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The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Rod ()
Date: December 07, 2008 09:36PM

I was out at Tyson's Corner today and I remembered the old Tyson's. Do any remember the old coat racks. Ya they had these elaborate electric coat racks that had them going into the basement like at the dry cleaners only they were even bigger. Apparently they had it that patrons would want to check thier heavy winter coats when walking in. It was quite elaborate. I don't remember ever checking my coat and the idea proved unpopular but the device lingered for years until they underwent a renovation. But it's interesting to me that this was a feature originally.

Another feature at Ty sons was the Avery court which featured live birds. I'm fond of birds and rather liked it. I think the same region is still called the Avery court. I remember they had golden peasants and ring neck doves. I think there were four large cages.

They say Tyson's corner is being redesigned to be a vast pedestrian friendly urban center. But will it have coat racks and bird cages?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: tubby ()
Date: December 07, 2008 10:07PM

Remember the old Tyson's Corner? Heck yeah,

My uncle owned one of the dairy farms there and I spent many a summer helping him. I used to drive his old red-belly Ford tractor (model 8N) down to the store at "the corner" for a grape Nehi and a Moon Pie.

This was around 1960.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: December 07, 2008 10:17PM

Haha. I've lived in this neighborhood since 97 and don't remember anything like a coat check at the mall. That must have been LONG ago, and it sounds funny. So do the birds.

The oldest things I can remember about here are:

- Some place called "Hot Shoppes" in the mall. It was like a cafeteria, and was always filled with elderly people. It closed around the time I first moved here.

- There was a Burger King or Hardees on the second level of the mall, near where LL Bean is now. Not in a food court, just a regular mall store front. Can you imagine a BK in there now??

- There was some sort of buffet place across 7 where On The Border/Chili's is now. I think it was called "Easby's". And it was terrible!

- The Patio.com store on 7 was some sort of fast food restaurant, and the exterior still looks like it. Except now they sell patio furniture (and pinball machines!).

- There was a Chic- Fil A tucked away up on the third floor of the Galleria. It was a weird food court, and always empty. It also had a decent Lebanese kebab place. I think its where Maggiano's is now.

- Take a look at the Beltway/Rt. 7 interchange today, and it looks nothing like it did even a year ago. All the trees are cut down, it's a wide open space.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Vince(1) ()
Date: December 07, 2008 11:25PM

I remember the bird cages...I also rememebr the head shop that was tucked in the rear of a small kitchen appliance store (sort of what B,B & Beyond is today). I used to go in there and get pipe screens all the time....we are talking around 1972.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Eastsider ()
Date: December 07, 2008 11:38PM

I went to that BK many times. It was actually connected to Woolworth's such that you could walk into Woolworth's (now LL Bean) without having to enter the mall again (you could bypass one storefront---the door was essentially worthless).

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Bob ()
Date: December 07, 2008 11:39PM

I don't remember birds but I worked at Hecht's in the mid-80's during high school on the loading dock.

I remember when what is now the first floor was a dark, dirty, rat-infested tunnel with loading docks for all the stores. The trucks used to enter through entrances on both ends. The first entrance was in the surface lot by where Bloomies, LL Bean and Nordstroms is. I can't remember where the other one was, but I think it was down by Woodie's. I also remember that there was a Goodyear tire shop down below Hecht's, where the parking garage by Hecht's is now. It was much deeper than it is now, they must have filled in a lot of dirt where that used to be.

Anyone remember the video games at People's Drug? They had an entire aisle in the middle of the store full of video games. That was a big hang out after school.

Tubby, I knew someone who was in high school in the 60's who was telling me about how Rt 7 was all gravel from about where the toll road is now, all the way out to Leesburg. There even used to be a memorabilia shop in Tysons, maybe early 90's, about where Restoration Hardware is now, that sold sports and photo collectibles that had about 15 or 20 photos of the real "tyson's corner" when it was all dirt roads with like a gas station on two corners, and either woods or farms everywhere else. That may have been the 50's, maybe 40's.

I also remember when the Galleria was still "the pits" where all the pimmit hills kids would ride their dirt bikes. Or when the NADA building was pretty much the tallest building in Tysons, maybe other than the building that is now the wachovia building next to the residence inn and holiday inn and Da Domenico.

Oh yeah, the Burger king was where LL Bean is now, and before that, there was a woolworth's there. It was one of the few non-anchor stores that had two floors (just like LL Bean, now)



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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Jester ()
Date: December 08, 2008 01:39AM

I remember there was a meat packing place on the corner by RT 7 and 123. People would bring their deer kills in to get them packaged for Winter.

Then car dealers started popping up every where.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Spacy ()
Date: December 08, 2008 01:59AM

Jester Wrote:
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> I remember there was a meat packing place on the
> corner by RT 7 and 123. People would bring their
> deer kills in to get them packaged for Winter.

Yes, my father and I used to use that place after hunting!
(I was just about to post about it but you beat me to it...)

I don't recall there being much of anything else in the area back then.
This would have been the late 60s.



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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Birds R Us ()
Date: December 08, 2008 05:03AM

I remember the birds in the big cages. Even though I was a kid, I felt sorry for them. I guess, though, that it wasn't nearly as bad as being in a small cage.

Also, there was a pizza place - more like a stand - that had the worst slices of pizza ever. They were gross!

Also, there used to be fountains near Hecht's, and sometimes we'd reach in and take out some coins - I guess it was easy to do then because no one was looking. We would spend them at that toy store that had the joke things like disappearing ink and soap that turned your hands black.

And whatever happened to Farrell's and the ice cream trough that was "fit for a pig"? Didn't you get some sort of prize if you could finish it? And they had those giant lollipops which I thought were the coolest things ever.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Bob ()
Date: December 08, 2008 05:08AM

Farrells was next to the movie theaters, wasn't it?

There used to be 8 theaters or so just about where the escalators closest to Nordstroms are. It might even have been 12 theaters. I know that was three levels, the first level was pretty much nothing, then the second level had a game room, and then the third level had the ticket booths, concession stands and the theaters.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: RESton Peace ()
Date: December 08, 2008 06:42AM

Wow, blasts from the past. I remember all of those things from when I was in grade school, except the first-floor tunnels and the coat check. Those tunnels sound pretty cool.

Anyone remember when they used to bring some of the Macy's parade floats and/or balloons to Tyson's 2? I don't think they did a parade but I can't remember. I just recall going to see them there and thinking that was where the parade from tv actually was... ah the ignorance of youth. A knowing person would never confuse Tyson's and New York.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Rod ()
Date: December 08, 2008 10:26AM

Spacy Wrote:
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> Jester Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I remember there was a meat packing place on
> the
> > corner by RT 7 and 123. People would bring
> their
> > deer kills in to get them packaged for Winter.
>
> Yes, my father and I used to use that place after
> hunting!
> (I was just about to post about it but you beat me
> to it...)
>
> I don't recall there being much of anything else
> in the area back then.
> This would have been the late 60s.


There was a ice place that someone had put a big "L" in front of

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Rod ()
Date: December 08, 2008 10:37AM

tubby Wrote:
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> Remember the old Tyson's Corner? Heck yeah,
>
> My uncle owned one of the dairy farms there and I
> spent many a summer helping him. I used to drive
> his old red-belly Ford tractor (model 8N) down to
> the store at "the corner" for a grape Nehi and a
> Moon Pie.
>
> This was around 1960.

Most 8N's were grey. I used to borrow Mr Guilford's Any remember Mr Guilford- this should be a whiole seperate thread.

Also I rember one time I went to a movi with a friend we were drinkking and came out and they were about about to put up the Xmas decorations at night when it was closed. Even though we were drunk and fairly unbelievable we said someone sent us to help. They took up a colection sent us on a beer run from which we never returned. Maybe we should of. I was just a young kid then. I guess we never returrned because we were afraid that they would disscover that no one had sent us.

There used to be this grormet store a block down near that now upscale
Department (Markus or something) that sold baklava that I used to go to.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Numbers ()
Date: December 08, 2008 11:21AM

"The Pits" was a brutal place for dirt biking. The paths consisted of lots of tiny rocks and little hills. If/when you wrecked, your legs and arms got shredded.

I had a birthday party at Farrels one year and I remember this massive amount of ice cream they put on the table. After that, we all went to the theatre to see the first Star Wars film.

Springfield used to be a pretty cool place.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: TC ()
Date: December 08, 2008 12:46PM

Birds R Us Wrote:
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> I remember the birds in the big cages. Even
> though I was a kid, I felt sorry for them. I
> guess, though, that it wasn't nearly as bad as
> being in a small cage.
>
> Also, there was a pizza place - more like a stand
> - that had the worst slices of pizza ever. They
> were gross!
>
> Also, there used to be fountains near Hecht's, and
> sometimes we'd reach in and take out some coins -
> I guess it was easy to do then because no one was
> looking. We would spend them at that toy store
> that had the joke things like disappearing ink and
> soap that turned your hands black.
>
> And whatever happened to Farrell's and the ice
> cream trough that was "fit for a pig"? Didn't you
> get some sort of prize if you could finish it?
> And they had those giant lollipops which I thought
> were the coolest things ever.


I remember the "fat trough" at Farrell's and also the "Volcano" with the sparklers coming out of the top. They would run around all over the restaurant with this stretcher thing that carried these two desserts to your table. Making all sort of calamaty--Joe's Crab Shack's predecessor. I can still remember the old layouts of Woodies and Hecht's and sometimes when I am there, I have flashbacks to the way the stores used to be set up. I remember Luciano's which is still there, I think and Raleigh's--my dad would spend hours there just looking at the ties. Also, Hahn's shoes, Seibt's Bakery, Frontier Fruit and Nut, the Hallmark store across from Hecht's. I remember Aviary Court because I was always worried I would get crapped on. The birds were kind of ugly--seems like they were just birds that had accidently flown into the mall, got caught by someone and then tossed into the cage. There also used to be a Giant on the back-123-side of the mall. Can't imagine anyone wanting to grocery shop there now or even then.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: tubby ()
Date: December 08, 2008 07:29PM

Rod Wrote:
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> Most 8N's were grey. I used to borrow Mr
> Guilford's Any remember Mr Guilford- this should
> be a whiole seperate thread.
>
> Also I rember one time I went to a movi with a
> friend we were drinkking and came out and they
> were about about to put up the Xmas decorations at
> night when it was closed. Even though we were
> drunk and fairly unbelievable we said someone sent
> us to help. They took up a colection sent us on a
> beer run from which we never returned. Maybe we
> should of. I was just a young kid then. I guess
> we never returrned because we were afraid that
> they would disscover that no one had sent us.
>
> There used to be this grormet store a block down
> near that now upscale
> Department (Markus or something) that sold baklava
> that I used to go to.

