Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Dixie Square Documentary Promo #2

Harvey, Illinois

Another nice promo video for the upcoming Dixie Square Mall documentary due out this November from Paw Filmworks. Here's their description of this clip and the project:
"Stills dating back to 1966 set to The Beatles 'In My Life' comprise this promotional video for the documentary film 'Dixie Square', currently in production.

Originally created as a special thank you for contributors to the film, we have decided to upload it here for anyone interested to take a look.

The documentary film 'Dixie Square' is currently in the editing phase and is on schedule for completion in November 2006.

A labor of love for all involved, the film documents the history of the mall, the history of the town it resides in and finally provides some answers as to how a structure some 800,000 square feet in size could have been abandoned for twice as many years as it was open for business.

Known as 'the Deadest Mall In America', Dixie Square has acquired a rabid following in the United States as well as many other countries throughout the world. Featured in the 1980 cult classic 'The Blues Brothers', the shopping center has become a point of interest not just among the fans of the film but with architecture buffs, urban explorers and website creators across the globe."
Mall history: 1966 - 1978
Architect: Hornbach & Steenwyk (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Previous entries: 1

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Blogger Cora said...

It certainly looks like a nice mall. Makes you wonder what happened to it.

Tue Jun 27, 06:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, nice video. Makes me want to cry it's so nostalgic. (Sniffle)...

Tue Jun 27, 09:55:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Sobieniak said...

Seems like a lot has happened....

Wed Jun 28, 07:51:00 AM  
Blogger Cora said...

So why was it actually closed? Because of all the murders and rapes that happened there? Which are a bit worrying, considering I can only recall a single murder ever happening at the local mall - husband stabs estranged wife at the supermarket check-out.

Or was it because the town in question seems to be a hotbed of corruption and mismanagement?

Wed Jun 28, 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Sobieniak said...

Or was it because the town in question seems to be a hotbed of corruption and mismanagement?

It is quite an intriguing thought over the mess that town got itself into in the end. What began as a shopping mall that fell from grace in the 70's suddently turned into a 28-year garbage dump that's getting the town in deep s__t with the FBI and other authorities these days, and knowone has a simple solution.

Sometimes I wonder if such a scenario happens in other cities in the US concerning dead malls that continue to be standing for so long and the financial turmoil they develop?

Thu Jun 29, 04:54:00 AM  
Anonymous moose said...

I keep coming back to this vid, the music, the footage (love the old golden age town footage)This video along with song is really alluring but also in a sad creepy way. Makes me wanna go back to the time my dad was a kid (READ:40s/50s) and see the parades, the people the mall everything. Oh well i'll be bored with the now.

Sat Jul 08, 11:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To reply to Cora, I have family who lives in that area. Harvey is in a high-crime area--and has been as long as I can remember (late 70s/early 80s).

I really hope the redevelopment takes....it's just what Harvey needs.

Thu Dec 28, 12:19:00 AM  
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