Top 10 Real Life Malls in Film

Malls have played an important part in movies across the globe, particularly in Hollywood. Here’s our Top 10 Malls in film. See if you can guess the films from the images…

10. Puente Hills Mall, Los Angeles


Most famous for: Playing Twin Pines/Lone Pine Mall in Robert Zemeckis’ Back To The Future.

9. Dixie Square Mall, Illinois (closed in 1978)


Most famous for: John Landis’ The Blues Brothers

8. Beverly Center, Los Angeles


Most famous for: Paul Mazursky’s Scenes from a Mall starring Bette Midler and Woody Allen. It has featured in many more films as well including Ruthless People, Body Double, and Volcano.

7. Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance, California


Most famous for: Terry Zwigoff’s Bad Santa. Recently appeared in Crazy, Stupid, Love.

6. Wing On Plaza, Hong Kong

Most famous for: Jackie Chan’s Police Story

5. Phoenix Metrocenter, Phoenix


Most famous for: Stephen Herek’s Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

4. Eden Prairie Center, Minnesota


Most famous for: Kevin Smith’s Mallrats

3. Sherman Oaks Galleria, Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles


Most famous for: Interior scenes for Fast Times At Ridgemont High and Night of the Comet. It also provided the exterior for Terminator 2’s mall scenes.

2. Santa Monica Place Mall, Broadway, Los Angeles


Most famous for: Interior scenes in Terminator 2: Judgment Day

1. Monroeville Mall, Pittsburgh


Most famous for: George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead

See also: Top 10 Films set in a Mall

Compiled by Daniel Stephens.

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Editor of Top 10 Films, Dan Stephens is usually found pondering his next list. An unhealthy love of 1980s Hollywood sees most of his top 10s involving a time-travelling DeLorean and an adventurous archaeologist going by the name Indiana.

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    mark Reply

    Another quirky list … I wouldn’t have guessed any of them. Well done.

    Two possible additions, and I don’t know where they are (they may already be here), are the malls in Snyder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead and the one in Jackie Brown.

    Don’t know if it was intentional, but glad to see the Romero entry at the top of the pops. Given the popularity of The Blues Brothers, I’m surprised they haven’t turned the closed one in Illinois into some kind of shrine.

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    Marjorie Reply

    What about Jingle All the Way? There’s a scene that takes place in the Mall of America.

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