Monroeville Mall, PA, the historic location of Romero's Dawn of the Dead. Not the 2004 remake with fast zombies, but the 1978 original in all its incredibly gory, non-CGI splatter.
I finally got there. I was in Monroeville last weekend for a wedding and there was no question: I had to visit the mall.
And you know what? It looks like every other mall. At first I was disappointed but then I realized that was precisely the film's brilliance. It should look like any mall! Because when the apocalypse happens, it's gonna be everywhere--in our back yards, schools, houses--and in our malls. There are already a lot of zombies at Hot Topic anyway--why not add a few flesh-eating ones?
I had heard there's a special store with zombie memorabilia at the Monroeville Mall. Unfortunately it wasn't clear from the directory where it was--there was no Zombie Nook listed--and we didn't have time to walk the whole mall in search of it. I believe I will regret that decision more than my decision not to have children.
I did find one zombie though, riding the escalator which, in my imagination, is the same exact escalator as in the film.
Oh wait, that's not a zombie. That's me!
PS If you want way more pics than these and actual comparisons with the film, check out this guy's blog post.