Vintage photos of lost Shopping Malls of the '50s, '60s & '70s
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posted by Keith @ 7/07/2005
Wow Keith! I just found your blog and I'm doing what I love to do best, tripping away, lost in another time. What a great concept for a blog! I live in southeastern, Pa., not far from the Oxford Valley Mall, Plymouth Meeting, Neshaminy and Montgomery Malls. I spent many hours of my youth in all of them. Love seeing the individual stores in your photos like Woolworth's, Kresge's and Bambergers. What flashbacks! I hope you'll keep this up!
Thanks, Pat! Welcome in and I'm glad you're digging my trip! :) Don't worry, lots more to come.Hey, also feel free to share any old mall memories or details you remember in any of the mall entries here. In my book, this site will really be enhanced by all of YOU adding to the visuals and meager words I add. I welcome any fragments no matter how foggy or insignificant seeming. I'd like to sort of recreate what these old malls were really like in the good old days, both through the pictures and memories that get posted. So I'll need everyone's help in doing this! :)
Oh, wow! We used to drive up from Delaware to go here- I think I bought my prom shoes here at Boscov's in 1994 :-)
Granite Run Mall used to host some killer skateboard demos in the '80s. There was a skate store there named the New Wave formerly known as...uggh..I can't remember.
I loved this mall in the late 70's and early 80's. I had my 4th birthday party at a restaurant in Granite Run called "Farrell's". My mom was a personal trainer at Holiday Spa which was located at the far corner of the mall. It was a two story gym with an indoor pool on the lower level. To this day, I can swear I still smell the chlorine from a pool that has been long gone.
I used to work at Sears and had many friends I hung out with at the Mall in 1977 thru 1979. They used to have a bakery called Hansel and Gretel that had the best Cherry Danish. I have many good memories of this place. Although now I live in Connecticut, I have not visited the place in years.
Here is a question...anyone remember the name of the nightclub that was in there in the early 80's? It had a 50's theme to it with cars...
The name of the dance club was the Be-Bop Cafe. I used to work security at the mall from 1986 to 1988. Then when the mall closed for the night we would head right into the club. I was a cool little place. Plus the manager used to comp us drinks because he knew if a fight broke out we would jump in and help the bouncers. I think I had about 30 free drink vouchers at one time. Plus we never had to pay the cover charge. Thanks for jogging the old memory. If any of the old security crew ever see's this I would like to say hi to Danny,Chad,Rick,Jim and Will. Hey Chad (WE DIVE AT 5 MD UNION LOCAL 69)
I remember The Be-Bop Cafe. Dj Joe Zacco use to spin there. My first taste of a dance club, and I was hooked. The lights, '57 Chevy inside, and the booming music was amazing. Really nice set-up inside the Granite Run Mall.Cange30
does anyone remmeber a video store that was located near sears. in the 80's i think it was between 1984-88 called Stage Door Video???
I found 5 Aladdin's Castle Arcade tokens recently, talk about a trip down memory lane! That place was my second home at this mall. Now, it's a Borders bookstore. The mall is slowly losing its vibe over the years.
You always get the best picture that one can relate to the place, excellent post.
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I was at Granite Run Mall this past February (3 1/2 months ago). I rode a coin operated horse there. It was AWESOME!!! :)-ilovehorseyrides
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