Saturday, May 24, 2008

Old Towne Mall- Sign Then and Now

Here's a before and after shot of the famous Old Towne Mall. This photo shows roughly the same location of where the old sign stood. Not to complain, but the old sign sure was more interesting than the bland Torrance Promenade sign that stands there now.

Another view of the old sign, The entrance on the far right has changed only a little from how it was when this picture was taken. The glass window that goes up the wall is now still there as the front facade of Linens and Things. They added some more stucco, but compared to the rest of the mall, it's the closest to the original structure.

This photo has been slightly altered to match the previous picture better. Lets say some trees are here that block the view of the building, but they were removed from the photo. You can see the glass wall behind the facade. A little work, and some imagination, and the old entrance could be back to what it once was. The reason that they kept this one section so close to the original mall design, was because they tried to have that section as one last remaining area of the mall. The old Mann theater was where Linens and Things is now, and a food court with an arcade and Carousel remained for a short time after they closed Old Towne.


Friday, May 16, 2008

Movieland- High Noon

In my first post in a while, I'm sharing yet another scene from the Movieland Wax Museum. This time we see Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in a scene from the classic western High Noon. The Figures are excellent, and the set, while simple, fits the mood rather well.

A close up of Gary Cooper as Marshall Kane.

Grace Kelly as Mrs. Kane.

A clapboard sign of the movie.

More information on Cooper and his career.

The figures moved to the World Wax Museum in Korea after the museum closed, and the set sold at auction for $600. The figures probably would have sold for a high price because of the status of the two stars.