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considering shopping malls (mostly recent) in greater LA: www.laforum.org - click on "current newsletter" (#4, winter 2002/03)

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Postby Don-O » Wed Feb 26, 2003 12:13 pm

A grand old subject! I used to be a mall junkie during the late 70's and early 80's. I, too, remember the Old Town Mall. Among my old favorites were also Dell Amo Fashion Center (also in Torrence, CA), Metrocenter in Pheonix, AZ and Northridge Fashion Center, Northridge CA.

The Northridge F. C. was quite an product of the period of the late 60's and early 70's. I loved that place. Thank (fill in the blank) I managed to get an old postcard of the interior of the place.

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When I was 14 I got lost in the Del Amo Mall for three hours. I was supposed to meet someone, but we kept missing each other.

I recall hearing that Del Amo rates high on the list of America's biggest malls. (At least it did in the early-mid-'90s).
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Postby I_LUV_POWER!!!! » Thu Apr 24, 2003 7:44 pm

I'm trying to remember the name of an "old-fashioned" ice cream place that was common in malls during the '70s (e.g., the Old Towne Mall in Torrance had one as did the Santa Anita mall, and possibly the Glendale Galleria).

The employees would take ice cream on a stick, dunk it in chocolate, roll it in ground peanuts, and then wait a few moments for the chocolate to dry and harden. You could get lemonade there, too.

I wish I could remember the name.

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Postby SpaceAgeCity » Thu Apr 24, 2003 8:32 pm

This is a long shot, but might you be thinking of Bob's? (No relation to the Bob's Big Boy chain.) There was a place in Huntington Center for many years called Bob's that had "old fashioned" theming. They sold fresh squeezed lemonade (which was my favorite) and may have also served the kind of ice cream you described.

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Southdale, the grandfather of all malls

Postby Usonian » Wed May 21, 2003 4:39 am

I know these aren't from a California mall, but Southdale Mall here in Minnesota was actually the first fully-enclosed shopping mall in the nation (built 1956).

Unfortunately, the mall looks NOTHING like this today. "Progress", you know...sigh.

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Northland Center

Postby troyaloha » Wed May 21, 2003 7:27 am

Interesting -

The completion of Northland Center in Southfield, Michigan in 1954 eclipses your claim by two years- this was also a fully enclosed mall and was a gorgeous late streamline moderne look.

http://www.metronet.lib.mi.us/SFLD/history/sfldhst.html

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