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1970s - interior of Hollywood Mall, South Floridas first enclosed air-conditioned mall with a major department store
1970's Courtesy of Bob Hynes

1970's - interior of Hollywood Mall, South Florida's first enclosed air-conditioned mall with a major department store

Hollywood Mall, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Florida


(originally posted 6/3/09) Thank you to Bob Hynes, owner of the Mall Barber Shop, for letting me take a photo of the original photo that he had on display in his shop which is still located in the north end of the old mall and on the far left side of this photo. I've been going to the Mall Barber Shop since 1970 and Bob has been my barber and friend since 1974 or 1975. A recent photo of Bob in his shop is at http://www.pbase.com/donboyd/image/113313913 .

Hollywood Mall opened in October 1964 and was the first enclosed air-conditioned mall with a department store in South Florida. Dadeland was enclosed and air-conditioned years later, 163rd Street Shopping Center was enclosed in the 1980's, and Northside Shopping Center was open air until it closed. Hollywood Mall had a large Sears with a cafeteria/restaurant (on the left side in this photo), a Woolworths and numerous other stores. The planter area on the left disappeared in a remake of the mall after this photo was taken and a large food court on the east side was built in the late 1970's/early 1980's. You can see the "Allstate Insurance" counter on the left side before the Sears restaurant entrance. There was also a good deli on the left side between the Sears restaurant and the Mall Barber Shop.

Most of the Hollywood Mall was closed in the 1990's as I recall (correct me if I'm wrong) and converted into office spaces and a large Target was built where Sears used to be. The closest Sears are now at Aventura Mall and further west at Pembroke Lakes Mall. It is ironic that Hollywood lost both the Hollywood Mall, and the newer nearby Hollywood Fashion Center that was built in the early 1970's, and no longer has a mall for area residents.

Update 11/1/09: the Mall Barber Shop is no more due to failure in lease negotiations. Bob Hynes and Dave relocated to TODAY's MAN at 4747 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of the famous Rickey's on the north side of the road and west of Presidential Circle. Bob Hynes retired after the move to TODAY'S MAN. The shop's telephone number is 954-964-5809. 40-something years at the mall has come to an end. :(


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Guest 29-Jul-2014 17:19
Thanks for the memories. The recent John Walsh coverage on CNN made me think of the Hollywood Mall and how I spent a lot of time there with friends in high school (1977-81). I remember the book and record stores, the video arcade at the back parking lot entrance, and that weird abstract sculpture that boggled me as a child (good to see it again in the pic). I ended up spending more time at the Hollywood Fashion Center, which was an easy walk from my house, when a Radio Shack Computer Center opened up there (1977?) and I could sit for hours in air conditioning and teach myself how to write BASIC programs. I bought my first programming book ("Basic BASIC") at the Waldenbooks at HFC too. Glad I could turn that experience into a career.
Don Boyd11-Jun-2014 19:54
Thank you for posting Jeremy, along with the other folks who have posted their comments and memories. It was a nice small mall with nice stores, especially the large Sears where you could buy just about anything you needed. It's a shame that the mall is gone, along with the Hollywood Fashion Center.

Don
Jeremy 11-Jun-2014 19:26
I left a message earlier about my grandpa taking me here all the time when I was little. So many great memories. The food court was my favorite. The fountains, the foot locker, the jewelry and watch stores, clothing stores, etc. Even the barber shop. Me and my grandpa would get haircuts. I loved that mall. At tennis camp, I used to be at mall for my hour lunch. It was my favorite place as a kid and I hate that's it's gone. I work out at memorial gym in that shopping center and I still get sad it's not there.
Carolyn 17-Apr-2014 12:13
I miss old Hollywood! Does anyone one remember the photography studio on the circle? I'm trying to find a guy named Mark who used to shoot weddings,etc!
Bette 03-Apr-2014 14:32
Just found your site. Thanks for posting these. I worked at the MineBender (a hand-made jewelry store) in the 70,s. It was down a short hallway that faced east. Then I was assistant manager for Waldenbooks in 1977 - '79. While I was there Edward Bloor, the author of Tangerine and other YA novels, (then he was a struggling author) was one of the booksellers. I loved this mall it was smallish but people knew each other. The German Deli was great, we ate there a lot! Can't remember the name of it; we just called it 'the German Deli'.
Don Boyd11-Feb-2014 15:53
Guest, thank you for your comment. Morrison's was at the south end of the mall closest to Hollywood Boulevard. Are you saying that they also operated the cafeteria/restaurant inside Sears on the north mall side of Sears for Sears? Sears used to have small restaurants inside most of their large stores and I always thought Sears personnel worked there. Can you elaborate on your comment? Thanks.

Don
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Guest 11-Feb-2014 03:06
the cafeteria was morrison's, next to sears
Don Boyd19-Sep-2013 05:49
Mike, thank you for clarifying the present status of what used to be Hollywood Mall as we knew it and what tenants are in different areas of the site. That's doing great if the occupancy rate is almost 100% now and if additional tenants are coming. The Publix and CVS on the north end of the mall sure attract a lot of traffic and hopefully people can be attracted to tenants on the interior of the mall on the north end. Good luck!