The sheet metal was gray....the engine, trans, and rear were red. That's why they call them "red belly".

I have restored a half dozen of them and own two at the present time.

Here is a GREAT site for the 8N:

http://home.att.net/~jmsmith45/47b.htm

If you love 8Ns (or 9Ns)....look at the whole site

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Maraschino ()
Date: December 08, 2008 07:30PM

Farrell's Is Fabulous Fun for Everyone

Look, they are making a come-back, sorta, maybe---

http://www.farrellsusa.com/Default.aspx

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: tubby ()
Date: December 08, 2008 07:35PM

PS: Hey Rod, if Mr Guilford's tractor was all gray...it was a 9N, not an 8N.

9Ns are older, having been introduced in 1939. The red belly 8Ns debuted in 1947.
They are basically the same machines though.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Radiophile ()
Date: December 08, 2008 08:17PM

The "coat rack" was removed and an underground gym was put in. The gym eventually became a Bally's and then shut down. There used to be blocked off stairs to it but I dont remember seeing then since the renovation.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: carole ()
Date: December 08, 2008 08:31PM

I remember going to those little movie theatres to see "Grease" and then to Orange Julis for one of those oragne slurpee things...

Remember the meat packing place had those cartoon characters - I think it was a pig and a cow dressed like butchers.

Does anyone remember a restaurant on 7 across the street from the Mall called "Bunky O'Neils"?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: carole ()
Date: December 08, 2008 08:32PM

Opps - it was not Grease it was Saturday Night Fever

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Bunky O'neils
Posted by: Kenan Lott ()
Date: June 11, 2009 04:05PM

I worked at Bunkey Oneils with Jay Walden, Chris Doden, Mary Mulvaney, Steve Herr and Mike Herr. I even dated the owner's neice, Lynne. It was a great time in my life. I miss my old friends whith whom I drank pitchers of beer at some pizza pub just north of 123 on rt 7.

The best Ribs in the D.C. Area.

Many fun times friving my VW Microbus at the pits too! Any of my old friends can reach me at kenan01@aol.com

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: § ()
Date: June 11, 2009 05:49PM

Or there's a better chance of success by using Facebook, Kenan.

By the way, you were great in "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka."
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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Warhawk ()
Date: June 11, 2009 06:29PM

TheMeeper Wrote:
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> Haha. I've lived in this neighborhood since 97
> and don't remember anything like a coat check at
> the mall. That must have been LONG ago, and it
> sounds funny. So do the birds

I think the coat check stopped in the late 80's. I can't remember.


>
> The oldest things I can remember about here are:
>
> - Some place called "Hot Shoppes" in the mall. It
> was like a cafeteria, and was always filled with
> elderly people. It closed around the time I first
> moved here.


That place was always full of old people and really busy for the dinner crowd between 3pm and 4pm. There was also and A&W restaurant up on the 2nd level too.

>
> - There was some sort of buffet place across 7
> where On The Border/Chili's is now. I think it
> was called "Easby's". And it was terrible!

Chesapeake Bay Seafood House used to be around there too waaaaay back in the day.


> - There was a Chic- Fil A tucked away up on the
> third floor of the Galleria. It was a weird food
> court, and always empty. It also had a decent
> Lebanese kebab place. I think its where
> Maggiano's is now.

Ate there a few times. Always deserted.


Also, that movie theater never carded for R movies. I can remember Tyson's BEFORE Tyson's II. I feel fucking old.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: WingNut ()
Date: June 11, 2009 07:09PM

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Rod ()
Date: June 12, 2009 11:40PM

Well.....do any remember the "Crystal Pistol? What a truly diverse place Tysons Corner used to be!

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: way back ()
Date: June 14, 2009 01:30AM

That downstairs gym was "Holiday Spas" before it was Bally's, and the pizza place was "Shakey's." They used to show Laurel and Hardy movies some nights.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Adam ()
Date: June 14, 2009 12:21PM

Awesome reading the posts, i am young, and can only remember tysons back to when Burger King was there.

I use to work security at Tysons, I had no idea Avery Court had birds in them, i always wonder why we called it that.

I've noticed some abandoned elevators, blocked off walls, creepy basements walking around the Tyson's corridors.

Between chipotle and Macy's there is a corridor that will lead you to a basement. when i was working it was mostly for storing old paper work, but it was massive. I mean you could fit maybe 500 people in there. I remember there use to be a room in that basement that was always flooded with water, like at least 3-4 inches on the ground. I would say it's at least 1-2 levels below the 1st level mall. I think some hallways went even deeper then that.

Can anyone find old pictures of tysons/tysons area?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Adam ()
Date: June 14, 2009 12:33PM

Also found this thread about the old tysons.

http://www.groceteria.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=1980

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Adam ()
Date: June 14, 2009 12:36PM

It would seem this site has some, but costs some money

http://www.norvapics.com/index.html

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: veggie ()
Date: June 14, 2009 07:54PM

We used to shop at Tysons all the time. It opended in 1968 and at that time, it was the largest mall on the East Coast. For us, Tysons replaced Seven Corners in Falls Church. All the stores were inside and you didn't have to walk outside like at Seven Corners. I remember Castro Convertibles, a furniture store that had sofas with zebra and tiger prints (very cool to a 9 year old), and Donuts Galore - although we called it Donuts Calorie becuase to us, the Galore looked like "calorie" in the bright orange lights. My mom made an appointment to have our portraits drawn by an "artist" who set up shop in the Avery Court in 1969. In the late '70s, I got a part time job at Georgetown Cotton. The manager was Doris and she was about 60 who dressed like a hippie. I used to see rats scurring in the parking lot towards the mall at dusk. They were pretty big. It's amazing how much it has changed but I'm sure the rats have not!

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: NegativeDreamStealer ()
Date: June 14, 2009 08:56PM

What an interesting thread. I was five when the mall opened. It was state-of-the-art. The aviary court, if I remember correctly, had floor-to-ceiling cages and an exotic jungle atmosphere. There always was a multi-screen movie theater (when multiplexes were unusual) - two at one point, actually, one upstairs and then the Roth's downstairs. My siblings and I saw "Jaws" and other first-run releases there. My big sister took me to Farrell's now and then for a hot-fudge sundae. The Winston's restaurant was downstairs also, near the Roth's, with exposed-brick walls and flowers stuck in Perrier bottles on each table - too hip. Around 1980 the mall still had a fabric store as well as an electric piano store, the latter featuring at all times a dude in a three-piece polyester suit (generally beige and always with flare pants) boogying while playing a demo keyboard. Right on.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: 703Traci ()
Date: June 04, 2010 01:59PM

No activity for almost a year! I just stumbled across this looking for Chic-fil-A. LOL.... Ah the memories of Tyson's! I remember going to Bunky O'Neils. I loved the spaghetti at that place. This is a stretch does anyone remember the place called Burger Chef and Jeff? It was where the vitamin shop is now next to 7-11 on old Gallows road. As a kid I loved that place too.

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Date: June 04, 2010 02:13PM

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: homer mcneil ()
Date: June 04, 2010 04:33PM

I went to tysons corner mall last week and except for restuarants near barnes and noble i was one of the few white people i saw
to beat a dead horse

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Old Arcade ()
Date: June 04, 2010 06:45PM

I miss the old arcade that was at Tysons I.

Does anyone know what an arcade is nowadays?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: wtfno ()
Date: June 04, 2010 06:48PM

Old Arcade Wrote:
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> I miss the old arcade that was at Tysons I.
>
> Does anyone know what an arcade is nowadays?

You mean Tilt? Or an arcade way back when?

Tilt used to be by Banana Republic. I heard it slowly because the place of choice to conduct various 'trades.'

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Eastsider ()
Date: June 04, 2010 07:00PM

I don't recall an arcade before Tilt, but the 4-screen theater by Farrell's and the bigger theater downstairs, in the Lord & Taylor wing both had coin-op games.

Anyone remember Spencer's gifts? I used to walk around that store as a kid, pretending to be interested in other junk, just so I could steal glances at the "over 18" smutty-gift section.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: wtfno ()
Date: June 04, 2010 07:04PM

Eastsider Wrote:
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> Anyone remember Spencer's gifts? I used to walk
> around that store as a kid, pretending to be
> interested in other junk, just so I could steal
> glances at the "over 18" smutty-gift section.

Spencer's used to be right by the escalators by the old food court.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Taylor ()
Date: June 07, 2010 09:13AM

There was sn article in the WaPo a month or two ago that said they've turned some of the now empty theater rooms on the lowest level into indoor batting cages. Sounds like a good way to use the space. Apparently they've just been sitting empty and vacant for the last 20 years since the theater closed down.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: shuckinchuck ()
Date: June 07, 2010 08:17PM

Birds R Us Wrote:
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> Also, there used to be fountains near Hecht's, and
> sometimes we'd reach in and take out some coins -
> I guess it was easy to do then because no one was
> looking. We would spend them at that toy store
> that had the joke things like disappearing ink and
> soap that turned your hands black.

Spencer's Gifts.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: June 07, 2010 08:40PM

Taylor Wrote:
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> There was sn article in the WaPo a month or two
> ago that said they've turned some of the now empty
> theater rooms on the lowest level into indoor
> batting cages. Sounds like a good way to use the
> space. Apparently they've just been sitting empty
> and vacant for the last 20 years since the theater
> closed down.


