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  1. Thanks ChrisinNac for your recent post with a lot of detail about Galvez Mall as it was during the 1980s. For the tourist, particularly one on a day trip, the mall was a great way to relax and unwind after a day at the beach. Stewart Beach Park had (and probably still has) dressing rooms with showers and a secure place to store street clothes, similar to those found in public swimming pools. After a shower and back in street clothes, it was fun to hang out at the mall, maybe watch a movie, before returning home. As I recall, it was about 5 miles northwest on Broadway (I-45) to the mall. Once it was time to return home later in the evening, the parking area behind the mall's theater complex was near or adjacent to I-45. Regret not bringing a camera with me to document my trips to Galveston. Glad to learn Galveston County closed its beaches during the July 4th weekend. A sensible precaution.
  2. Sadly, the Galvez mall decline and eventual closing is an all too common story for enclosed malls in many areas. The Festival Bay Mall in Orlando, FL (865,00 sq. ft. indoor area) was nearly empty for several years until it was renamed, remodeled, and repurposed to an arts & crafts oriented mall with the new name, Artegon Mall. The new name only delayed the inevitable closing of this mall. Only the movie theater complex, a sporting goods store, and a boat dealership, all of which have their own outside entrances, survive. Regency Mall in east Jacksonville, FL (about 8 miles from the beach) was a great place to spend time with many stores, a large food court, movie theaters, and two arcade game rooms. Today, all the anchor stores are gone and only a few shops remain. Most people are afraid to drive into the Regency Mall parking lot, much less enter the mall itself.
  3. Visited the Galvez Mall several times during the mid-1970s when I lived in Shreveport, LA. Although 5-hour drive, Galveston was the closest beach resort. Lots of Galveston ads on Shreveport TV stations during the summer season, plus post season ads in September. Also remember the Port Holiday Mall, Holiday Inn, Best Western Motel, and Mario's Pizza near Stewart Beach Park. Also remember watching Gumball Rally at the Galvez Mall theater complex. Bought a Sherlock Holmes hardcover anthology at B. Dalton Bookstore. Great book I still have. Saw the pictures with a bunch of 1970s Pontiac Trans Am cars in the parking lot. By coincidence, all my trips were made in my 1975 Trans Am. Good memories of great times.
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