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ABOUT THE MALL:
For myself and many kids who grew up in the Cicero and North Syracuse areas (in Central New York), Penn Can Mall was the coolest place to hang out in the 80s. When someone asked if you wanted to hang out after school, it was a given that they were talking about The Mall. The only question would be where in Penn Can to meet - Pavones, Great Games, or THE CLOCK? While this mall was enjoyed by Central New Yorkers of all ages, I was a teenager during most of my visits. Subsequently, most of the commentary on this site comes from my perspective at that time.

ABOUT THE SITE:
When I was a teenager, I brought my video camera to The Mall a couple of times. Personal video cameras were fairly new back then and it seemed like I always had mine with me, trying to document all of the important (and not so important) events in my life. In 2002, I brought my newer, smaller video camera to the site of the former Penn Can Mall to try and film the building before it was torn down. I ended up getting a 2 hour tour of the inside of The Mall and got to film almost every store inside and out. This site started as a way to document both my old video tapes and the new one from 2002. It keeps growing as more people check out the site and send me things, or as I find more interesting stuff about The Mall. So, check back every once in awhile to see what may have been added to the site, because I don't think it'll ever be completely "done".

- May 5, 2012 - Special 10th Anniversary Sale for May, 2012 on the Penn Can Mall 2002 Dead Mall Tour DVD!
- September 5, 2011 - Add a news report about Penn Can Mall from 1976 to the Video Clips section.
- February 17, 2010 - Added a new review to the 2002 "Dead Mall Tour" DVD section.
- June 22, 2009 - Added a new section containing photos from Jerry Mather's (from Leave It To Beaver) 1984 Penn Can Mall appearance.
- May 4, 2009 - Added a new Penn Can Mall commercial to the Video Clips section.
- March 11, 2009 - The videos on this site are back up.
- February 18, 2009 - The videos on this site are temporarily unavailable. For more information, please click here to go to the blog.
- January 12, 2009 - Added an ad from 1988, featuring a complete list of stores, to the Classic Photos - Page 12 section.
- December 14, 2008 - A different version of the NBC Peacock Shop at Penn Can Mall commercial has been added to the the Mall Related Video Clips section.
- August 2, 2008 - I've added a video trailer and a new review to the 2002 "Dead Mall Tour" DVD section.

