here you will find informative tours of some of the most depressed shopping malls in the mid-atlantic region and beyond. All videos photographed and edited by Dan Bell unless noted otherwise.

 

 

 

The Dead Mall Series by Dan Bell

 

 

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 02:32 PM

 

DEAD MALL SERIES: Tour of SUNRISE MALL from "The Legend of Billie Jean" (1985) - Dan Bell


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Posted 05 October 2016 - 02:33 PM

 

DEAD MALL SERIES: Rolling Acres Mall: BUSTED BY AKRON POLICE!! - Dan Bell


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Posted 05 October 2016 - 02:34 PM

 

DEAD MALL SERIES: Back To The 80s: THE GALLERY in Philadelphia (Hologram Plaza - Disconscious) - Dan Bell


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Posted 05 October 2016 - 02:36 PM

 

DEAD MALL SERIES: Vintage 70s SIGNAL HILL MALL Statesville, NC - Dan Bell


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Posted 05 October 2016 - 02:38 PM

 

DEAD MALL SERIES: MARLEY STATION MALL Glen Burnie, MD - Dan Bell


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Posted 05 October 2016 - 02:38 PM

 

DEAD MALL SERIES: Extremely Creepy Abandoned Mall w/ Power - Dan Bell


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Posted 05 October 2016 - 02:41 PM

 

DEAD MALL SERIES: Scary Korean Bazaar SEOUL PLAZA Baltimore, MD - Dan Bell


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Posted 05 October 2016 - 03:44 PM

The wife and I just a few weeks ago watched episode one of a series called "Abandoned" on the Viceland network (creative director is Spike Jonze), and it features a few different abandoned malls in NE Ohio. It goes off on a few tangents but was nevertheless worth the watch, we thought.

You may be able to see the first episode on YouTube, depending on your country of residence:


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Posted 05 October 2016 - 07:20 PM

Walmart and amazon killed our beloved malls! The only good thing that comes out of dead malls is that they usually turn into year round flea markets (i.e. places to get atari games.)


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Posted 05 October 2016 - 07:41 PM

It's very sad.

 

We're very lucky here in Portland to have 2 very vibrant old malls left.  Both are very large and still full of people and shops.  But the rest would fit perfectly in this dead mall video series.  One of the oldest and most famous malls here in Portland (Lloyd Center) is just a shell of what it used to be.  It's going through an extensive renovation now, and that has driven all the remaining shops away!  It's just a shame. 


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Posted 05 October 2016 - 08:12 PM

Here in Atlanta we also have 2 old malls (i think one opened late 50s and the other early 70s). Both are still opened and running strong filled with peoe almost everyday.

Other malls though haven't been able to compete and have turned into antique malls and thrift store/mall.

There is one mall that would be perfect for this show. Its right down the street from me and all that is really worth going in there for is the comic book/card shop. I think the rest of the mall shops are either closed or are shoe stores
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#13 Atari Adventure Square

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Posted 06 October 2016 - 01:07 AM

I grew up in malls, as they began to sprout in the big city where I rezzed up as a cube.

They were a cross between an extended living room (cuz it became familiar as me and my mom went there on a daily basis on weekdays) and a carnival, with all the lights, the statues spewing water, the coin fountains, the small trees and park spaces therein.

My stroller memories are basically a mismash of rolling across the garish windowed displays and smiling folks (most adults smile when you're a kid), headed for the Toy Store, the one and only goal of all these trips.

Since you don't buy your kid a toy every day, I ended up getting ten-cent Letraset rub-on transfers as a reward for my patience during clothing runs, hair styling salon sittings and general non-toystore activities.

And I loved getting 'em soooooo much!

 

Check it out

http://www.action-tr....com/index.html

 

Malls were a home-away-from-home, but in the late 60s, early 70s, the economy seemed to match the budget on a run to the mall anyday.

