"It's happenin' now at Penn Can Mall!"


These photos are from the Penn Can Mall 2002 "Dead Mall Tour" DVD. Click here to learn more about this DVD, and for information on how to order your own copy.
-May 21, 2002 - Part Six - All American Kitchen, Great Games, Shoe Repair-

We left Loews and started exploring the rest of the upstairs level, starting with All American Kitchen.

John gets behind the counter and has a flashback to his days working at A&W and Kentucky Fried Chicken. I don't know what the deal is with that wallpaper, but I'm sure it was very trendy when the restaurant opened in 1978.

In the kitchen of All American Kitchen is where we found the most important piece of Penn Can Mall memorabilia, The Map! Here John is telling our Tour Guide about a argument he was having with his friend about another restaurant in The Mall (more on that later). Our Tour Guide smiled and pretended he was interested. Although he didn't quite understand why we were doing this, he seemed amused by us and I'm sure he enjoyed showing us around for a couple of hours instead of having to do construction work.

Here we see the back hallway behind All American Kitchen, with the only light (once again) being the spotlight on my video camera. There wasn't much to see back here so we returned to the restaurant.

John was amazed by the dishwasher and wondered why it didn't work. He had to be reminded that The Mall had not been open in over 8 years and that they probably didn't have running water anymore.

We were now about to enter the place where, along with Pavones Pizza, we spent the most amount of time as teenagers, Great Games.

This is the center hub of the arcade, where countless games were plugged in. I can't count how many hours I've spent in this room playing Ms. Pac-Man, Centipede, Missile Command, Burger Time, Dragon Slayer, Toobin', etc.

Leaving the arcade, it was kind of shocking to see The Mall from this point of view. Remember, the last time I had seen The Mall it was still a popular gathering place and was filled with shoppers.

Looking into a store that I don't think I ever went into, Shoe Repair.

Inside Shoe Repair (I love the simple names of some of these stores!) we found an old, vintage shoe repair machine that our Tour Guide speculated was worth a lot of money. He also explained to us that they (the construction workers) had no idea how they were going to get this piece of heavy machinery down to the main floor. As far as I know, it's still up there.

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