Where are you talking about?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: robonscanner ()
Date: June 07, 2010 09:52PM

I know this is not so related. I did worked at the Evans Inn. I was one of the few chefs that worked there. Waiters use to make 300.00 per night. Buss boys made a bit over 100.00 per night shift. The food was great. We could spend any amount of money on good ingredients. For the ones the remember it looked like a country club. Any one could go and eat there. Expected to spend at least 60.0 per person. We had dumb waiters for the dirty dishes and for the food as well. We had the biggest automatic dish washer machine I'd ever seen. This washes machine took 4 Mexicans to operate it on a full shift. The drop area was like a factory. The main kitchen was just like hells kitchen. If you said the wrong comment or attitude you were gone. One time a waiter put a piece of fry on his mouth as one hand was on my cutting board. I went down with my Japanese cleaver as fas as I could and he removed his hand really fast.
I would had those fingers cut and run them down the food disposer and some Ice after that. Just to clean the disposer blades. Thats how we were back in the 80's

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: robonscanner ()
Date: June 07, 2010 09:52PM

I know this is not so related. I did worked at the Evans farm Inn. I was one of the few chefs that worked there. Waiters use to make 300.00 per night. Buss boys made a bit over 100.00 per night shift. The food was great. We could spend any amount of money on good ingredients. For the ones the remember it looked like a country club. Any one could go and eat there. Expected to spend at least 60.0 per person. We had dumb waiters for the dirty dishes and for the food as well. We had the biggest automatic dish washer machine I'd ever seen. This washes machine took 4 Mexicans to operate it on a full shift. The drop area was like a factory. The main kitchen was just like hells kitchen. If you said the wrong comment or attitude you were gone. One time a waiter put a piece of fry on his mouth as one hand was on my cutting board. I went down with my Japanese cleaver as fas as I could and he removed his hand really fast.
I would had those fingers cut and run them down the food disposer and some Ice after that. Just to clean the disposer blades. Thats how we were back in the 80's

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: June 07, 2010 10:23PM

TheMeeper Wrote:
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> Taylor Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > There was sn article in the WaPo a month or two
> > ago that said they've turned some of the now
> empty
> > theater rooms on the lowest level into indoor
> > batting cages. Sounds like a good way to use
> the
> > space. Apparently they've just been sitting
> empty
> > and vacant for the last 20 years since the
> theater
> > closed down.
>
>
> Where are you talking about?




http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/06/AR2009120602193.html

I saw this article and couldn't believe there was that much unused space in the mall. Plus, with as popular as Tyson's has been, it's strange that another theater didn't come along until AMC.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Tysons Kids ()
Date: June 08, 2010 10:29AM

Castro Convertibles - it was cool to a kid because there was room after room of chairs that went straight back, sort of like the way a tunnel does.

Spencers - ha ha. What a great place for a kid to sneak around in and try to be cool. Isn't there one at Springfield Mall?

That electric organ store - you could go in and play on the organs - always a fun thing for a kid to do. And yes, the polyester jester.

I rarely go to Tysons now - it sucks (due to traffic and crowding).

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: June 08, 2010 10:57AM

eesh Wrote:
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>
> I saw this article and couldn't believe there was
> that much unused space in the mall. Plus, with as
> popular as Tyson's has been, it's strange that
> another theater didn't come along until AMC.

There's an escalator going down to the lower level near Bloomingdale's, I think there's some kind of cosmetology school down there now, and I think it was a health club, Gold's maybe(?), back in the late 90s.

I think theaters stayed away from the mall for so long because there was a theater complex right across 7 from the mall in Fairfax Square (next to On The Border). Those theaters closed a few months after the AMC opened in the new mall annex.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: June 08, 2010 01:36PM

TheMeeper Wrote:
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> eesh Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> >
> > I saw this article and couldn't believe there
> was
> > that much unused space in the mall. Plus, with
> as
> > popular as Tyson's has been, it's strange that
> > another theater didn't come along until AMC.
>
> There's an escalator going down to the lower level
> near Bloomingdale's, I think there's some kind of
> cosmetology school down there now, and I think it
> was a health club, Gold's maybe(?), back in the
> late 90s.

>



That would be cool to have a Gold's in the mall. The one near Night Dreams is really rinky-dink for this area.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: mamacox ()
Date: July 20, 2010 06:16PM

there was a little restaurant under the escalators that led to the movie theaters. not the magic pan, not winstons ~ they served french food...croque monsieurs (sp?), french onion soup and perrier. i can not remember the name of it and really don't care to - i just want one person to tell me that they remember it! this was early 80's! help a sista out please!

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Bubba ()
Date: July 25, 2010 02:21PM

Everyone keeps referring to the Avery Court. Its actual name was Aviary Court (hence the bird cages). When the mall first opened there were three courses: The Aviary Court, where they had the bird cages; The Fountain Court (where the had the fountains that someone else referred to); and the Fashion Court where they actually had these circular platforms that could be used as stages. Back in the early/mid 70's they used to sometimes have concerts in the Fashion Court area. Does anyone remember the Conti Family? I guess that they were the Italian Osmonds.

As for the movie theaters, the only theater in the original mall when it first opened was Tysons II, which was downstairs below Farrells ice cream parlor. It was a 2 screen theater. The Roth's theaters on the back side of the mall by the old H.A. Winstons restaurant, had 8 screens and opened in sometime in the 70s.

And the original health club in the mall was European Health Spa. I'm not sure what replaced it.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Scottyd ()
Date: July 27, 2010 12:50PM

The Patio.com store was a Roy Rogers. I remember the birds but not the coat rack. There also was a K-mart across rt 7 where Tiffany's is now.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: hunky-doo ()
Date: July 27, 2010 11:04PM

homer mcneil Wrote:
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> I went to tysons corner mall last week and except
> for restuarants near barnes and noble i was one of
> the few white people i saw
> to beat a dead horse

Wait until Metro gets there in a few years. You will be the only hunky there.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Kay ()
Date: August 07, 2010 03:10AM

Tyson's Corner Mall was a big part of my childhood in the 1960s and 1970s. It's been wonderful reading the comments about the old mall. My mother used to take me to Seibt's bakery when I was small, and I always got a big pastry with an orange drink in a narrow glass with what may have been a coffee stirrer as a straw. I loved looking at the birds in the tall cages in Aviary court, though most of them seemed to be on the ground rather than flying. I vaguely recall looking for the peacock or two in the cages. I also looked at the toys in FAO Schwartz, though I never bought anything there and went across the hall to Woolworth's to buy trinkets. My parents often bought clothing in Hecht's, often at the bargain basement. Woodworth and Lothrop (Woodies) was higher end, and we didn't go there quite as often. Bloomingdales was added onto the mall near Woolworth's and was a new experience in department stores because it had an extensive food section. I think Farrell's was off of the Aviary Court. The ice cream was great; the other food not so much. There was a great bead shop around the corner from Farrell's where friends and I would buy and trade beads. It seems odd to me now that we didn't try to make jewelry or anything out of the beads. There was a restaurant in the basement of Hecht's which is the only place I've ever eaten escargot. A crepe shop (Magic Pan?) was in the disappointing lower level which, as others have noted, was primarily the truck delivery area.

We occasionally visited other malls, too, but Tysons was special. Also, it was completely indoors unlike Parkington (Ballston Common) and Seven Corners where you had to walk outdoors to go across to other stores. Plus, Tysons was the closest mall to my home.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Whobe ()
Date: August 07, 2010 10:20AM

Parkington! and Putt Putt golf, damn that was a long time ago!

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Sooze ()
Date: September 14, 2010 03:19PM

It was called Le Mistral. We used to go and drink there after work from Roth's Tysons 5 Theatres.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Kardinal ()
Date: September 14, 2010 03:57PM

I'm loving this thread. Thanks for sharing all your memories! I grew up in Arlington so I have little knowledge of old Tysons Corner mall. I wish I could see what it's like underneath Tysons.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Client 9 ()
Date: September 14, 2010 05:24PM

Kay Wrote:
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> Tyson's Corner Mall was a big part of my childhood
> in the 1960s and 1970s. It's been wonderful
> reading the comments about the old mall. My
> mother used to take me to Seibt's bakery when I
> was small, and I always got a big pastry with an
> orange drink in a narrow glass with what may have
> been a coffee stirrer as a straw. I loved looking
> at the birds in the tall cages in Aviary court,
> though most of them seemed to be on the ground
> rather than flying. I vaguely recall looking for
> the peacock or two in the cages. I also looked at
> the toys in FAO Schwartz, though I never bought
> anything there and went across the hall to
> Woolworth's to buy trinkets. My parents often
> bought clothing in Hecht's, often at the bargain
> basement. Woodworth and Lothrop (Woodies) was
> higher end, and we didn't go there quite as often.
> Bloomingdales was added onto the mall near
> Woolworth's and was a new experience in department
> stores because it had an extensive food section.
> I think Farrell's was off of the Aviary Court.
> The ice cream was great; the other food not so
> much. There was a great bead shop around the
> corner from Farrell's where friends and I would
> buy and trade beads. It seems odd to me now that
> we didn't try to make jewelry or anything out of
> the beads. There was a restaurant in the basement
> of Hecht's which is the only place I've ever eaten
> escargot. A crepe shop (Magic Pan?) was in the
> disappointing lower level which, as others have
> noted, was primarily the truck delivery area.
>
> We occasionally visited other malls, too, but
> Tysons was special. Also, it was completely
> indoors unlike Parkington (Ballston Common) and
> Seven Corners where you had to walk outdoors to go
> across to other stores. Plus, Tysons was the
> closest mall to my home.


If I recall, Bloomingdales took over the Lansburgh Department store space.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: old timer! ()
Date: September 14, 2010 07:47PM

I am such a old fart I remember when me and my friends rode dirt bikes and home build dune buggies just about where tysons 2 is. It was called the pit. Also did a lot of hunting just west of tysons about where the toll road is. Damn it brings back some good memories. I wish you young bucks could have seen it back in the day. You could also catch brook trout in the creek behind the elementary school on magarity road now the creek smells like raw sewage and not a thing besides bacteria can live in it.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: September 14, 2010 07:55PM

old timer! Wrote:
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> behind the elementary school on magarity road now
> the creek smells like raw sewage and not a thing
> besides bacteria can live in it.

LOL, I walked down to that creek behind Westgate ES a few months ago. It didn't smell like sewage, but I did smell something weird and when I looked down, it was a dead snake covered with hornets. It sorta freaked me out so I got outta there.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Nova_lifer ()
Date: September 15, 2010 05:21AM

Fess Parker (aka Daniel Boone) - In the old movie theaters my Dad took us to a Marriott stockholders meeting, probably around 1971, and Fess Parker spoke, either as a major stockholder, board member or both. A few years before that I was carrying a Fess Parker lunch box to school (saw it on ebay recently).

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: The Pits ()
Date: September 15, 2010 09:37AM

I remember the Pits it was a great place for my mom to get rid of the kids for the afternoon & if your bike breaks/Master link ride over to Cycle Sport near the butcher to get it fixed but think it's an MVC porn store now ......

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Date: September 15, 2010 04:17PM

Numbers Wrote:
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> "The Pits" was a brutal place for dirt biking. The
> paths consisted of lots of tiny rocks and little
> hills. If/when you wrecked, your legs and arms got
> shredded.

