Thursday, April 05, 2007

Dinosaurs at Roebuck Shopping City!

Birmingham, Alabama - March, 1967

In March of 1967, a traveling dinosaur display sponsored by the Sinclair Oil Corporation (the dinos were originally from the 1964 Worlds Fair), made a stop at Roebuck Shopping City, one of Birmingham's earliest shopping centers. And we have the pictures to prove it! (courtesy of Birmingham Rewound)

I'm not real up on Roebuck Shopping City, so I have no idea whether or not it's still there and all that other good stuff (or where those dinosaurs may have stomped off to). A quick cursory web search turned up little. Please comment if you know anything about this shopping center today, or what it's fate ultimately was. I'm just curious.

Also see this: Jurassic Shopping Center!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are probably the same Sinclair dinosaurs that were at the Worlds Fair. Maybe a promtional stop on the way?

Thu Apr 05, 12:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duh, I didn't even notice the date! Hey, it was early when I posted :-)

Thu Apr 05, 02:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW, that 'Rewound' site is great! I'm from the Birmingham area so that's a real find for me now. Great link!! Got a few friends and family who are going to like that too.

Thu Apr 05, 05:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There happens to be photos of this exact event at the former Greengate Mall in Greensburg, PA in 1968. I believe they're in the second and third pages in the gallery.

Thu Apr 05, 08:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roebuck Mall was/is a tiny strip mall from the early 50's. I used to be a regional VM for McRaes department store who had a horrible branch there. If the dinosauers did stomp it into the wouldn't have been a loss...

Thu Apr 05, 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith, you must really like dinosaurs. I recall another post you did with an event similar to this.

Sat Apr 07, 03:19:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Myrtle: Don't worry about it. I've been there, too. Hehe.

Anonymous #2: I know... Psst! Some of those are already in the upcoming post queue here. So don't look at 'em yet or you'll ruin the surprise! ;)

Anonymous #3: Come on, be nice. lol

Didi said:

"Keth, you must really like dinosaurs. I recall another post you did with an event similar to this."

More to the point, I really like old shopping centers. :) The dinos, while never not cool, are actually just a bonus here.

And yes, I did another dinos-at-the-shopping-center post before. In fact, I linked to it in this one.

Sat Apr 07, 08:24:00 PM  
Blogger sagefats said...

Roebuck Shopping City is barely surviving, but under the moniker "Roebuck Marketplace." I would concur that it wasn't anything special.

It's had various tenants over the years: Golbro, W.T. Grant, Olan Mills Studio, and the like. The Ad on Birmingham Rewound also lists places like S.S. Kresge (Kmart), Jack's Hamburgers, and the Pizitz Tire Center, however they were separate structures, across and down the street a bit.

The twinplex, among with other retailers mentioned in the Ad were in an adjacent, but distinctly different shopping center (can't remember the name), located immediately west of the Shopping City. The twinplex became a post office and a church.

W.T. Grant closed and that portion of the building was torn out and replaced in 1978 by Cobb Theatre's "Cinema City 8," complete with a basement gameroom.

The 8-plex was torn out in the 90's and refitted as a Winn-Dixie, which closed circa '04-05.

The longest-running tenants were Golbro (which replaced the Woolworth), J.C. Penny, and Pizitz (which became McRae's). Penny's closed in the 90's and was replaced by a Goody's. Golbro went out of business, and the space has since been refitted for several smaller stores.

McRae's was the last stand, it closed in '06.

The McRae's and the Winn Dixie both continue to be vacant.

Current tenants include the State Store (liquor), Dollar Tree, Goody's, Hibbetts Sporting Goods, and Rite Aid Drugs.

As for the separate stores listed - Kmart was razed to make way for a Super Wal-Mart. Jack's stood vacant for years, until it was razed to make way for the Wal-Mart gas station. The Pizitz Tire Center is now a Goodyear.

Not sure that anyone needed all that info, but there it is, for what it's worth.

Mon Apr 09, 01:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith, thanks for the explanation.

And to Sagefats it is interesting to hear about the rich history of this center so it does matter.

Mon Apr 09, 10:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mom has pictures of me as a kid at the same exhibition at Colonial Plaza Mall in Orlando. There is a picture of me next to the brontosaurus and the sinclair sign. Wish I could find more memories of Colonial Plaza, it had a huge 4 level Jordan Marsh department store as an anchor, used to ride the escalators....

Tue Jun 19, 11:20:00 PM  
Anonymous generic viagra said...

these dinosaurs seem to be real. This reminds me of a time I went to an amusement park and there were some similar "dinosaurs"

Wed Jan 26, 12:10:00 PM  
Anonymous generic cialis said...

Excellent!! I think it's perfect in order to spending time in the city and doing something totally different.

Tue May 17, 01:43:00 PM  
Anonymous viagra online said...

Where did get all these vintage photos.I'm so curious about it!

Wed Feb 22, 01:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Debby said...

Roebuck Shopping City was special to me as a kid. It had two movie theaters in the 80's. The Pizitz had a bakery. I used to walk over there from my house. I was born in the late 70s and I'm glad it was there. I loved getting frozen yogurt at FoodMax.....

Fri Mar 02, 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roebuck Shopping City was special to me, growing up in the '80s and the '90s. I was mesmerized by Pizitz Department Store, with the bakery on the ground floor and International Barbies in the toy department. The bakery had really good bon bons.

It did become a MacRae's that wasn't special, but I could walk to it. There were two movie theatres at one time, one of them was the Cinema City 8. I saw "Raiders of the Lost Ark" over and again there.

Roebuck Shopping City was a big part of my childhood. We shopped at the grocery store (it was a Food Maxx at one point) there and saw movies there.

Sun Jan 26, 10:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up in Roebuck late 90’s early 2000’s and frequented the Roebuck shopping center. That place is a shit hole. The people there are terrible. If you ever want to see a picture of it just look up “ghetto” in the dictionary. Nice to know at one time it was nice, disappointing to see what no-class locals turned it into over time.

Fri Jul 08, 12:56:00 AM  

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