Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Monroeville Mall

Monroeville, Pennsylvania - late '77 early '78

The Monroeville Mall TV spot I just posted inspired me to throw up a nice shot of the center court fountain in the mall. This is actually a video grab from DAWN OF THE DEAD (1979). The interior mall scenes for the film were shot from November 1977, through February 1978, so that's our timeframe for this photo here. No zombies in this shot, just a beautiful fountain.

Much, MUCH more to come on this, my favorite mall, soon!

Mall history: 1969 - present
Current website: here
Current aerial view


Blogger Steven Swain said...

Oh, that's a nice shot. You never see colored lights in fountains anymore.

Tue Jun 06, 10:16:00 PM  
Blogger pJ said...

Check out


There is a "games" tab. Scroll down and you can find the Dawn Of The Dead Boardgame which was made around the time the film came out. The map is based on the mall in the film. You can download the game and the pieces!

And if you're a DOTD fan, it's just a great site.


Wed Jun 07, 03:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Jfer said...

I gotta admit my first thought was, "WOW!" (said with awe-like reverence, of course) That's a pretty retro-licious fountain there and the palms dangling over it just give it a dreamy look.

Wed Jun 07, 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous didi said...

You never see colored lights in fountains anymore? How about you hardly ever see fountains anymore?!?!

Wed Jun 07, 07:37:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

This is amazing, I just saw the original version of "Dawn of the Dead" (from 1978) last week. Had seen the remake a year ago, but didn't think it was anything special. But this version was way better! Awesome shopping center, better story, swank library music!
I was seriously considering gathering some information about the mall and posting some photos on my blog sometime soon, but you beat me to it, Keith! Looking forward seeing more posts about it here soon!

For more information about the mall check out www.mallofthedead.net

Thu Jun 08, 04:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seeing that fountain reminded me of a mall in Edmonton that I grew up going to. They had several fountains and they'd go really high at times and they were many different colored lights. It was cool.

Thu Jun 08, 09:33:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

What a beautiful fountain! Too bad the zombies will be along in a few minutes to wreck everything.

Fri Jun 09, 06:07:00 PM  
Blogger Ninja Murasaki said...

I'm going to be going right thru Monroeville on vacation. I'll probably stop at the mall this summer. If I go there, I should watch the movie when I get back.

Fri Jun 09, 11:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i realy adore that cute little fountain i am just in love with those adorible lights well ta ta

Sat Jun 10, 02:23:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

PJ: That is a great site (though I've never cared for the overall design and navigation scheme)! Been going to it since it first launched several years ago. Tons of info there. As the Monroeville posts here at MOA are more about the mall itself, necessarily, I can't list [in the entries] all the cool DAWN/Romero sites I frequent regularly, but there certainly are many great ones out there I love!

Chris: I've just been re-watching the materials from my "Ultimate Edition" DVD set last week so it's been on my brain even more than usual of late (the remake absolutely stunk to me. Lame and pointless).

Yes, there's definitely more Monroeville Mall stuff coming soon. I've mentioned elsewhere over the past year here that I've been just holding off opening the floodgates on this mall, cuz if I let it, it could easily overtake this blog! I love DAWN and this mall that much. So I've sort of avoided doing much with it yet. But I have lots of cool material just waiting... and I'm readying to start doling out some of it now finally. Stay tuned! (btw, in the post I actually linked to the mall site you mentioned. Great site!)

Cora: In my opinion, zombies only make a mall better! :)

Ninja Murasaki: Definitely! Heck, watch it just before you go, too! that might even be better.

Mon Jun 12, 12:44:00 AM  
Blogger Ninja Murasaki said...

I just went there last week on my vacation to Philadelphia. The mall was only 5 minutes from the Interstate 76 my family was taking and we needed a brake where we could get out and walk around. It is a great mall. Nice atmosphere,nice pond with fish, and a good selection of stores. They had a nice play area for kids that my sister really enjoyed. The display of Mr. Rodgers actual puppets and clothes was neat.

Most importantly, I loved the fact that Dawn of the Dead was filmed here. That display of pictures you see by one of the entrances by Macys about how Dawn of the Dead was filmed and about the mall being built was cool. I haven't watched the movie yet, but I just rented it from the library yesterday and am going to watch it very soon.

Tue Jul 04, 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger gugon said...

I've been looking for this mall through your history. I knew it had to be here somewhere since you are DOTD fan.

When my family took a trip to Washington DC two years ago, I INSISTED that we take a detour to Monroeville on our way back to Michigan. For me, it was the best part of the whole trip.

What a thrill to actually walk through this mall and identify various important spots. Even though it is much changed, it is also very much the same.

Fri Jul 07, 03:22:00 PM  
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