Monroeville Mall - Monroeville, PA
June 22, 2015

by Ham

Monroeville Mall in Monroeville, PA was the location where most of the 1978 movie Dawn of the Dead had been filmed. Much of the mall has been changed since the film was made. The clock tower, fountain, skating area, and small bridge are now gone. The only store I found that was still in its same location from 1978 was Naturalizer Shoes. Still, it is quite surprising that the mall is still standing at all.

There are no longer any references to the classic zombie movie in the mall. The Living Dead Museum used to be located in the mall, but is now found in Evans City (near the original Night of the Living Dead cemetery - both of which will soon be covered by Project Absurd). Also, there used to be some framed pictures of the movie in a hallway that was often used by the characters in the film. These pictures are now gone, and have been replaced by old mall advertisements. While I was looking forward to seeing the Dawn Of The Dead pictures, some of the ads were quite impressive (click on the picture to see it full size).

So, armed only with some small video stills from the movie that I had on my phone, I attempted to take some pictures of the mall to compare them to how they looked in the 1978 movie. I think most of these turned out pretty good. There are a few where the angles were slightly different. This was mostly due to my attempt to not take pictures of the current zombies that were occupying the mall. I'm sure these differences will be obvious. Anyway, the original still from the movie is on top of the picture, and the current picture is on the bottom. Click on any picture to see it full size.

If you are in the area, I would definitely suggest taking a trip to the Mall Of The Dead. You just never know when some blue-faced zombies will take it over and start walking around really slow with their arms out in front of them.

(Posted 6/2015)