Entertainment The abandonment of the once "worlds largest shopping center"

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  1. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun.

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    Randall Park Mall was once the "worlds largest shopping center" at the time of its opening in 1976.

    At the time of its opening, North Randall's population was 1,500 and the mall's employee population was 5,000.The original department store anchors were Sears, JCPenney, May Company, Higbee's, and Horne's.

    When opened in 1976, Randall Park had a three-screen cinema run by General Cinema Corporation. The theater's "lobby" was one storefront wide, with steep steps leading to the concession stand. The screens themselves were in three auditoriums side by side that opened off the concession stand level. More steps led up a second story to restrooms, projection booth and GCC office space. From the exterior, it looks as though a separate building had been grafted onto the mall.

    The mall went under in 2009, a repercussion of the area being hit hard by a recession.

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  2. God

    God Well-Known Member

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    Abandoned malls make me happy.

    I haven't been in a mall in over 5 years. I consider it one of my greatest accomplishments.
     
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    Depressing. A once huge mall here in pgh century 3 mall is in shit now. Under 50% occupancy, and most of them are dollar and other cheap stores

    . Saved pgh to my phone at least 7 times and it still doesn't remember
     
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    Now inhabited by..

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    LaserT You have to have fun.

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    That third picture of @SomerSky in her jogging shorts is great!
     
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    Ohio :yes:
     
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    I'm from the area that mall shut down because the reggies scared decent people away. That is the demise of a lot of malls around here. When Dick Jacobs built South Park mall in Strongsville in 1996 he made sure no public buses from Cleveland could get to it. No buses, it's still open. Rolling Acres was another mall around here shut down by regggie it was referred to as "Rolling Afros"
     
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    3 Screens? That's it?
     
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    Isn't this part of the general trend of people leaving the frost belt to go to the sun belt? Or maybe better to blame it on "reggies". :confused:
     
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    I love the mall used in Dawn of the Dead (the real 1978 version, no the POS remake).
     
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    Yeah, I'm sure that your explanation is better than the guy who lived in the area and saw the place go to shit.
    :jrolleyes:
     
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    Hmm - I just remember that my Father would never let me go to that mall (Randall Park). He found out one of our relatives went there to do some shopping & he was livid. :dontknow:

    The malls we got to go to were either Great Northern or Westgate.
     
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    I got a perm at the May Company there while I was in college. Terrible perm, a black girl did it. She took a fine-tooth comb to my hair after the solution was rinsed out. WTF.
     
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    I remember going to Randall Park Mall as a kid/teen! It was huge.

    Now...I live about 5 minutes from South Park mall...I was there today, in fact.

    :hw:
     
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    I saw that too. I could understand if it was 1955. I didn't get that part of the article.
     
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    yup,i saw the handwriting on the wall way back in 92' when I left Jersey for Arizona.
     
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