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DEAD MALL SERIES

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Dead malls are a particular fascination of mine. There are two in my area, and I'll post a Flickr album here later with pics of the one that's almost totally abandoned. The other is a medical mall now.

 

EDIT: Here is the album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjHWVh2c

 

This was a store in the mall:https://flic.kr/p/kngYe9

 

This is inside the main entrance today: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48983565@N04/12711242453/in/photostream/

 

 

http://www.deadmalls.com/malls/twin_city_mall.html

Edited by LeeJ07

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As a continuation of my above post, the two dead malls in my area were called the Twin City Mall and Glenwood Mall. 

 

Glenwood is a medical mall today, and there seems to be no pictures of its interior from when it was still a shopping mall. 

 

Twin City Mall was built in the mid '60s, and was the busiest mall in my hometown for over a decade.It had a Montgomery Wards, an Orange Julius, a Morgan & Lindsey, a movie theater, and a Howard Bros., which was a chain of stores that used to have locations across north Louisiana.

In 1985, a third mall was built, the Pecanland Mall, which is still going strong 3 decades later. Neither Twin City nor Glenwood could compete, and they both went out of business shortly thereafter. I believe Twin City officially closed in 1989.

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Some totally wrecked malls here -- including the one the Blues Brothers drove through:

 

http://www.abandonedspaces.com/uncategorized/remember-the-mall-in-the-blues-brothers-americas-dead-shopping-malls-abandoned-crumbling.html

 

It's the internet and the wealth gap that killed 'em.  R.I.P. 

 

Blues Brothers mall = Dixie Square in Harvey, IL. I think that mall was doomed from the day it opened in 1968. I don't think it ever actually did well. It sat abandoned for a year before Blues Brothers was filmed, actually. Funny thing is Landis was specifically looking for an abandoned mall for the infamous chase scene.All the stores inside were just false fronts that the real businesses decorated.

 

But Harvey is an incredibly crappy town. It's....not safe. In fact, while the abandoned mall was still standing, murders and rapes happened inside there.

 

There have been several brave souls who actually went inside the mall for urban exploration. A lot of stuff left over from the movie was still there -- a couple of signs used as decorations, for example, and even tire tracks. (It may have been from something other than the filming of the movie, but it's still cool to think that the movie's tire tracks were still there!)

 

I drove by the mall a few times (I had to -- Blues Brothers is my favorite movie ever) and even in broad daylight it was kind of scary to be in that area. The only thing that makes you feel like you might not be killed is that in what used to be the mall's parking lot is a police station. Only problem is if you were into urban exploration and you drove into the lot, chances are a cop would tell you to get out. (I never went into the lot; I always drove past it on the sidestreets that bordered it.)

 

The mall was demolished about eight years ago. They were supposed to make bricks from the mall available for sale but they never did; wonder if they were too affected by asbestos or something.

 

If you're ever in the Chicago area and want to see the big empty space that used to be Dixie Square Mall, take Interstate 57 and get off at the exit immediately after the Harvey city limit sign.Head east after you exit and head south on Dixie Highway. The massive slab-o-concrete that was once a mall is about half a mile south on the left. Good luck.

 

Anyhoo, here's  a picture I took of what was still standing of the mall circa 2007 (some of it had literally collapsed)....I think this part used to be a J.C. Penney (both in the movie and in real life):

 

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Personally, I'm not sad to see malls die out. They're what caused downtowns to become abandoned. And malls haven't been worth a damn since the mid-80's; starting around 1986 is when malls started offering little variety...pretty much women's clothing stores and not much more.

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Blues Brothers mall = Dixie Square in Harvey, IL. I think that mall was doomed from the day it opened in 1968. I don't think it ever actually did well. It sat abandoned for a year before Blues Brothers was filmed, actually. Funny thing is Landis was specifically looking for an abandoned mall for the infamous chase scene.All the stores inside were just false fronts that the real businesses decorated.

 

But Harvey is an incredibly crappy town. It's....not safe. In fact, while the abandoned mall was still standing, murders and rapes happened inside there.

 

There have been several brave souls who actually went inside the mall for urban exploration. A lot of stuff left over from the movie was still there -- a couple of signs used as decorations, for example, and even tire tracks. (It may have been from something other than the filming of the movie, but it's still cool to think that the movie's tire tracks were still there!)

 

I drove by the mall a few times (I had to -- Blues Brothers is my favorite movie ever) and even in broad daylight it was kind of scary to be in that area. The only thing that makes you feel like you might not be killed is that in what used to be the mall's parking lot is a police station. Only problem is if you were into urban exploration and you drove into the lot, chances are a cop would tell you to get out. (I never went into the lot; I always drove past it on the sidestreets that bordered it.)

 

The mall was demolished about eight years ago. They were supposed to make bricks from the mall available for sale but they never did; wonder if they were too affected by asbestos or something.

 

If you're ever in the Chicago area and want to see the big empty space that used to be Dixie Square Mall, take Interstate 57 and get off at the exit immediately after the Harvey city limit sign.Head east after you exit and head south on Dixie Highway. The massive slab-o-concrete that was once a mall is about half a mile south on the left. Good luck.

 

Anyhoo, here's  a picture I took of what was still standing of the mall circa 2007 (some of it had literally collapsed)....I think this part used to be a J.C. Penney (both in the movie and in real life):

 

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Dixie Square is perhaps the most famous of abandoned malls. That place was a WRECK before it was finally demolished. JC Penney was, indeed, literally collapsing.

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Here is footage of the abandoned Lincoln Mall, Matteson IL. the go-to place in my youth right before it got demolished earlier this year.  The Carson Pirie Scott store is still standing and open to my knowledge.  I haven't been to the area for 8 years or so...

 

Wow. That was both fascinating and sad to watch. We used to go shopping there once a month until we moved to Joliet in 1986. Aladdin's Castle there was my favorite place in the world when I was a tyke.

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Wow. That was both fascinating and sad to watch. We used to go shopping there once a month until we moved to Joliet in 1986. Aladdin's Castle there was my favorite place in the world when I was a tyke.

Mine too for awhile. Before Aladdin's Castle it used to be LeMan's Speedway and they had a bumper car track in there. They cleared it out when it became Aladdin's Castle to make room for more video games. I also like to eat at Athen's Gyros right next door before spending my allowance on those arcade games...

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