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Sherman Oaks Galleria is a shopping mall and business center located in the Sherman Oaksmarker neighborhood of Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker, at the corner of Ventura and Sepulveda Boulevards in the San Fernando Valleymarker.

Locals colloquially refer to the mall simply as "the Galleria."

History

The mall opened in 1980 with two department stores (Robinsons anchored the south, May Company anchored the north) and a Pacific 5 Theatres. The mall was 3 levels and was open and bright. The theatres were located on the upper most level of the mall. In 1993, Robinsons and May Company merged, forming Robinsons-May. Both department stores in the mall were converted to Robinsons-May, the north store becoming a Men's and Home store, and the south store becoming a Women's and Children's store.

The mall became famous in the early 1980s as being the center of the Valley Girl culture and a well-known teenage hangout. In January 1994, the Galleria closed for 11 days due to the Northridge Earthquake, and the mall never fully recovered from the economic impact. Towards the late 1990s, many businesses began closing due to lack of consumer interest in the Galleria, until only a single store, a gift shop, was left remaining in 1999. The mall was suffering drastically due to having only one main anchor and was being outgrossed by the smaller, but busier, Westfield Fashion Square (formerly Sherman Oaks Fashion Square), located about two miles away.

The rebuilt Sherman Oaks Galleria, opened in 2002


The mall finally closed in 1999 for a major renovation and reopened in 2002 as an open-air center that was nothing like what it had been before. The only remnant of the original mall is the court where the Pacific 16 Theatres is. The theatres are on the uppermost of what had once been the southern Robinsons-May. The vast majority of the remaining mall was turned into offices. Warner Brothers set up offices here and can be seen in what was once one of the mall entrances. Additionally, several mortgage companies and financial services providers are headquartered within the mall. Additional tenants include several major restaurant chains. The remodeling and new construction was done by Peck/Jones Construction, which ultimately filed bankruptcy due to the economic climate which has plagued several other major construction companies.

On Monday, June 4, 2007 the Pacific Galleria 16 Theaters changed into an ArcLight Cinema, as the Pacific Theaters own the ArcLight brand. The transformation began gradually, with re-branding at the start, and renovation throughout the summer of 2007. The theater was closed for three weeks in September to complete the process.

In popular culture

Some scenes in the movies Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Commando, Terminator 2, Phantom of The Mall: Eric's Revenge, Walk Like a Man (with Howie Mandel), Valley Girl and Chopping Mall were filmed at the Galleria.

The "Galleria" is mentioned in the song "Valley Girl".from the Frank Zappa album Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch, as well as the eponymous "The Galleria" by Phantom Planet. It is also mentioned in the film "Clueless".

The Galleria is also home to a 24-Hour Fitness club with which Magic Johnson has a joint venture. This gym is frequented by José Canseco, Jay Mohr, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Alec Baldwin, Tera Patrick, Zac Efron, Vanessa Ann Hudgens, and Mariah Carey.

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