Don
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Mike 18-Sep-2013 19:44
James / An all interested parties.
Just to avoid confusion:
Target is still there. Harris Art Studio is now in the interior mall where HearX was until recently. Prospective tenants are negotiating for the old German Restaurant space.
Target took over 1/2 of Sears and expanded west. A call Center resides in the majority of the rest of the interior mall including the other half of Sears. All other space was converted to conventional exterior storefronts
There is considerable value for many for opening a business in a historical building. Soon the entire property will be 100% leased.
James 10-Aug-2013 20:13
What are all these ppl talking about when they talk of moving into the mall and bringing it back? There is one tiny section open with three stores. One barber shop, a modeling agency, then a vacant spot. That's it. The rest of what once was is target.
jmore 19-Jul-2013 04:58
publix supermarket on the north end
of the back entrance
Kyle Harris 23-Jun-2013 16:45
I've lived in Hollywood for 10 years and only know the history of the mall from conversations. I'm moving my business, Harris Art Studio inside the mall later this summer and I hope to see other businesses along with the nail salon, barber shop and pageant business bring that space back to life. Stop by and see me in August.
Faye 12-Jun-2013 21:13
I worked at the House Of Rhythm Music Store & the mall was a beautiful place.
Steve 23-May-2013 14:09
I worked in that Sears store for many years it was a wonderful place to work. Sears had just completed a beautiful complete remodel to the Hollywood Mall Store, but, the landlord would not put a new roof on the store, and the roof would leak onto the furniture in the furniture department, Sears got tired of having damaged merchandise so they decided to close the store. The Hollywood Mall Sears was the number one store in sales in South Florida. The Hollywood Mall was once a beautiful place to shop, it is now nothing but a mess
Jeremy 14-May-2013 23:05
I was born in 1982. My grandpa would always take me here. We would go to the food court and eat pizza at the place all the way at the end. We'd go to all the stores and he'd always buy me stuff at the foot locker. I was a little kid. When I got older I went to David park tennis camp and at lunch we'd always go and have fun at the mall. So many memories.
Alex Wolack 13-Aug-2012 10:42
Don I worked in the Sears at the mall from 1970 until 1981. I had a lot of fond memories after seeing you picture. In a way I hated to see the mall close. It was kind of a land mark that people were drawn to. I see the entrance to Sears in the back ground where Allstate was and the furniture department was. I wish there were more photos. Thanks for sharing.
Jeff Shipskie 15-Jan-2012 20:12
I grew up in this mall, my dad worked at Sears. One of my most vivid memories was walking through the mall by my self one day and suddenly seeing women running, screaming and crying through the mall. Scared the piss outa me and I ran back to Sears to my dad.... Elvis had died!
Don Boyd18-May-2011 03:13
Guest, you are correct in stating that the barber shop is no longer there but that is mentioned in the first sentence of the description under the photo.

Don
Guest 17-May-2011 18:18
Wow! I grew up right next to here in the 90's. I't didn't look like that by the 90's. I remember that it was right next to publix and there was only vitamin shop and a barber shop by that time,I think. I got my haircut there as a little girl. I don't think the barbershop is there anymore. It's weird seeing what it used to look like.
michael spinelli Jr 25-Jan-2011 15:44
WOW.. Thank you so much for this memory i was born and raised in Hollywood (1965). My dad was a department manager in that Sears. i used to go see him at work when i was a little kid. in middle school my friends and i would take the bus from taft street and 22 ave to the mall it cost .25 and you could smoke on the bus.
Elliot 13-Sep-2010 21:08
This brought back a few memories. My dad was a pharmacist in this mall. At the South entrance was a Gray Drugs. What nobody did mention was this malls darker history. This was the Sears that Adam Walsh was kidnapped from.
Don Boyd14-Nov-2009 17:32
Randy, thanks for posting your great memories. I have often wondered why Hollywood Mall closed and I believe I heard that Sears left because of a greedy landlord refusing to lower his lease payment demands when the lease was up. The Hollywood Fashion Center was absolutely great in the 70's and early 80's and I was there all the time while living in Miramar in the early 70's. Hopefully I can find some photos of the interior that I have in the boxes somewhere.

Don
Randy 14-Nov-2009 08:13
Wow, talk about memories. We used to go to this mall all the time in the 60s. Later, when we moved to Hollywood in 1970 the world was really different for me. Lots of nice stores and nice people. Hollywood Hills was one of the nicest neighborhoods in S. Fl. There were some great stores in that mall. For some reason that puzzled us, the Sears in Hollywood Mall and the JCP and other stores in the Fashion Center just up and went away leaving thousands of people without a major department store. We just could never understand why, the surrounding area didn't turn into a no man's land like what happened to Northside on 7th ave. A lot of really nice smaller stores in the Hollywood Mall tried to hang on but disappeared. We saw the same thing happen on 7th ave- the cheap stores with undesireables moved in, well at least to the Fashion Center. BTW, after HS and before college, I worked at the JCP in the Fashion Center. What a great mall that was for a while. Nothing better for a kid to work full time, live at home and have the world waiting for him.
Don Boyd11-Nov-2009 14:47
I've never seen that in print or heard of it, but I have changed the title to add the words "with a major department store" to make it factually accurate.

Don
Randy H. 11-Nov-2009 05:33
I understand that in the 1950s on NW 22 Avenue and just north of 151 Street on the north side of a canal west of 22 Avenue where now a park is there was the first indoor closed mall in FLorida opened. It was small but the first.