MALL PHOTO GALLERY #1
Exterior pictures taken on two separate trips: October 18, 2003 and April 10, 2004. All photos by Russell Wells.
|The 'E' stands for EMPTY. -- This was the main Eastwood Mall signage, installed along with the mall's 1990 renovation.|
|Front and center -- The view of Eastwood whicih greeted traffic along Hwy. 78 toward the end. As you can probably tell, the atrium in the middle is--er, I mean, WAS the food court.|
|Movie's over -- One of two signs of the "old" Eastwood Mall still evident after the facelift. This was the portion of the mall which opened in 1965. The Pioneer Cafeteria (left) and the Eastwood Mall Theater (right) were on this end.|
|Shouldn't that be "Served"?
-- The north side of Eastwood's first anchor;
it was Pizitz from 1966-1980. The early '80s Service Merchandise
facade is still visible in this picture. This closed when the entire
chain went belly-up several years ago.
This was the only portion of Eastwood still to have its original '60s exterior intact.
|America's Leading (defunct)
Jeweler. -- The east side, facing Kmart and Eastwood
At the time (October 2003), Eastwood employed one lone "mall cop" who drove around the perimeter, over and over and over ....
|McRae's Tires?? --
No, your eyes do not deceive. This outparcel building was most recently a Goodyear service center, but on the back of the building is a label scar from McRae's.
For a long time, it was the auto service building for Pizitz (back in the days when these department stores sold more than just clothes). Then it briefly served as McRae's tire department when Pizitz was bought out in 1986.
|Where EVERY DAY is Sunday!
old ABC Package Store (also known as a "State Store"). The
state of Alabama is one of several which engages in the retail liquor business.
There are some privately-owned "package" stores (Alabama law forbids
the words "LIQUOR", "BEER" or "WINE" from all exterior signage), but most
"hard liquor" is sold at ABC stores.
If the alcoholic in your life craves a drink, send 'em here.
||7-10 split! -- When
the Eastwood AMF Lanes opened in the late '50s, it was Birmingham's finest.
They did not let you forget this facility had 48 LANES! They were
so proud of this fact, it was put on the building.
Eastwood Lanes closed in 2002. "Unresolved issues" with the landlord (read: drip, drip, drip) are supposedly what led AMF to vacate this location.
The big "Sputnik" on top of the sign -- called a Rotosphere -- was one of my most-treasured "childhood icons." Lucky for all of us history-loving, sentimental slugs, I'm told the "sandspur" (as I often thought it) has been saved, and should one of these days be greeting passersby on Highway 78 around Adamsville.
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