Chris-Town Mall - Court of Birds
Phoenix, Arizona - circa 1964
An eye-popping shot of the colorful "Court of Birds" aviary section in the old Chris Town Shopping Center! This is near Woolworth's and Montgomery Wards, as you you can see in the picture--not a bad spot to be in.
This is yet another vintage '60s mall view that totally looks like something right out of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (I've used that apt description on this blog before)! The filmmakers could have used this mall for their sets, in fact, and I'm not sure we'd know the difference today.
I can just picture all the freaky little Oompa-Loompas running around inside Chris-Town Mall here, knocking bird cages over, getting the birds all riled up (not to mention the kids), and being a general overall nuisance to shoppers trying to mind their own business and not make bodily contact in any way with an Oompa-Loompa (which would be most of us, I'd presume)!
Redeveloped and renamed around 2002 (now called Phoenix Spectrum Mall--see resource links below for much more info), alas, the Chris-Town of old, is no more. But long live the photographs and memories!
Mall history: 1961 - 2002 (dead/redeveloped)
Current website: n/a
Info from Wikipedia
Current aerial view
Resource links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4