The Sherman Oaks Galleria was perhaps best known as the home of the Valley Girl, since this San Fernando Valley mall was where "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982) was filmed. And the mall was mentioned in Frank Zappa's 1982 novelty song "Valley Girl" ("Like totally! Ohmigod! Fershur!").
Arnold Schwarzenegger's1985's movie, "Commando," was shot there too.
Otherwise, it was a rather small, unremarkable mall (although Janet Jackson had been spotted shopping there on at least one occasion).
The mall was featured throughout "Fast Times at Ridgemont High", beginning with the opening scenes of the film, where we ride an elevator up to the food court where the young Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Judge Reinhold worked at the fast food stands.
But despite its popularity in the 80's (when stars like Molly Ringwald used to shop there regularly), business at this mall had been suffering lately (since it suffered extensive damage during the 1994 Northridge earthquake), with a very high vacancy rate at last report. And it is now a part of history...
(By the way, the mall where "Valley Girl" was filmed is still standing. "Valley Girl", starring Nicolas Cage in his first hit film, was shot in the main food court of the Del Amo Fashion Center mall in Torrance, CA.)
Getting there: The Galleria is located in the Valley, on the northwest corner of Ventura Boulevard and Sepulveda Boulevard, in Sherman Oaks, just east of the San Diego (405) Freeway, and just south of the Ventura (101) Freeway. / From the San Diego (405) Freeway north, take the Ventura Blvd/Sherman Oaks exit, and turn left (north) on Sepulveda Boulevard. Go two blocks (to just past Ventura Boulevard), then turn left (west) into mall's the parking garage.
[You can access the Galleria's official website at: http://www.shermanoaksgalleria.com.]
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