Saturday, October 21, 2006

Twin Towers Shopping Mall

Los Angeles, California - circa 1980s?

These two postcards both simply say: "Shopping Mall, Twin Towers, Los Angeles" on them (which I'm not familiar with). Online searches mostly turn up information related to Richmore Gardens Twin Towers Apartments, and Century City, both in Los Angeles, but I'm not sure if these are actually related in any way to either.

Can anyone out there help me in positively identifying what "shopping mall" we're looking at here? I'm sure a few of you can and will. :) If so, I'll then update this entry with all the proper links and details.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always known it as Arco Plaza though it might not be called that anymore. The towers were built in the early 70's and yes they do have an underground shopping center.

The reference to the "twin towers" is very eerie considering it is now often used to refer to the former WTC. These buildings are not even half that height.

Sun Oct 22, 02:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same comment - that's the Arco Plaza.

Sun Oct 22, 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep Arco Plaza.

Sun Oct 22, 12:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it would be the Arco Plaza. The towers were opened in 1972. No Major anchors were at the Arco Plaza, one of Downtown Los Angeles many malls, including Broadway Plaza (later Macy Plaza), The LA Mall, and 7th and Fig.

Most Downtown LA malls lack stores but have a lot of restaurants and food shops for hungry business people.

Sun Oct 22, 03:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, ARCO Plaza. It has large sets of escalators that lead down to the two level mall. It still looked like the postcards when I moved away in 1991. But it seems to have had a makeover.

blogdowntown has it as City Nat'l Plaza now.

Sun Oct 22, 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Broadway Plaza had a Broadway dept store that changed to Macy's after the Federated buyout. 7th Market Place had a Bullocks that became Robinsons-May around the same time (JW Robinsons closed its downtown flagship around then as well)

Mon Oct 23, 03:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7th and Fig had both a Bullocks and Robinsons (later Robinsons-May)

The Bullocks was subdivided into stores and a Golds Gym around 96 when the Broadway a block away became a Macys. Macys opted to keep the Robinsons May open as a Macys.

Mon Oct 23, 08:21:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

The Twin Towers thing also threw me for a moment, at first I thought that the pictures showed the interior of the World Trade Center concourse, until I realized that the buildings looked entirely different and that they are located on the other end of the continent as well.

Still, there is some nice late 1970s murkiness in those interior shots.

Tue Oct 24, 05:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a story in the Downtown L.A. News about the refurbishment of the towers and underground mall.

Tue Nov 07, 10:17:00 AM  
Blogger Full Bar Dieter said...

Acro has long since been a 5 level mall. They've closed the mall years ago due to lack of downtown activity. There is now just a lower level eating, coffee, and food mart floor. The 80's style skinny elevators still go down further, but are barricaded by boards. Very sad.

Sat Jun 28, 01:04:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Those are not our twin towers here in Century City. But the entire style and out lay is not S Calif style Our towers are 3 sided are silver and white.
The buildings here in general are darker that what he have Century Cities buildings are white and light colored like the towers are silver not black looks like out east coast area !

Sun May 10, 03:59:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

BTW it is not called Twin Towers Mall it never was. Not sure who made the comment it was eerie they must not travel or have common knowledge of cities and buildings because there are many buildings in the US alone called twin towers but also around the world

Sun May 10, 04:12:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It's called Century City Plaza the The Towers are 2 Corporate buildings adjacent to it I worked here as a teen and lived here my whole life and that place looks nothing like it
The first link shows it in the 80s the second link shows it today!

Sun May 10, 05:01:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

the name and mall

Sun May 10, 05:04:00 AM  
Blogger John Williams said...

nice article , thanks for sharing , checkout my work on shopping malls in los Angeles.

Thu Dec 22, 12:14:00 PM  

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