"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 One - Outside The Mall-

I went to Penn Can Mall this day with the idea that I would just film the outside of the mall before they tore it down. I ended up getting a lot more than I bargained for! Here we see the front of The Mall (not the Chappell's side). It was still strange for me to go there and not see any cars in the parking lot.

This is the entrance to The Mall from the Sears wing, notice the entrance is totally boarded up.

Looking down the front side of The Mall, I noticed a large hole had been dug in the ground for no apparent reason.

I found a door that was partly opened and peeked inside, seeing what would have been the Anderson Little / Thom McAn / Cavages area. This was as close as I thought I would get to seeing the inside of The Mall.

The front entrance of The Mall was completely boarded up as well. The large separate entrance had been The Albany Savings Bank (previously The Beefsteak Mining Company). Also notice the empty phone booths on the far left side.

Here's another view of the front entrance. Although I still didn't know I would be going in at this point, I would find a lot more vandalism once I got inside The Mall.

This is the infamous entrance where you would have to wait if you wanted to get concert tickets at Dictronics when they first went on sale.

The entrance near Hill's would usually be the first door I would go into on my trips to The Mall. This entrance had also been boarded up, and the grass looked like it hadn't been mowed in a long time.

By chance, while I was filming outside I met two of the managers at The Auto Dealership that had purchased the Penn Can Mall property. I explained what I was doing and said that I would love to go inside The Mall before it got torn down. Much to my surprise they said that I could! They said they had some things to do and that I should meet them back at a certain entrance in about an hour. I couldn't believe it! I was going in!

Being the nice guy I am, I called my friend John F. (see the June 30, 1989 footage) and told him to hurry up and meet me if he wanted to join me on my journey inside The Mall. Being the "prompt" guy that he is, he met me at just under an hour later. If he had been 2 minutes later he would have arrived after The Auto Dealership guys got back and I already would've been in The Mall starting my tour.

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