Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The Motion Simulator


A hot topic at the Carolina Circle Mall Fan Club on Facebook recently has been the motion simulator ride that would be placed in the mall on occasion.

Not much is known about this motion simulator except that it was used throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s and would be placed on the lower level near Montgomery Ward.

The simulator was not a permanent fixture at the mall, as mentioned before. It would be placed inside the mall every few months or so and would be used for about a week. It was also not known for being very reliable, which may have been one of the reasons it wasn’t used frequently.

The above picture was not taken at Carolina Circle Mall, however the motion simulator in the picture was the same one that was used at Carolina Circle.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Happy 38th Birthday

Sixteenth Anniversary Ad October 16, 1992

Carolina Circle Mall officially opened this day in 1976. Over the past 9 years of having this blog, I’ve said so many things about the mall that it seems like there might not be anything else to say.

However, I got to thinking awhile ago about the memories I have of going to Carolina Circle Mall as a child and how much I enjoyed the overall atmosphere, not just the Carousel. Compared to the other malls in the area at that time, and even nowadays, there was something different about Carolina Circle, but what was it?

I think that unlike other malls that were built strictly for business and retail, Carolina Circle Mall was designed to be not only retail, but for entertainment. It was the only mall in the area with a movie theater attached to it and most notably, it was the only mall in the area to ever have an Ice Chalet or a Carousel (however Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem now has a small Carousel). Even though Carolina Circle Mall failed financially, I will always remember it for the special features it had that set it apart from other malls but most importantly, the memories the mall gave me.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Montgomery Ward Entrance 1989

Inside Near Montgomery Ward 1989 2

I apologize for the severe lack of posting lately, but this is certainly a good excuse for me to make a new post today. Courtesy of the News & Record, here’s the mall entrance to Montgomery Ward in November 1989.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Wizard of Oz Puppet Show 1977

I stumbled across this earlier while tinkering around online out of boredom. Always a good day when I find something Carolina Circle Mall related.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

1/28/2014 News & Record Article


Carolina Circle Mall and Pyramids Village had an article in today’s edition of the Greensboro News & Record. Pyramids Village gets the majority of the attention, making mention of some of the new stores and restaurants that have opened there in late 2013 and early 2014.

You can see this article here.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Monk’s Under Construction 1989

From that newscast I posted earlier, here are a couple of screenshots of the outside of Monk’s Cheesesteaks from November 16, 1989 when it was under construction. It would open in June 1990.Monk's Under Construction 1989 1Monk's Under Construction 1989 2

Tilt Arcade 1989

From that newscast I posted earlier, here are a couple of screenshots of the Tilt Arcade from November 16, 1989.

Tilt Arcade 1989 2Tilt Arcade 1989 3

WFMY News 2 1989 Newscast at Carolina Circle Mall

At the 23:12 mark in this 6:00 newscast from November 16, 1989, WFMY News 2 does a man on the street interview with various people at the Carolina Circle Mall food court.

At this time, the food court was roughly one year old. Apparently, not many restaurants had open yet, such as Circle Cafe & Deli and Gatto Pizza. At the 23:34 mark, a coming soon sign for Monk's Cheesesteaks can be seen. Monk's would open in June 1990, about 8 months after this video was shot. I'm guessing a lot of the restaurants didn't open until around 1990 or 1991. The Carousel was also here at this time, but it is not shown in this video.

I'm having trouble identifying the store that's in the background at the 23:58 mark. I'm thinking it might be Fluf 'N Stuff, but I'm not sure.