Nowadays, plans need to be made to afford purchases of the random nature which were then the malls' bread and butter (imho).

 

You could head out, meet teen friends and go for a soda, pick clothes or records (those big platter-like discs with groovy grooves in 'em, they swirl and you can scratch 'em if not careful and...well, they left the malls early on to go solo). Those were the 80s hey-days.

I dunno what happened in the 90s...

Robots?

(Chopping Mall - I'm looking at you!)

 

Love this thread, Prof.

Have to resist popping out the zombie memes cuz Dawn of the Dead is one of my favorite movies (possibly *the* main one) for reasons of a+ horror and the best tutorial/intro on malls ever.

 

I think we're lucky (?) around here that the big city I grew up in (and moved back into) has enough business deals that dead or dying malls get co-opted or torn down before they get all ghost town.

And my smaller teen-years-city has not enough space for that kind of landscape.

Two malls there, one still going (but stores closing regularly) and another outside/inside mall combo that is much smaller (and had a porn/grindhouse cinema stashed within at one time) that got rejiggered into chain names stores, but I think is just plain half-dead now (restaurant on one side, cardboarded windowed doors on the other).

 

Too sad for spookiness, old barhounds still keep it alive at the front booze spot, but you won't find much inside. Like justin's area, mostly thrift shops temporarily set up there.

Big dollar store booming out front.

Video store out front is...still going? Dunno, gotta find out...maybe.

 

 

Looking forward to more posts here.

 

It's great to read the impressions of others on this subject!


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#14 The Professor

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Posted 06 October 2016 - 02:14 AM

Looking forward to more posts here.
 
It's great to read the impressions of others on this subject!


You can look forward to lots more! This is a topic we've wanted to bring to the forums for a long time. I'll be posting new videos in here pretty regularly.
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Posted 06 October 2016 - 09:35 AM

Great thread, even if it is a little depressing but certainly shows how times change. I rarely ever go to the mall and even when I do, it's certainly only for a quick food stop or some Godiva chocolate with the woman. Pretty sure it hasn't been since around 2002 that I made a regular trip to the mall and that was only because friends went to the local video game stores and I was collecting Dreamcast games at the time.


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Posted 06 October 2016 - 04:36 PM

I LOOOOOOOVE dead malls. We found one last year by mistake outside of Baltimore, I don't think it's the one posted here though, I'll ask my wife about it. She and I did take some pictures of our local dead mall, which is now an office park of sorts.

 

http://www.deadmalls...e_hen_mall.html


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Posted 06 October 2016 - 11:27 PM

http://www.deadmalls.com/stories.html
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Posted 07 October 2016 - 12:22 AM

Woot! ferg, that dead mall is zombtastic

 

The tiling close-up seems oddly appropriate. Hadn't thought of that as pic coverage, but yeah - one spent hours upon hours glancing blankly across the tile stylings of live malls as our eyes seeked the next Best Thing. Or new store. Or arcade.

Although you could hear that one from the corner.

 

And dem bricked out bullet holes...

Speaking of zombie runs.

 

And that is one angry rooster.

 

and also - how is that vegetation still thriving?

Is that a sign that the nature-engulfed remnants of society in Logan's Run is an actual thing that will happen once we live in domes and have lifespan timers implanted at birth and go flying off in trippy floating until blasted out of existence...or meet up with cute runners for an escape?


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#19 fergojisan

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Posted 07 October 2016 - 04:33 PM

When we took those pictures, there was still one store open. The mall offices were on the 2nd floor, which I think went around only half the mall, and they had been converted to businesses. We haven't been back since then I don't think, but all the stores are closed and it's all business offices and a small office for the mall itself, so I guess plants and stuff like that are kept up by the mall office. I'm not sure though, we need to go back and see. I know they have a lot of mallwalkers in there because they don't open for shoppers.


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Posted 07 October 2016 - 06:31 PM

I love this guy. I've been watching Dan Bell for about a year now.


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