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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 Seven - Upstairs Posters, Elevator & Restrooms-

While we were walking upstairs I filmed some of the posters The Mall put up in the last few years it was open.

I guess their idea was to be clever and use some sort of old film style posters to change the atmosphere in The Mall. Or something. I don't know. I'm not sure what their motivation behind these posters were. Sure, they look kind of neat but I don't think they were going to draw anyone away from the big fat monster, Carousel Mall. I don't think there was much they could've done at that point.

This poster was lying on the ground in front of the hair salon. I think many of the female mall shoppers back in the 80s had hair like this, but I mostly remember girls having either the "feathered look" or the "rooftop" (hair sprayed straight up, as high as possible). I found it kind of funny that, when girls had these hairstyles, they almost never did anything to the back of their hair. The front of their hair would be perfectly styled and sprayed so it wouldn't move, but the back would look like the girl had just woken up.

The infamous elevator! In case you thought The Mall had a secret "upper level", they made sure they clearly stated that it was an "Elevator Down". I heard rumors of drug deals and other sorts of foulness happening in this elevator during regular mall hours.

Here are the remains of Malara World Hair. I believe I had gotten my hair cut at this place a couple of times. If I did, I'm sure my instructions back then would've been, "Just cut the bangs a little, keep the feathers, and don't cut the back.". Of course, it always seemed like the people cutting my hair had a thing against boys with long hair and would always cut too much off.

The restrooms were right past the elevator, the Men's Room on the right and the Women's on the left. Notice the ashtray placed between the two restrooms. I guess they figured you'd want to put out your butt before you use the toilet.

The restrooms weren't in as poor shape as I expected, considering how bad the Loews bathrooms looked.

We found these great signs on the floor of the bathroom. I wanted to take them, but I was scared of what that foulness was on the sign. It turns out it was just dirt that wiped off easily. I was going to take both signs, but John insisted on taking one. It turns out he left his outside to get rained on and ruined! I was able to take a digital picture of mine and use it for the logo on top of each page on this site.

They even put up the movie style posters behind the elevator. I just noticed the "Pretty Woman" poster, I'm not sure why that was there.

This was the back of the elevator. I tried to pry open the doors to film the inside, but they wouldn't open. Notice, once again, the only light was the spotlight on my video camera. Had I known I was going to get to go on this great tour, I would've made sure I brought a digital camera with me. I guess I was lucky I had any camera at all.

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