I lived in Fairfax City during the early/mid 70's and learned to ride a motorcycle there. I haven't heard that name, "The Pits" since then. Borrowed a friend's monster 750 Yamaha pure dirt bike and crashed a lot as it would fly out from under me when I attempted the hills.

Jester Wrote:
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> I remember there was a meat packing place on the
> corner by RT 7 and 123. People would bring their
> deer kills in to get them packaged for Winter.

There was also a motorcycle store, (I believe it was a Yamaha place?) on the 123 hill where it went over Rt 7. Not much else there at the time. I'm not talking about the Harley place that came much later on Rt 7, that later became a Herman's sports stuff store.

I miss the Tysons Shakey's Pizza and their lunch time buffet. My whole office would go there. The place was always packed.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Date: September 15, 2010 05:53PM

dingo ate your baby Wrote:
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> There was also a motorcycle store, (I believe it
> was a Yamaha place?) on the 123 hill where it went
> over Rt 7.

The Pits Wrote:
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> I remember the Pits it was a great place for my
> mom to get rid of the kids for the afternoon & if
> your bike breaks/Master link ride over to Cycle
> Sport near the butcher to get it fixed but think
> it's an MVC porn store now ......

Cycle Sport - that's it :)

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: The Pits ()
Date: September 16, 2010 02:29PM

I do miss Shakey's great place even if it did have warm beer ......

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Lurker01 ()
Date: September 22, 2010 07:04AM

There was a Giant Food in the spot the eventually became Circuit City.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Bill ()
Date: September 22, 2010 11:08AM

I remember that early on the mall had a pretzel place near Hechts. It was where my brother and I first had warm pretzels. To this day I don't understand the mustard thing though.

My oldest memory though predates the mall. On the north side of 7 near the 123 overpass there used to be a vet's office that we took our dogs to when I was a kid. I have no idea when they closed, but I believe one of the vets was named Dr. Burns.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: ITRADE ()
Date: September 22, 2010 11:17AM

Its now a MVC...

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Putt Putt!
Posted by: memorylane ()
Date: September 25, 2010 10:11PM

The Putt Putt mini-golf course near Ballston Common Mall closed in 1988; I went with some friends to play a week or two before it closed, to get one last game in.

Does anyone remember the Keyhole Inn in Clarendon?

Living here the last 20-25 years you can see development changing everything literally before your eyes in short spans of time, and it's waves of development and redevelopment one after the other. Good example is the whole orange line corridor Ballston/Virginia Square/Clarendon/Courthouse stops.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Sang in Fashing Court ()
Date: September 25, 2010 11:50PM

Fashion Court where they actually had these
circular platforms that could be used as stages.

In the mid seventies, my sixth grade chorus group from Keene Mill ES got to perform in the Fashion Court. We wore maxi skirts,white blouse with a scarf. I got to wear my favorite pair of 'platform' shoes.

Afterwards, we ate at the Magic Pan. There weren't too many stores in the 70s.

Wasn't there a song/ jingle that had all the names of the stores at Tyson's?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: ViennaGirl ()
Date: October 03, 2010 11:52PM

Stumbled accross this site this evening as I googled "Bunky O'neils" wondering if anything would come up. I loved ribs even as a kid so I still think of it.Thanks for all the great Tysons memories. I remember Aviary court: the birds squawking and scaring me as a little kid. They were near Walden Books where I would get my Nancy Drew Mysteries.

Loved the reminiscing about Spencer's gifts.
I remember the hot pretzel place.
My family loved to go to Hot Shoppes.
Loved Farrell's and the movies next door. I saw "Raiders of the Lost Ark" there.
Loved Woolworth's. I remember the fountains outside of Hecht's and the makeup place Rainbow on the corner.

My mom belonged to Holiday Health Spa near Bloomies. It later became Bally's. I don't remember the coat racks.

I remember the organ place, The Limited, Raleighs, the GAP, and the place that sold all the Guinne Sax, prom dresses, and Etienne Aigner stuff. Wish I could remember the name.

I remember Roth theatres.

Does anyone remember upstairs, down a corridor, a place called Soup 'r' Sandwich? They had the best french onion soup!

There was also an ice cream place down another corridor.

The meat place people are thinking of on rt 7 was Gaddell's meat locker. They owned all that land I think and sold part of it to make Tysons 2.

Haven't been back to Tyson's in years, but boy was it something back in the day.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: McLean Oldtimer ()
Date: October 07, 2010 10:15AM

It's funny to think about Tysons being the shithole and Seven Corners was "the place" to shop if you wanted something nice. Wow times have changed. Seven Corners had Garfinckel's, Woodies, Lord and Taylor. Tyson's had stained carpet, smoke and bird shit.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Joe B. ()
Date: October 07, 2010 09:06PM

Vienna Girl. Amen to Soup R'Sandwich and the French onion soup! Awesome! Seven Corners had S&W Caf -- man I loved that roast beef!

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: curious ()
Date: October 08, 2010 08:14PM

I saw this on the FX County web site-
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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Mike ()
Date: October 08, 2010 10:41PM

ViennaGirl wrote:

"The meat place people are thinking of on rt 7 was Gaddell's meat locker. They owned all that land I think and sold part of it to make Tysons 2."

While the Gaddell family owned this place (I went to school with a couple of them), the actual name of the business was Tyson's Locker Plant.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: WTW74 ()
Date: October 11, 2010 06:21PM

S and W cafeteria had delicious cream cheese and date sandwiches on a dark bread.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: WTW74 ()
Date: October 11, 2010 06:23PM

S and W was at Seven Corners...not Tysons...

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Spacy ()
Date: October 12, 2010 09:17AM

Mike Wrote:
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> ViennaGirl wrote:
>
> "The meat place people are thinking of on rt 7 was
> Gaddell's meat locker. They owned all that land I
> think and sold part of it to make Tysons 2."
>
> While the Gaddell family owned this place (I went
> to school with a couple of them), the actual name
> of the business was Tyson's Locker Plant.

We used to bring our deer there, coming back from hunting.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: walker ()
Date: October 12, 2010 04:48PM

WTW74 Wrote:
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> S and W cafeteria had delicious cream cheese and
> date sandwiches on a dark bread.


That sounds absolutely disgusting. I liked their vegetable soup.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: shuckinchuck ()
Date: October 13, 2010 07:41AM

And then there was Morrisons Cafeteria, a slightly downscale establishment on the Lord and Taylor wing. Served chicken mostly. Did not stay long.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: WingNut ()
Date: October 13, 2010 08:49AM

ViennaGirl Wrote:
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> The meat place people are thinking of on rt 7 was
> Gaddell's meat locker. They owned all that land I
> think and sold part of it to make Tysons 2.


I reember going to that butcher shop when I was a real small fry. There used to be a guy with one arm working there and I always thought he sliced it off while cutting meat.

There was a sporting goods store nearby too, can't remember the chains name.


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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: yDbGK ()
Date: October 15, 2010 09:23PM

boss boy at Evans Farm.
I used to make 100 a night. That was good money for a complete idiot.
They had 4 mexican dishwashers and dumb waiters bringing dirty dishes. I was like a food factory. That shit never stoped.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: c ()
Date: October 15, 2010 09:38PM

The Pits Wrote:
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> I do miss Shakey's great place even if it did have
> warm beer ......


I remember the old kids movies, Laurel and Hardy and was it Buster
Crab fighting the forces in outer space of evil. Ming? Yet it was all redone in in Star Wars. Ya Shakey and thier thin pizza and pitchers of beer.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Bo ()
Date: October 25, 2010 07:37AM

The sporting good's store could've been either Irving's or Herman's [We Know Sports].

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Cathy ()
Date: November 29, 2010 02:40AM

The Herman's slogan was "we are sports," not "we know sports." (I will spare you the rest of the jingle!)

The shop that sold Gunne Sax and other prom-style dresses was David's Village Shops. That was one of my favorite stores in the mall - something to wear for every occasion. When I was a little younger my favorite shop was Beyda's.

Someone said they thought Bloomingdale's took over the old Lansburgh space. That could be partly true, but I distinctly recall the construction of the Bloomingdale's as an addition to the mall. I suppose it could have subsumed the Lansburgh's footprint, but I no longer recall exactly where Lansburgh's was.

Someone in an earlier post mentioned the Giant across the parking lot and said they couldn't imagine anyone shopping there, but that's where I always stopped to pick up groceries on the way home from my evening job at Woodies. The Giant space was also an El Torito restaurant at some point.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Erica ()
Date: December 08, 2010 07:22PM

Had conversation today with old friends trying to remember some of the names in the old Tysons Mall. Anyone remember the leather shop next to Hechts? I remember they sold leather purses and jackets and jewelry and hippy stuff. Was it Harvest Moon?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All ()
Date: December 09, 2010 06:13PM

The sporting goods store that was in the original Tyson's Corner mall was Irving's Sporting Goods. Herman's Atlas was out on Route 7, west of the mall, in the building currently occupied by Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: . Know-it-All ()
Date: December 09, 2010 06:29PM

Re: the building now occupied by Bed, Bath and Beyond referenced above ^^^: this was originally built as a Safeway - a well-known ,modernist design that was known for its arched roof line (and exposed beams inside) and SAFEWAY letters spelled out over the main windows.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: 1982 ()
Date: December 09, 2010 07:15PM

Way back back when my parents would let us take the BUS from Falls Church and shop at Tysons. Yikes! We would spend hours at the mall with $25.00. I would never let my daughter do this now. She is 13. So sad how times have changed.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: shuckinchuck ()
Date: December 12, 2010 03:25PM

There was Wilson's Leather, but it was further down the leg leading to Bloomingdale's. Not a very "Tysons" cutie name.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Birdman ()
Date: December 15, 2010 09:34AM

I actually worked for Tyson's Corner Shopping Center in the early 70's.Part of my job was to clean the bird cages and feed the birds. My favorites were the parrots. They would sit on my shoulder as I cleaned and eat sunflower seed from my hand.We eventually had 13 parakeetsthat we caught in the mall that had escaped from Woolworth's.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Mclean '91 ()
Date: December 15, 2010 08:48PM

The old Tyson's 1 before Tyson's 2 was ever around...during the 80's was awesome. The Farrells ice cream next to the movie theater where you had to go downstairs to get to with the 4 theaters, also had the 8 theater Roth movie theater when you came into the mall. The water fountain (wishing well was awesome to). That was the best mall to grow up around....its not close to what it used to be!

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: desertrise ()
Date: December 26, 2010 10:08PM

i miss the old tysons

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: sue ()
Date: January 27, 2011 12:17AM

Georgetown Leather was the shop I bought purses in from the late 60's until the mall got so crowded and changed. I don't think they are in business anymore. I don't recall where in the mall they were. But I sure do miss my good leather purses.

