Friday, January 12, 2007

International Malls: Unknown Toronto Mall

Unknown shopping mall, Toronto - 1974

Came across these cool vintage mall clips recently and thought I'd share 'em here. Apparently, this is from a short-lived Canadian TV crime series called, The Collaborators. From the uploader's description:
"In this episode of The Collaborators, a robbery has taken place at a bank (CIBC) and a hostage situation has taken place. The robbers take the hostages thru the mall. They walk by St. Clair Paint, Eaton's, Golden Dolphin and Radio Shack."
The YouTube member here is unsure of which shopping mall these scenes were actually filmed in, however, but guesses it might be the Scarborough Town Centre, which opened in 1973 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

For my part, I have no idea. But I like grooving on old mall footage wherever it's filmed at, so it's still cool to me either way. And yes, William Shatner is the robber.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great footage--whatever mall it is!!

Fri Jan 12, 03:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

It does look like the Town Centre. I didn't realize it was that old. There's still a lot of the 1970's in that mall.

Fri Jan 12, 09:10:00 PM  
Anonymous didi said...

William Shatner in a Canadian series as a bad guy. Was he not getting work in the 70s?

Groovy mall though whatever it is!

Sat Jan 13, 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Ummm the Scarborough Town Centre is in Scarborough. William Shatner is a Canadian btw.

Sat Jan 13, 07:35:00 PM  
Blogger higgy04 said...

It's typical of how cheap we Canadians are when it comes to producing TV shows.

I remember the days when CIBC went by the full name 'Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce'. St. Clair Paint and Paper merged with Color Your World in the 1990's and have since gone bankrupt. I'm not sure if Golden Dolphin, which is, or was, a chain of linen stores, still exists? I remember my parents and I frequenting Golden Dolphin in Bayshore in Ottawa back in the days before Linens 'N' Things and Home Outfitters dotted the big box landscape.

I'm not sure which Toronto mall was used in the clip but I know for sure is isn't Sherway Gardens because all their stores had the same signage. Fairview Mall never had an Eaton's. I have never been to Yorkdale and Scarborough Town Centre has two floors. Is this mall a single level or multi-level mall? What other malls in Toronto had Eaton's in it? The only other malls I know were Don Mills Centre and Yonge Eglinton Centre.

William Shatner as the bad guy? I thought that only happened in 'Loaded Weapon 1'. Have any of you noticed he is wearing a hat throughout these clips. His hair must have been in really bad shape back then.

Sat Jan 13, 11:59:00 PM  
Blogger higgy04 said...

After viewing the clip a few more times, I agree it might be the Scarborough Town Centre as well. I only went to that mall a couple of times in the late 1980's and early 1990's and I remember it had what was then the big three in Canadian department stores all in one mall with Eaton's, Simpson's, and The Bay.

The TV show was a short lived show that appeared on CBC from 1973 to 1974, according to a book titled 'TV North' that listed Canadian TV shows.

Tue Jan 16, 10:06:00 PM  
Anonymous tenner. said...

i also suspected sherway gardens but a previous poster said all stores had the same signage in that mall back in the day.

to my eye, this looks like scarborough town centre. something about the ceiling and centre areas of the mall recall that mall.

Sat Jan 27, 03:21:00 AM  
Blogger Cora said...

I have no idea what it's called, but I'm pretty sure I visited this mall when I was in Toronto in the mid 1990s. The bank was still there, though the signage was different.

Wed Jan 31, 06:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 100% sure that's the Scarborough Town Centre. I used to hang out in that mall in the late 70's and early 80's. I also worked there for a number of years.

The railings of the upper level are the same as are the ceilings, those old benches and I can see the old Eaton's third floor restaurant in the clip.

Wed Aug 29, 03:13:00 PM  

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