Does anybody remember the Old Towne Mall in Torrance, CA? Besides shopping, it also had various indoor rides.
The main focal point was the double-decked carousel right in the center of the mall, just inside the main entrance. It was very similar to the ones that the various Westfield malls (Santa Anita, Topanga, etc.) are getting recently, except that the horses on the top level of Old Towne's weren't jumpers, they just rocked back and forth. In the twilight years of the mall (around 1990) it was moved to the arcade that was at the south end of the mall at that time, where it mostly just sat in a partially-assembled state. Anybody know what happened to it after that?
I remember there were two dark rides in the mall at one time, but I never got to go on them. My parents thought they were creepy, and talked me out of it by assuring me that they'd be nothing like the good dark rides in Disneyland. That's as maybe, but I still actively regret never going on them to see for myself. I don't even remember what they were, except that one was sort of forest-y. There were all sorts of neat little shops and restaurants, including a little alcove of arts & crafts tables and a stand called something like "Churros and Moo Juice" (=milk) that had animated cows above the sign, and was my first introduction to the churro, before Disneyland started selling them.
There were various flat rides in the mall that came and went every now and then. I think there was an Octopus, and there was something like Dumbo with bees instead of elephants, I think. For awhile they were located behind the carousel, and at one point they were located on the south end, along with killer bumper cars that would slam into each other hard enough that they left me feeling quite sore afterwards (whee!). And there was an indoor bare-bones miniature golf course.
Anybody have any clearer memories, or better yet, photos?
Oh, wait, I just Googled some up...
A few half way down this page
A Sims version of the mall
Some other memories here as well
Funny, last time I Googled, I couldn't find anything interesting.
The place was remodled into a cluster of big box stores surrounded by smaller satellite stores in the 1990s, and all of the rides are long gone, but I still drive by and remember what was where. "Right through there was the carousel, that's where the Federated store was in the 1980s, and off to the side there was a Best catalogue store, just past the small Mann multiplex that's also disappeared..."