Lansburghs faced Route 7 more or less where Bloomingdales is now. K-Mart and Chesapeake Bay Seafood house were across 7 from it.

I too learned to ride at the Pits. My husband lived off of Old Courthouse Road from 1951 until 1977. We laugh now when we go thru there and get lost on some of the new roads and he says "I grew up here, I can't be lost."

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: esquire ()
Date: February 23, 2011 10:00AM

Spent most every weekend from '86 to '97 there before leaving for college. Get there after lunch, start at Bloomingdales, end up at Woodies, hit up Hot Shoppes for dinner (fried chicken or french dip + dinner roll [extra butter 5 cents] + mashed potatoes + spinach + jello). Can't forget the jello. Always wondered why the faux windows on the far side didn't open up to the outside world.

To the immediate left of Bloomingdale's (right before the FAO Schwartz) was a Hello Kitty store. My sister was a huge Hello Kitty fan and would visit the store often; I recall tolerating the experience.

Sometime in the early-mid 90s there was a museum/naturist store on the 1st floor (across from Brentano's, the green-fronted bookstore). In the back they had free herbal tea samples that I would horde because I was a broke teenager.

Tilt was the place...if only I could go back and invest all those quarters I lost on Street Fighter, Terminator 2 arcade, X-Men, and Mortal Kombat. (Not to mention all the money that went to Babbage's.)

The only movie I recall watching there (that is, by the time the theater moved to the back end, by Lord & Taylor) was "Sister Act."

Went to the mall last weekend (parked at Bloomingdale's, as usual). Times have changed.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: kings parker ()
Date: February 23, 2011 10:12AM

Rember Lums resturaunt in the back. Great place to pound beers and smoke cigs while you were waiting on your girlfriend to shop. Then you could drive home totally drunk. Late 70s early 80s drunk driving was no big deal.
It was fun Im just glad I never killed anyone.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Cheech ()
Date: February 23, 2011 10:59AM

I used to work at that kitchen store with the head shop back in the 70's. It was called "World Imports" and was across from Woolworths. The head shop was in the back of the store, separated from the main store by a beaded curtain and was lit entirely with black lights. The stockboys (or tokeboys) did double duty, manning the head shop and retrieving sets of Mikasa dishware from the stockroom below the store.

The stockroom was off the aforementioned rat-infested tunnel. It was pretty nasty down there. Not sure how long the head shop lasted. At best, it broke even as shoplifting was rampant. Not to mention pilfering. I still have a meerschaum pipe around here somewhere.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Phileas Fogg ()
Date: February 23, 2011 06:34PM

Lums!!! Thanks for the reminder about that place. Older siblings used to hang there and talk about it. I remember the entrance to that place while shopping for husky-sized slacks between Woodies and Hechts with my Mom. Yeah, I'm still husky XL-size... Unfortunately, Tyson's Hot Shoppes had something to do with that...

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Azn703 ()
Date: February 26, 2011 02:10AM

Great seeing this thread, brings back a ton of memories. I grew up going to Tyson's in the 80s and 90s. I remember the arcade in Woolworth that took up almost an entire aisle. I also recall the burger king attached to Woolworth and a Roy Rogers right across from Burger King.

There was a popular Sanrio Store that sold Hello Kitty and merchandise from other Sanrio characters. There was also a Vie de France bakery right where the Pizza Hut/KFC combo restaurant used to be on the bottom floor. And i believe where Forever 21 currently is used to be a Rainforest Cafe...

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Chorus group singer ()
Date: February 26, 2011 11:52AM

One of my favorite memories was the year my chorus group from Elementary school got to sing outside of Hects on the circular platform. It was in 1974; our Mom's sewed us matching purple Maxi skirts and scarfs. Later the fashion merchandising classes from local high schools would get to have fashion shows.

Memories of the Old Tyson's corner mall are the best.


I loved the Avery Court.
Birdman, do you have any pics from the days you worked there?


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> I actually worked for Tyson's Corner Shopping
> Center in the early 70's.Part of my job was to
> clean the bird cages and feed the birds.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Marshall High 1971 ()
Date: March 06, 2011 05:36PM

The "bird cage" coat racks had a pole running down to the loading docks. I remember shimming down with a bunch of other Marshall deliquents, running around the loading docks trying to not get caught. Went up some stairs and came out a door in Castros Convertables. Kind of fun when you were a dumb 16 year old.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: More old Tyson's stores I miss ()
Date: March 06, 2011 11:32PM

Woodies (I worked there as a teen and always loved that store)

Garfinkels (another great department store)

Crabtree & Evelyn (loved all the scents)

The Limited (very popular with teens in the 80s)

Spencers (I loved things with Ziggy cartoon images as a kid)

More recently: Talbot's for Kids

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: waza ()
Date: March 22, 2011 10:28AM

Summers! still one in arlington, where all the brits go for televised soccer games.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: March 22, 2011 10:39AM

The arcade at Peoples!!!

The Hot Shoppes!!!

The Burger King attached to the Woolworths!!

Giant in the Parking Lot!!

FARRELLS ICE CREAM!!!!!

good times, good times

to whoever asked before, the Patio.Com used to be a Roy Rogers. What's funny is that the McDonlands across the street ALSO used to be a Roy Rogers. Before that, it was a Hardee's. When Roy Rogers bought Hardees in this region, THAT was the begiining of their initial downfall - they TOTALLY glutted the market and ended up going out of business. Sad cause they still have some of the best burgers in town - I hope the new owners are able to branch out more :)

Anywho, BONUS POINTS TIME!

Can anybody name the ORIGINAL SEVEN COURTS of the original Tysons Corner? Each of the seven entraces was named "?????????? Court"
(hint 1 - there was no Food Court. hint 2 - the birds had their own court)

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Whobe ()
Date: March 22, 2011 02:10PM

Who wanted to know when the new Roy's was open? The one across from PW Hospital is now open!

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Mullen ()
Date: March 22, 2011 06:51PM

SEVEN Courts.. Can only recall; Fashion and Fountain Courts. Also, Aviary Court for the birds in the middle somewhere in the mall and apparently not one of the Seven Entrance Courts. Curious and look forward to an update for all Seven Entry Courts to jog the memory.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: March 22, 2011 10:07PM

my bad! I'm including Aviary Court! But you are right - it wasnt an entrance so yeah, only 6 entrance courts.

you win +2 internets PLUS one BONUS internets LoLz
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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: OldtimeResident ()
Date: March 22, 2011 11:07PM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:

>
> to whoever asked before, the Patio.Com used to be
> a Roy Rogers. What's funny is that the McDonlands
> across the street ALSO used to be a Roy Rogers.
> Before that, it was a Hardee's. When Roy Rogers
> bought Hardees in this region, THAT was the
> begiining of their initial downfall - they TOTALLY
> glutted the market and ended up going out of
> business.
Actually it's the other way around - Hardees bought Roy Rogers from Marriott and tried to convert all the Roys to Hardees. People preferred the Roy Rogers menu and let Hardees know by voting with their feet causing business to drop to zero. Hardees then revived the brand and converted most of the Hardees back to Roy Rogers. In the 90's Hardees sold the Roy Rogers division to McDonalds who promptly closed all the Roys and either tore them down, converted them to McDonalds or sold off the properties.

The group of Roys that's left now is because one of the large franchise owners
sued to not be included in the McDonald's sale. They negotiated a deal to buy the Roy Rogers brand and go independent, thus we still have Roy Rogers.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: March 23, 2011 11:28PM

thanks for the school, Oldtime - man, my old brain is rotting from all the lack of good burger meat LoLz

when I went out west, I was VERY suprised to see the smiling Hardees star on a brand called Carl's Jr, which if semi-popular out there

no hot dogs, but they do have the Hot Ham and Cheese :)


just went to the Mt Vernon Roys on Sunday - first time in a decade in a hald I had a Gold Rush Chicken sandwich and mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm



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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: pwb ()
Date: June 22, 2011 06:12PM

We used to go to Tysons Corner from MD; it was a big deal. You (thought) you needed to plan ahead and 'pack a lunch' because we 'were going to VA'! I rememebr when Tysons Corner Center opened - I was about 6/7. There were no basemement level stores (Raleigh's and maybe Castros had a lower level). They took out the truck delivery ramps and loading docks down there when they added the whole lower level of stores to the mall in the 80's; they also raised the roof then and added skylights everywhere. Originally there was the 'Pot-of-Gold' cafeteria style on the Fountain Court next to Hecht's. Woodies & Hecht's each had their own restaurants - which weren't bad. And Woodies, for awhile, even had a snack bar at their entrance facing rt 123. When Landsburghs went bankrupt ~'76?, Bloomingdale's took over the space - and actually changed very little (those are the original escalators) and the exterior didn't change a bit - other than I think they took out a garden center - which may now be the Red Door Salon. Hecht's had an auto center in their parking lot. Holiday Spa was below the Bloomingdale's (that's why Bloomingdales doesn't have a basement (all the bedding & towels in Bloomingdates are below the mall and not the store). I remember the coat check; it was below the entrance that now leads to Nordstroms (about where you can still go to the office building/mall management offices), in front of an elaborate fronted Chinese restaurant at the court entrance. At the time Bloomingdales was coming, Hecht's and Woodies added an additional top floor - Hecht's had already planned for it so the exterior looked the same - but they added new esclators right in the middle of the huge rotunda they raised up a whole level. Woodies matched the exterior brick (very well) and added a whole new top level (and moved their kitchenware, housewatres & restaurant up there. The Magic Pan restaurant was a favorite! ...Green pea soup - sounds and tastes so much better in french(!) and the orange-almond salad was tres chic(!). There was also a small Garfinkel's dept store and a Jellefs. The only store's in their orginal opening locations are Hechts/Macy's, Landsburgs/Bloomingdates and the Pizza place (now near Lord and Taylor - upper level) - which was partly inside the mall and had an exterior entrance and serving window. Virtually everything else has changed - many times over. Cheers,

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 22, 2011 06:24PM

can anybody name ALL SEVEN original "courts" of Tysons?

There was Clock, Fashion, and Aviary - but I dont remember the rest.................

