Town East Mall 1978
Cotton Candy (1978)
The 1978 TV teen movie, Cotton Candy, directed by Ron Howard (starring his brother Clint, and Charles Martin Smith), contained extended scenes that were filmed inside the Town East Mall in Mesquite, Texas, which is still there today. And luckily for us vintage mall lovers, that footage has turned up online (courtesy of YouTuber rauch77). I'll try and cover this mall in more depth soon.
Anyway, the movie itself centers around a group of high school friends who form a rock band (they stink) and enter a Battle of the Bands contest (at Town East Mall!) against the local bad boy rock band (who also stink but have better hair and outfits).
But hey, none of that really matters for our purposes here... just enjoy this very groovy (and rare) video look inside the Town East Mall in the late-seventies! If you can stand the ultra-funky hair, clothes, and "music", that is. ;)
Mall history: 1971 - present
Current website: here
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