These malls were once bustling hubs of commerce, but after a few years of neglect, they went from Mallrats to Dawn of the Dead. Now they would be the perfect sets for a movie where shoppers have been replaced by survivalists.
Dayton Arcade in Dayton, Ohio, a collection of five buildings built between 1902 and 1904 as a food market, an office and a residential building. In 1980, it reopened as a retail shopping and food center, but closed ten years later.
North Street Arcade in Belfast, Ireland, a wonderful Art Deco mall, built in 1936, survived the Belfast Blitz during WWII and the IRA bombings in the 1970s, but burned out in 2004.
Crestwood Court in Crestwood, Missouri, closed in September 2013, after 56 years in operation.
Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, Illinois, opened in 1966, closed in 1978.
It was used for the mall chase scene in The Blues Brothers.
The building was demolished between February and May 2012.
Cloverleaf Mall in Chesterfield, Virginia, opened in 1972, closed in 2007, demolished in 2011.
Randall Park Mall in North Randall, Ohio, 1976-March 2009.
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Hawthorne Plaza Mall in Hawthorne, California, opened in 1977, closed in 1999.
Belz Factory Outlet Mall in Allen, Texas, opened in 1983, closed four years later, demolished in 2010.
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New World Shopping Mall, Bangkok, Thailand, once an eleven story building, but the top seven floors were demolished in 1997. Two years later it was burned out due to suspected arson.
New South China Mall, the largest mall in the world based on gross leasable area, in Dongguan, China. It was built in 2005, but there are only a few retailers.
The mall's biggest problem was it could take hours to get there via public transport and the most of Dongguan's population are too poor to buy anything in a high-end shopping mall.