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 22, 2011 06:24PM

and no, "Food" wasnt one of them

LoLz

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: pwb ()
Date: June 24, 2011 05:39PM

The court in front of Hecht's/Macy's was the Fountain Court.
I don't recall the name nor the 'feature' in front of Landsburg's/Bloomindales.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: DonnieDarko ()
Date: October 12, 2011 11:21AM

Wow...this thread brought back some memories.
Not much to add, I was born in 75 so I just barely recall the look of the early Tyson's. I remember 2 businesses near the Meat Locker...the motor cycle shop someone has already mentioned, but wasn't there another one? A non-chain sports shop maybe?

I do remember that Bloomies and Hechts both had restaurants, my family would sometimes go to them. That was a big deal! I seem to recall one of them had a really delicious french toast that I ordered more than once. We also sometimes went to Farrells, Lums and of course Shakey's. We never went to the Hot Shoppes because I think even then it was considered too old fashioned. (In fact, the only time I ever went to a Hot Shoppes in DC was because the family of a friend of mine was taking their grandma out for her birthday and that's where she wanted to go. It was mostly old people even in the 1980s.)

We'd go up there before Christmas and the organ store would have some guy playing schmaltzy arrangements of carols so loud you could hear it through 1/2 the mall. We waited in a long line for one of the Star Wars movies, must have be the Empire Strikes Back...the entrance to the original theaters was near Farrell's, right? I also remember seeing the "Clock Court" clock laying in a pile of rubble when they started the first round of renovations, and thinking that was sad. Didn't it kind of look like this: http://www.city-data.com/picfilesc/picc30339.php

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: DonnieDarko ()
Date: October 12, 2011 11:31AM

Ooops...it was Woodie's that had the restaurant we used to go to, I think. Kind of dark in there wasn't it?

Also funny that nobody has mentioned the run-down looking church that was on the corner of Rt. 7 & "International Drive" (LOL) I bet they made a pretty penny when they sold out. Was there an earlier, less pretentious name for International Drive? Or was that road created with the mall? Wouldn't it have just been Gallows Rd?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Bill Smith ()
Date: October 12, 2011 12:02PM

I remember a place called "Bar Mart," which I think also had a head shop in back. I was very young, so I could be wrong. I think it was in Umbrella Court, near Farrells and the upstairs movie theater. I also remember going to Woolworths diner. It was all bright orange and had both an inside and outside entrance. Old ladies with diner uniforms worked there.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Flashbacks Rock ()
Date: October 12, 2011 12:16PM

I love this thread. I grew up in mclean so tysons was pretty much the only place to hang out as a kid.

Wasn't there a movie theater on the side where that thai place is now? If I remember correctly there used to be a magic pan in the corner (first experience with food poisoning when i was 9) and then some type of bar/restaurant and then the movie theater. Shoot, what was the name of that bar that used to be basically where the thai place is? I remember going there with a friend (we were both 16). He had his cousin's West VA drivers license (back then it didn't even have a picture on it, just a plastic card) and we bought a pitcher. Waitress cards him, he then slips the license under the table to me and she doesn't even bat an eye. Ahh good old days.

Also remember the farrels and the theater inside and the candy counter at woolworths. That place sucks now... over priced lame shops and posuers.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: 1995hoo ()
Date: October 12, 2011 02:15PM

For many years there was a church on the corner of VA-7 and International Drive where the large mirror-glass building is now (the one where the Capital Grille is). I was always surprised that church stayed there as long as it did, simply because the land must have been so valuable.

I remember the movie theatre around the back facing Giant and the nearby Lum's Restaurant.


This thread also prompted me to recall one thing that was very unfortunate about the demise of Hecht's when they became Macy's: The end of the old "Washington Shopping Plate" credit card. Anyone else remember those? It was a plastic card with no magnetic strip that was valid at certain DC-area stores; the ones I recall being involved were Hecht's, Woodies, Garfinckel's, Raleigh's, and I forget the others but I assume Lansburgh's was one. Part of why I say it was too bad Hecht's met their end is that my father still carried, and used, his Washington Shopping Plate right up to when Hecht's became Macy's, even though they were the only store that still took it. I found it quite entertaining the time or two I went shopping with my father in the past 10 years or so and he'd pull out that card. Almost every time the cashier would be some young kid who had never seen one and didn't know what to do with it, but my father would insist on using it and they'd have to call a manager. Usually one of the older ladies working at the stores would recognize the card and know what to do. My mother was relieved when Hecht's became Macy's because she found it embarrassing that my father still insisted on using that card. Hmm, next time I talk to them later this month I'll have to remind her about that.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: gomper ()
Date: October 13, 2011 08:27AM

I remember a head shop in the back of a store, but I thought that store was called "Bar Mart." Maybe Bar Mart was a section of World Imports.

I also remember a diner in one of the department stores that was all orange leather. It was the orangest diner I've ever seen. It might have been part of Woolworths, which would make sense. It had both an inside and outside entrance and the ladies who worked there wore uniforms.

When I was in high school in the 80s, we all bought our concert tickets at the Ticketron counter in Hechts. For the big shows, we would camp out overnight in the Hechts parking lot. That was usually a lot of fun.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: old fart ()
Date: October 13, 2011 08:51AM

I think the head shop was in the back of Pier One.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: yammer ()
Date: October 13, 2011 10:58AM

Your right the head shop+ was Bar Mart or something like that. I think it was actually downstairs. All I remember is the store had red carpet. And black and white checkerboard tile or walls or something "so hip" back then but actually completely nauseating--sort of Jersey-style deco. I don't recall Pier One even being at Tyson's Corners.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Scott ()
Date: October 13, 2011 02:13PM

Sang in Fashing Court Wrote:
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> Fashion Court where they actually had these
> circular platforms that could be used as stages.
>
> In the mid seventies, my sixth grade chorus group
> from Keene Mill ES got to perform in the Fashion
> Court. We wore maxi skirts,white blouse with a
> scarf. I got to wear my favorite pair of
> 'platform' shoes.
>
> Afterwards, we ate at the Magic Pan. There
> weren't too many stores in the 70s.
>
> Wasn't there a song/ jingle that had all the names
> of the stores at Tyson's?


Yes, it was to the tune of "Life is a Rock" by Reunion.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: lacuna, inc. ()
Date: October 18, 2011 02:41AM

I worked at Tyson's in the late 80s. Lots of fun to be had...exploring the mall after hours.

I remember going to Casa Maria (next to the Giant) for margaritas. I was about 16. They'd serve anyone.

Next to the KMart (where Tiffany, etc is) was a Fayva shoe store, if I remember correctly.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Wow What Memories ()
Date: October 18, 2011 12:32PM

1995hoo Wrote:
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> For many years there was a church on the corner of
> VA-7 and International Drive where the large
> mirror-glass building is now (the one where the
> Capital Grille is). I was always surprised that
> church stayed there as long as it did, simply
> because the land must have been so valuable.
>
> I remember the movie theatre around the back
> facing Giant and the nearby Lum's Restaurant.
>
>
> This thread also prompted me to recall one thing
> that was very unfortunate about the demise of
> Hecht's when they became Macy's: The end of the
> old "Washington Shopping Plate" credit card.
> Anyone else remember those? It was a plastic card
> with no magnetic strip that was valid at certain
> DC-area stores; the ones I recall being involved
> were Hecht's, Woodies, Garfinckel's, Raleigh's,
> and I forget the others but I assume Lansburgh's
> was one. Part of why I say it was too bad Hecht's
> met their end is that my father still carried, and
> used, his Washington Shopping Plate right up to
> when Hecht's became Macy's, even though they were
> the only store that still took it. I found it
> quite entertaining the time or two I went shopping
> with my father in the past 10 years or so and he'd
> pull out that card. Almost every time the cashier
> would be some young kid who had never seen one and
> didn't know what to do with it, but my father
> would insist on using it and they'd have to call a
> manager. Usually one of the older ladies working
> at the stores would recognize the card and know
> what to do. My mother was relieved when Hecht's
> became Macy's because she found it embarrassing
> that my father still insisted on using that card.
> Hmm, next time I talk to them later this month
> I'll have to remind her about that.


I remember the Washington Shopping Plate Card - had a picture of the Capitol didn't it? My mom had one and used it at all those stores right up until the bitter end as well. We always had the same experience where some young cashier would look at us like we were handing them a snake. Sorta like the old Diner's Club card that used to be out there.

I think the Washington Shopping Plate was one of the first credit cards out there and specifically marketed to help tysons get going. My mom said they had some special promotion when the mall first opened and she got the card. Back then there was no FICO score/instant approval of credit. You had to apply, wait a couple weeks, and maybe even send them a pay-stub or something to show you'd pay your bills. I wonder who issed that thing and who was on the hook for bad debts? Wow, that's going deep, thanks for reminding me of that....

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Nostalgic ()
Date: October 18, 2011 11:30PM

I too remember fondly the Washington Shopping Plate Card. It was light blue, and my mom found it helpful for evading arguments with my dad about her shopping for my siblings and me. Since the card covered numerous stores, and I'm not sure if the charges were detailed that well on the bills, she'd hold her breath every month when my dad read the bill and hope he assumed he spent most of the balance on himself at one of the 3 department stores where we mainly shopped.

My dad was a controlling, narcissistic ass who only approved spending on himself, so my mom needed means to work around him when buying necessities for the family. I never owned a thing from any stores outside the big department stores covered by that card until I was old enough to start working (mid-teens) and buy my own stuff. After that point, I loved shopping at stores that specialized in goods for kids such as the Gap.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: V-Man ()
Date: November 10, 2011 05:58PM

I remember walking down Rt,7 W. , from Lisle Ave to Gallows and 7 at 9 at night in a dense fog. Walked down the yellow line and was about 20 feet from the traffic light before I saw it. This was around 1968.
I lived near Gallows and Old Ct. Hse. Rd. and when I first moved there, I used to walk from Pimmit Hills to my house. Fairfax County cops would stop me and
ask what I was doing out "so late". It was rarely after 10 PM !
I worked at the first office bldg. at Tysons at 8150 Leesburg Pike on a cleaning crew. Used to go to Lums, slam 6 or 7 beers and go to work.
You could see the mountains to the west from the upper floors.
I got stuck on an unfinished floor one night for an hour or so. Elevator stoppe
on the wrong floor , I got out in total darkness except for the lights below.
Well, the beer helped ease the pain anyhow.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Granny ()
Date: November 10, 2011 10:14PM

About The Washington Shopping Plate; I'll bet that it also included Kann's. Another stalwart, gone circa 1972.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Native Son ()
Date: December 06, 2011 09:20AM

I believe they were golden "pheasants", not "peasants"

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: JDW ()
Date: December 26, 2011 06:37PM

Great thread with tons of memories!

