Dixie Square Mall "Blues Brothers"
Original movie scene - circa 1979
Fan reenactment - circa 2005
In 1979, filmmakers descended upon the abandoned Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, Illinois, to shoot a pivotal car chase there for the Dan Aykroyd/John Belushi 1980 cult favorite, The Blues Brothers. With the help of some of the actual store owners, the mall was temporarily re-dressed to look like it was still in use for the film. The finished car chase scene through the mall, is still a fan favorite today.
Which brings me to the two videos I'm posting here. The first, is the actual finished scene in Dixie Square Mall, as seen in The Blues Brothers, and the second is a really fun 2005 fan-shot reenactment of said scene--recreated not only with an exact replica of the "Bluesmobile" car driven by Jake and Elwood (Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi) in the movie (a 1974 Dodge Monaco), but best of all, shot again inside the abandoned, and now completely dilapidated, Dixie Square Mall, in 2005! I think it's a really cool idea myself. I believe Travis Bell, from BluesBrothersCentral.com, is the guy behind this video.
Mall history: 1966 - 1978
Architect: Hornbach & Steenwyk (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Fan website: here
Current aerial view
Previous entries: 1, 2
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