- History of Penn Can Mall - A detailed history of The Mall from it's beginning until today.
- Penn Can Mall Interactive Map - Click on any store and see its information and photos (requires Flash).
- Penn Can Mall floor maps - Floor maps, with lists of stores, from 1976, 1981, 1986 and the early 1990s.
- List of stores - From the Dickman Directory, a list of all of the stores in The Mall from a couple of different years.
- Newspaper articles - A history of The Mall as seen thru various Syracuse newspaper articles from 1967 to 2002.
- David Hepp interview - David was the caretaker of The Mall from 1989 to 2001.
- 2007 Update - I took several photos in February of 2007 to show how The Mall looks today.
- Classic photos - page 1 - Classic photos from 1974 and 1976 sent in by Mike Hepp.
- Classic photos - page 2 - More classic photos sent in by Mike Hepp, this time from 1979 to 1993.
- Classic photos - page 3 - More classic photos from the late 1970s.
- Classic photos - page 4 - Classic photos from the 1970s until 1990, including appearances by Ernie, Bert, Susan & Gordon (Sesame Street) and Winnie The Pooh.
- Classic photos - page 5 - Classic store front photos from 1976. The photos in this and the following section are posted "in order", as one would walk thru The Mall.
- Classic photos - page 6 - More classic store front photos from 1976.
- Classic photos - page 7 - Even more classic photos from 1976.
- Classic photos - page 8 - Some classic photos of the offices and some sidewalk sales from the 80s.
- Classic photos - page 9 - From the 80s - the adventures of Robutler and a fashion show.
- Classic photos - page 10 - Various photos from the 70s to the 90s.
- Classic photos - page 11 - More Robutler photos and some various shots from 1976.
- Classic photos - page 12 - Some outside photos from the 80s and a photo of Hills during construction.
- Jerry Mathers Mall Appearance - Some photos from the Leave It To Beaver star's 1984 mall appearance.
- Cicero Town Historian Scans - Great newsletters sent out in 1976 to promote the opening of the mall, as well as some newspaper articles from the same era.
- Hanging Out At The Mall - Photos sent in by former mall rat Don Stroup.
- Newspaper archive photos - Archive & aerial photos sent in by the producer of the NBC Peacock Shop commercial (see below).
- NBC Peacock Shop commercial - 11/88 - Video captures from this great commercial of a shop in Penn Can Mall. Thanks to Kelly K. for finding this on an old video tape.
- Ham & Jeff go to The Mall - 12/3/88 - In the next several sections, the video captures were taken from some of my old video tapes and were filmed by kids with shaky hands, so please excuse the quality of some of these photos. This first group is from the Christmas season of 1988.
- Ham, John & Jeff go to The Mall - 6/30/89 - It was summertime, and we were hanging out at The Mall - it didn't get much better than that.
- Ham & Brian go to The Mall - 11/29/89 - Christmas season at The Mall, this time in 1989.
- Ham & Scott go to Pavones - 10/18/91 - The Mall had started it's decline, and many of the stores were gone, but we were still hanging out at our favorite pizza place.
- May 21, 2002 - Part 1 - These captures come from my tour of The Mall when it was in the middle of construction/demolition by the Burdick Auto Dealership. This first part is when I first arrived and filmed the outside of The Mall.
- May 21, 2002 - Part 2 - Entering & finding The Clock.
- May 21, 2002 - Part 3 - Chappell's wing & center court.
- May 21, 2002 - Part 4 - Upstairs & entering Loews.
- May 21, 2002 - Part 5 - Exploring Loews.
- May 21, 2002 - Part 6 - All American Kitchen, Great Games & Shoe Repair.
- May 21, 2002 - Part 7 - Upstairs posters, elevator & restrooms.
- May 21, 2002 - Part 8 - Mall offices & control room.
- May 21, 2002 - Part 9 - Upstairs back rooms & future plans.
- May 21, 2002 - Part 10 - Bryant & Stratton, graffiti & the roof.
- May 21, 2002 - Part 11 - Heading To The Hills Wing.
- May 21, 2002 - Part 12 - Exploring The Hills Wing.
- May 21, 2002 - Part 13 - Exploring The Sears Wing.
- May 21, 2002 - Part 14 - Further Exploring The Sears Wing.
- May 21, 2002 - Part 15 - Finishing Our Tour & Saying Goodbye.
- Mall Related Video Clips - Last updated July 24, 2008. - Penn Can Mall 2002 "Dead Mall Tour" DVD - Purchase the DVD described in the "Dead Mall Video Captures" section above.
- Penn Can Mall merchandise - Show everyone who the originator was by wearing some Penn Can gear at Carousel Mall.
- Penn Can Mall original logo merchandise - More Penn Can gear featuring the original logo from the 1970s.
- Links - Some sites to visit after you've finished your Penn Can Mall tour.
- Penn Can Mall Around The World - Send in photos of yourself wearing a Penn Can Mall shirt (see above) in front of a local landmark and I will post them on this page.
- Syracuse Nostalgia Blog - site updates, random thoughts, leave your own comments
- Syracuse Nostalgia Facebook page - site updates, random thoughts, leave your own comments
- Guestbook - Leave your comments about Penn Can Mall or this site.
- Forum - Share your memories not only about Penn Can Mall, but about the entire Central New York area.
- MySpace Group - Join the official Penn Can Mall MySpace group.
- E-mail - Contact me if you have any Penn Can Mall or Syracuse related merchandise (photos, documents, video, audio, etc.) you'd like to share with the site, or if you have any comments or questions about the site.

 

LOOKING FOR PENN CAN MALL STUFF:

If anyone has any photos, videos, merchandise or information about Penn Can Mall or the Syracuse area please send an e-mail to the address below. I collect anything I can find about The Mall, but if you have something you don't want to part with perhaps you could send in a photo of the item for the site. Please check out my other site, Syracuse Nostalgia, which includes many photos plus video and audio clips from the Syracuse area.

UPDATE: I have been searching for a copy of the Penn Can Mall opening day festivities which were broadcast on WFBL on March 25, 1976. If anyone has a copy of this, or has any ideas where I should look, please send me an e-mail. Click here for more information about the opening day events.

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