Wasn't there an ice rink in Tyson's Corner in the 70's? If so, where was it?

I worked at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor in Springfield Mall. The Zoo had 30 scoops of ice cream. "Ladies and Gentlemen, cut the music,fountain noise, drum roll please" then the Zoo came out on a stretcher carried by 2 people. The Gibson Girl was announced as "The Prettiest Girl in the world". Pikes Peak was announced as "the only mountian you can eat with a spoon." Hands down, the most fun job I ever had!

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Gunner ()
Date: December 26, 2011 08:20PM

What a great thread. My wife and I just came back from Tyson's about an hour ago ... she was having problems with her new Xmas gift -iPhone 4s - so we took it to the Apple store.
Traffic? Over 90 minutes from the intersection of route 50 and I-495 to the parking garage at Lord and Taylor’s (we didn’t dare think about trying to get into the parking garage at Bloomingdales). I’m sure “back in the day” traffic wasn’t anywhere this bad in NoVa.

We’ve lived here since 1996 and despite all of its issues, such as the traffic, I do think Tyson’s Corner Center is a great mall. The AMC addition a few years back, along with Brio, Gordon Biersch, Barnes and Nobles, etc. really injected life into that end of the complex.

Where exactly was the movie theater everybody keeps talking about? Where Bally’s was located? One of the posts mentioned it was near the current Lord & Taylor. I can’t imagine a theater there unless it was attached to the mall and torn down.

By the way, our family is a huge fan of Luciano’s pizza located in that area of the mall. I understand they’re one of the few remaining original businesses.

Final comment: it’s nice to see there are normal people on FFXU who can post without using profanity and racial epithets.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Bill.N. ()
Date: December 27, 2011 08:29AM

Gunner-Back in the 1970s, when the Beltway was just two lanes each way, it wasn't unusual for traffic to Tysons to back up to 236 on Black Friday, and without parking garages trying to find a space in the early evenings during Christmas season was a challenge.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: drew s. ()
Date: December 28, 2011 04:47AM

Here's an interesting and true story: When I worked in the sporting goods dept. at the woolworths in 1985, I caught two teenage males trying to steal camping equipment. Following protocol, I called the store manager (Bucklee Reed) who took down their names and informed them to never come back.

One of the two teens was a kid named David Grohl. The same David Grohl who would later become a rock god with Nirvana and now the Foo Fighters.

That's my brush with (future) greatness. I'm sure he remembers this incident.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Date: December 28, 2011 07:52AM

Old AMC theaters were across the street near Tiffanys.

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"...your suffering will be legendary even in Hell!"

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Dorothy Hamill ()
Date: December 28, 2011 08:48AM

JDW Wrote:
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> Great thread with tons of memories!
>
> Wasn't there an ice rink in Tyson's Corner in the
> 70's? If so, where was it?
>
> The ice rink was over at Tyco road. I think it's now a auto body repair place now.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Susie ()
Date: December 28, 2011 01:06PM

The restaurant you are wondering about was Le Mistral

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Scott ()
Date: December 28, 2011 02:54PM

OldtimeResident Wrote:
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> Gordon Blvd Wrote:
>
> >
> > to whoever asked before, the Patio.Com used to
> be
> > a Roy Rogers. What's funny is that the
> McDonlands
> > across the street ALSO used to be a Roy Rogers.
>
> > Before that, it was a Hardee's. When Roy
> Rogers
> > bought Hardees in this region, THAT was the
> > begiining of their initial downfall - they
> TOTALLY
> > glutted the market and ended up going out of
> > business.
> Actually it's the other way around - Hardees
> bought Roy Rogers from Marriott and tried to
> convert all the Roys to Hardees. People preferred
> the Roy Rogers menu and let Hardees know by voting
> with their feet causing business to drop to zero.
> Hardees then revived the brand and converted most
> of the Hardees back to Roy Rogers. In the 90's
> Hardees sold the Roy Rogers division to McDonalds
> who promptly closed all the Roys and either tore
> them down, converted them to McDonalds or sold off
> the properties.
>
> The group of Roys that's left now is because one
> of the large franchise owners
> sued to not be included in the McDonald's sale.
> They negotiated a deal to buy the Roy Rogers brand
> and go independent, thus we still have Roy Rogers.


Wasn't there a very short time when their signs said Roy Rogers then underneath said Hardee's Breakfast?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: tvt ()
Date: December 28, 2011 04:16PM

Tyson's Movie Theatres.....I worked/managed several in NoVA in the mid-to-late '80s. In the mall, you had Neighborhood Theatres, Inc. (NTI) Tyson's Centre 4 Theatres and Roth's had 5 theatres (then expanded to 8).

NTI's theatres were on the Upper Level next to Farrell's Ice Cream. These theatres were located in the Fashion Court right about where The Children's Place store is now. It had 3 levels with red walls...the box office was as you entered and nothing else up there, then you had to walk down 2 flights of stairs (no elevator in those days) to get to the 2nd level. It had art for sale all around the middle level and a video game room on the left side. Then, to get to the theatres, you could take an escalator down the middle toward the circular concession stand downstairs or stair the satirs on either side of teh escalator. You had two theatres on the right side (Theatre #1 & #2), both held about 500 ppl and had capacity for 70mm or 35mm films, and two theatres on the left, both holding about 300 seats. Now, before I got there in the summer of 1984, it may have only been 2 theatres (one on each side) but I'm not sure. Louis Wakefield was the GM of the theatre for many years, followed by Bob Werking, then Kelly Calcote (sp?), among others. Cineplex Odeon took over all NTI Theatres in the area in the late 80's (I think it was 1988 or 89). The theatre closed in the early 90's I believe.

The Roth's 5 Theatre's expanded at some point in the mid-80's to 8 theatres and switched/was bought out by Loew's Theatres. It was located on the "lower level" on the other side of the mall (side facing Rt 123). This was the only "downstairs" the mall had back then. It was next to a Jerry's Subs and Pizza and down the hall from Lums (later "Summers") the The Magic Pan (loved their crepes). These theatre were smaller but easier to sneak in and out of (lol :)). It was in the same general area that Neishai Thai Cuisine and Modern Nails are now.

There was another NTI Theatre just down the road about 1/2 mile west on Rt 7 in the Pike 7 Plaza in the current home of, I believe, Gold's Gym. It was first a single theatre. Then, I believe in the late 70's or early 80's became 2-plex theatre. For those that remember the area it was near Night Dreams and Mr. Smith's Restaurant. i think it closed down in the late 80's. Jim Loudoun was it's GM.

Later, in the 1990's Cineplex Odeon opened up the theatres across the street from the mall where Tiffany's is located. It was on the back side. As an earlier poster noted, it shut down right about the time that the AMC Theatres opened up on the 3rd level of Tysons Corner. I think it was maybe about 5 years ago or so.

So, there is your long-winded Tysons movie theatre history. Thanks for the thread and the great memories! :)

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: tvt ()
Date: December 28, 2011 04:38PM

Adding to my last post.....before there were parking garages, out behind the NTI theatre was a one level parking lot with Hecht's Automotive. Also, there were many fun night's camping out for tickets for concerts. They were sold in Hecht's Ticketron location. I remember for Bruce Springsteen's 1985 concert at RFK Stadium, the line started at Hecht's door and went all the way around Bloomingdale's. This is what we did long before anyone had ever heard of the internet :). the mall security tried to enforce the rule of "no lining up before dawn", so we stayed in the theatre all night...about 30 of us! Finally, because of the crowds surrounding the outskirts of the mall, they started letting folks line up in the middle of the night....pretty cool.

Miss the crepes at The Magic Pan. Roy Rogers in the mall. Lums burgers with the spices on it...yum.

Fun times after work at Shakey's Pizza, behind JR's Stockyard Inn. Yes, they served beer to anyone, lol. Farrell's Ice Cream was always fun. I remmeber that church on the corner of Rt 7 & International Drive (now where Capital Grille buiding is). Sunday mornings, the church bell would ring and ring.

A bit further away, does anyone remember Chelsea's? It was a 24-hour restaurant just off Rt 123 going toward Vienna. Taco Bell is there now.

Finally, if anyone has any photos from Tysons Corner Mall back in the 1980's, I'd love to see them.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: kevin d. ()
Date: December 29, 2011 04:32PM

Yeah, Dave Grohl grew up in both nearby Alexandria and Springfield, VA before he headed out west to become a star. Funny story.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: OldtimeResident ()
Date: December 29, 2011 10:44PM

Scott Wrote:
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> Wasn't there a very short time when their signs
> said Roy Rogers then underneath said Hardee's
> Breakfast?

Yes, during the period going from Hardees back to Roys before the McDonalds sale

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Pimmit Hills native ()
Date: December 31, 2011 07:58PM

Remember that brookestone had a conveyer in the basement, anything you ordered they put on that conveyer.

I remember when there was a Kmart next to the Chesapeake bay seafood (where Chili's is now). I think the company that owned the chesapeake bay seafood actually owns that Chilis and a bunch of others.

I remember when Tyson's II was just a dirt hill. I guess some of you all knew what was on the other side of that hill.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Ronnie ()
Date: January 04, 2012 01:10PM

Remember the Woolworth's had a old-time restaurant attached to the store and it had booths and red-seated stools up by the counter. I worked at Hecht's in 1984 and would go there on my lunchbreak and order a tomato soup, grilled cheese and a vanilla shake. Those were the days...

Woolworths closed that restaurant and made it a jewely store selling inexpensive items. I forget the name of the store, but it was a subsidiary of Woolworths- something like "After Thoughts" or "Remembrances"?

Anyone know???

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: 1995hoo ()
Date: January 04, 2012 04:19PM

I recall the ice rink. As someone noted, it was off Tyco Road where the auto body shop is now. I recall it being a lot bigger inside than the Fairfax Ice Arena and usually less crowded as well.

The comments by "tvt" reminded me of how the Roth's theatre chain used to have a summer movie pass for kids. It was something like $5 for the summer and it got you into one designated movie each week. The roster of designated movies was set in advance, but which movie played at which theatre varied, so if you missed one you wanted to see you could go to a different cinema (if your mom would drive you there) and see it there. I recall we used to go to Roth's Americana on Heritage Drive in Annandale fairly often because it was closest to where we lived. Back then they didn't restrict you from bringing in your own food and drinks, either.

