Dawn of the Dead, 1978

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Don’t miss the cemetery from George A Romero’s original Night Of The Living Dead in Evans City

Dawn of the Dead filming location: Monroeville Mall, Monroeville, Pennsylvania

Dawn of the Dead filming location: the shopping mall: Monroeville Mall, Monroeville, Pennsylvania

When it came to following up his microbudget groundbreaker, Night Of The Living Dead, George A Romero came up with a stroke of utter brilliance. Avoiding all the potential cliches, he set the sequel in a shopping mall. The result is part black comedy, part social satire and still a top-notch horror movie.

Dawn of the Dead filming location: Monroeville Mall, Monroeville, Pennsylvania

Dawn of the Dead filming location: the shopping mall: Monroeville Mall, Monroeville, Pennsylvania

The mall is Monroeville Mall, 200 Monroeville Mall, north of the town of Monroeville, about 10 miles east of Pittsburgh. Amazingly, 130 of the shops in the Mall cooperated with the production, with one local bank even loaning $20,000 in notes for the scene where now-useless money flutters through the air (it was covered by a cheque in case of losses).

The rooftop hideout (the mall doesn’t have one) was an empty warehouse in downtown Pittsburgh.

Dawn of the Dead filming location: Monroeville Mall, Monroeville, Pennsylvania

Dawn of the Dead filming location: the shopping mall: Monroeville Mall, Monroeville, Pennsylvania

The area of the mall has expanded greatly in the intervening years as more stores have been built, but you’ll recognise the original block seen in the movie.

The twin-level layout is pretty much the same, though most of the shops have changed and the decor has been updated. You’ll find the twin elevators alongside the Mr Rogers Children’s Play Area.

Dawn of the Dead filming location: Monroeville Mall, Monroeville, Pennsylvania

Dawn of the Dead filming location: the shopping mall: Monroeville Mall, Monroeville, Pennsylvania

The good news is that the mall still plays easy listening muzak. Slightly disappointingly, it never seems to play The Gonk.

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