Old Towne Mall
Esteemed Malls of America reader (as you all are), "Don-O", sent me these nifty photos of Old Towne Mall, in Torrance, CA, along with some youthful memories of the place, which is now redeveloped and called Torrance Promenade. The frist image (above) is a postcard depicting the mall's locally famous Singing Security Guard. The second one below, is a shot of the kiddie play area featuring the "Old Towne Puppet Theater". Thanks for the great submission, and take it away Don!
"My personal story attached to this place is a bit spotty as during the times I lived in the South Bay, I visited the Del Amo Fashion Mall, the old South Bay Center and the beach more than this place.
As you see and might have heard, this place was closely modeled after Main Street in Disneyland and had strolling entertainment and was thoroughly decorated. It wasn't until around 2000 when I discovered that they had a indoor roller coaster, thanks to a then-new roommate who worked as the 'coaster operator. The central attraction was the two-story carousel, which I managed to ride many times.
The Jerk, Life of Brian, and, for some dumb-ass reason, Mad Magazine Presents Up The Academy. Even dumber was that I saw Brian & Academy on the same day...both screenings overlapped each other by ten minutes...ten minutes of running back and forth like a desperate idiot. Ah, sweet hell of nostalgia.
The major stores, that I remember, were Federated & K-Mart. In the late '80s began the slow death of this wonderful mall. The detailed street design was slowly being stripped away, the carousel was moved twice until it was finally sold off and so on. Finally, the mall was turned into an outdoor strip mall and the Mann Theatre was turned into a Linen 'n Things store.
Too bad I couldn't spend more time and take more pictures, but it was located between Del Amo and SBC, which, no doubt, lead to it's downfall: location! location! location!
Mall history: 1970s - early '90s (redeveloped)
Current website: n/a
Current aerial view (Torrance Promenade)
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