I remember seeing Back to the Future at the NTI cinema on the back side of Tysons when the schools were closed for a hurricane and it turned out to be a nice day. I also recall seeing Amadeus there and the showing being delayed when the projector got too hot and melted the film.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: KW ()
Date: January 05, 2012 08:59PM

The "TVT" you refer to was actually TST, which stood for "Twilight Savings Time". Roth Theatres used to have a trailer for it on every movie there. You could get discounted tickets for around $5.25 if I recall.

I ran the projection booth at Roth's Tyson's 5 from 1976-1980. It was a real experience. Went on to become sound engineer for the Roth Theatre Empire...

Prior to that I worked at McLean Cinema, which was originally a Jerry Lewis Theatre, in McLean Square Shopping Centre. I think there's a Sutton Place or Balducci's or whatever trendy foodie place there now. Started as an usher, then finally convinced the management I had some mechanical aptitude and was trained up in the projection booth. Along about that time Lipsner sold out to some other theatre business, new management and ownership came in. Tyson's 5 paid better and I had a gas hog '68 Mustang with a 428 CJ so the choice was obvious.

While at McLean Cinema, I also worked shifts at the Pizza Hut and bussed tables at Evans Farm Inn. The Evans job didn't last long. Nice place, but the pay sucked, the meals we got there sucked, and the wait staff was just plain nasty to us underlings. Plus those knickers and tri-corner hats. Some of the spoonbread girls were sort of hot looking though...

Back to Tysons...

Being stuck up in a projection booth for a 6+ hour shift, we used to have to sweet talk the concession girls or bribe the ushers to go out and get us something to eat. To this day I still can't stomach popcorn that easily. Every time they would break in a new concessionaire the popcorn would burn and all the ventilation went directly into the projection booth to cool the lamphouses.

After the shift was over we used to go drinking over at Lums, later Le Mistral, or H A Winston's. I used to love that place. 26 or so different burger combinations and you didn't have to ask for them to toast the roll. Cold beer, too.

I am fortunate to have seen McLean as it was back then. Also sorry to see McLean lose its soul with all the development. So much has been lost. My younger brother used to work at 3 Pigs, and while it wasn't top shelf BBQ, it was one of the last landmarks in McLean.

RIP

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Pimmit hills native ()
Date: January 05, 2012 09:15PM

I remember that restaurant off woolworths. Yeah That jewelry store was some forgettable thing for the teenage girls. Didn't the restaurant become a burger king for a while first? Or, wasn't there burger king in that area at some point? Tis would be around 88 or 89.


Speaking of ice rinks....does anyone recall one in Reston back in the very early 80's? I think it was sort of set low in between some office buildings. I think you had tow step down a couple of steps to get to the ice. Nothing like the one a Reston town center these days. Anyone?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: KW ()
Date: January 05, 2012 09:30PM

1995hoo Wrote:
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> I recall the ice rink. As someone noted, it was
> off Tyco Road where the auto body shop is now. I
> recall it being a lot bigger inside than the
> Fairfax Ice Arena and usually less crowded as
> well.
>
> The comments by "tvt" reminded me of how the
> Roth's theatre chain used to have a summer movie
> pass for kids. It was something like $5 for the
> summer and it got you into one designated movie
> each week. The roster of designated movies was set
> in advance, but which movie played at which
> theatre varied, so if you missed one you wanted to
> see you could go to a different cinema (if your
> mom would drive you there) and see it there. I
> recall we used to go to Roth's Americana on
> Heritage Drive in Annandale fairly often because
> it was closest to where we lived. Back then they
> didn't restrict you from bringing in your own food
> and drinks, either.
>
> I remember seeing Back to the Future at the NTI
> cinema on the back side of Tysons when the schools
> were closed for a hurricane and it turned out to
> be a nice day. I also recall seeing Amadeus there
> and the showing being delayed when the projector
> got too hot and melted the film.


Americana was the nicest theatre in the Roth Theatre Chain in my honest opinion. Actually had a curtain, and really nice machines up in the projection booth. Century projector heads were about the best I'd ever worked with, or on. The Ballantyne projector heads at Tyson's 5 were junk. The intermittant sprocket mechanism was poorly designed and the sprocket danced around. The sprocket teeth would dig in to the corners of the film sprocket holes, and combined with the 1600 watt Xenon lamphouses, and other factors, eventually the sprocket holes in the film would tear out, become unstable, and the film would break.

Not so funny story here...

At Tyson's 5 We were running "The Goodbye Girl" with Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason. Good movie, everybody wanted to see it. The main office decided we'd run it in 2 theatres, since they were small, but only use one copy of the movie. That meant we had to build it up in 3 separate reels and hope nothing happened in the first theatre to prevent the second theatre from getting the second reel of the movie in time. We called it "bicycling", running back and forth between theatres with only one print. Showtimes of course were back to back, with maybe 5 minutes to spare.

After a couple weeks of this, the sprocket holes were shot, and I had to splice in part of a coming attraction in order for there to be continuity.

Next day in theatre 4, the 8:00 (or so) show, we experienced 45 film breaks in an hour's time, had to refund everyone's money. At the time I could fix a film break in 15 seconds flat. The conduits in the booth had strips of masking tape stacked up just waiting for the next break.

Stressful job, but I guess at the time it was a lot of fun. Met a lot of great people, fell in love a time or two, and got to study up in the booth.

No regrets.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: _Gunner ()
Date: January 05, 2012 10:33PM

KW Wrote:
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> 1995hoo Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I recall the ice rink. As someone noted, it was
> > off Tyco Road where the auto body shop is now.
> I
> > recall it being a lot bigger inside than the
> > Fairfax Ice Arena and usually less crowded as
> > well.
> >
> > The comments by "tvt" reminded me of how the
> > Roth's theatre chain used to have a summer
> movie
> > pass for kids. It was something like $5 for the
> > summer and it got you into one designated movie
> > each week. The roster of designated movies was
> set
> > in advance, but which movie played at which
> > theatre varied, so if you missed one you wanted
> to
> > see you could go to a different cinema (if your
> > mom would drive you there) and see it there. I
> > recall we used to go to Roth's Americana on
> > Heritage Drive in Annandale fairly often
> because
> > it was closest to where we lived. Back then
> they
> > didn't restrict you from bringing in your own
> food
> > and drinks, either.
> >
> > I remember seeing Back to the Future at the NTI
> > cinema on the back side of Tysons when the
> schools
> > were closed for a hurricane and it turned out
> to
> > be a nice day. I also recall seeing Amadeus
> there
> > and the showing being delayed when the
> projector
> > got too hot and melted the film.
>
>
> Americana was the nicest theatre in the Roth
> Theatre Chain in my honest opinion. Actually had a
> curtain, and really nice machines up in the
> projection booth. Century projector heads were
> about the best I'd ever worked with, or on. The
> Ballantyne projector heads at Tyson's 5 were junk.
> The intermittant sprocket mechanism was poorly
> designed and the sprocket danced around. The
> sprocket teeth would dig in to the corners of the
> film sprocket holes, and combined with the 1600
> watt Xenon lamphouses, and other factors,
> eventually the sprocket holes in the film would
> tear out, become unstable, and the film would
> break.
>
> Not so funny story here...
>
> At Tyson's 5 We were running "The Goodbye Girl"
> with Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason. Good
> movie, everybody wanted to see it. The main office
> decided we'd run it in 2 theatres, since they were
> small, but only use one copy of the movie. That
> meant we had to build it up in 3 separate reels
> and hope nothing happened in the first theatre to
> prevent the second theatre from getting the second
> reel of the movie in time. We called it
> "bicycling", running back and forth between
> theatres with only one print. Showtimes of course
> were back to back, with maybe 5 minutes to spare.
>
> After a couple weeks of this, the sprocket holes
> were shot, and I had to splice in part of a coming
> attraction in order for there to be continuity.
>
> Next day in theatre 4, the 8:00 (or so) show, we
> experienced 45 film breaks in an hour's time, had
> to refund everyone's money. At the time I could
> fix a film break in 15 seconds flat. The conduits
> in the booth had strips of masking tape stacked up
> just waiting for the next break.
>
> Stressful job, but I guess at the time it was a
> lot of fun. Met a lot of great people, fell in
> love a time or two, and got to study up in the
> booth.
>
> No regrets.


Great stories - both of your posts, and well written, too. Many thanks for sharing.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Rick_S. ()
Date: January 07, 2012 08:35AM

The gent with one arm was Sam Gaddell. He had an accident at the family business when he was in 4th grade at Our Lady of Good Counsel school in Vienna. I was in the same class with him at the time. The business moved to Chantilly, and the last time I saw Sam was back in the late '80's or thereabouts.

I had a cousin who did a huge mural at one end of the mall; forget which storefront it covered for a while.

Anyone remember the "Chess King" clothing store? Spent many an hour hanging out at the mall, with numerous trips thru Bar Mart, etc back in the early '70's.

I am old enough to remember when Reston and Tyson's Mall were built... this thread certainly brings back some memories. :- )

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: jmj ()
Date: January 15, 2012 10:41PM

Love this thread-i found it trying to remember when the Hot Shoppes closed.
I started working at Woodies in 1987 and worked there until I went to Hecht's in 1994.
I came back again in to work at Nordstrom in 2000.So I spent about ten years of my life working there! It's great to read things I never knew about,like cages filled with birds,wishing fountains, and that great ice cream place (Farrells) that I've never heard of (moved here in 1986).
The mall had a big makeover in the early 90's when the Galleria came in and then when Nordstrom opened. A lot has changed since the new addition but we still enjoy shopping there! My husband and I had one of our first dates at the theater near Tiffany's.
I really miss Woodie's-it was like working with a family all those years.
Great memories of a shopping mall!

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Monsieur Croque ()
Date: January 31, 2012 09:14PM

mamacox Wrote:
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> there was a little restaurant under the escalators
> that led to the movie theaters. not the magic
> pan, not winstons ~ they served french
> food...croque monsieurs (sp?), french onion soup
> and perrier. i can not remember the name of it
> and really don't care to - i just want one person
> to tell me that they remember it! this was early
> 80's! help a sista out please!

Just in case...

That would have been Le Mistral (after both a train -- which they had a picture of -- and a seasonal wind in the south of France), and it was absolutely wonderful in my book. A cozy, comfy bistro sort of place. Ate there several times a month for years in the 70's. Wonderful cream-of-something soups, a new one every night, and a great place to dine and just talk away the hours. Wish it were still there. Have never found an equal.

Shopped for years at the Giant just across from Le Mistral toward 123 as well. It beat the Safeway at the Commons. I still have five wood-framed nature photo-prints from Spencer's Gifts displayed in my home. They'd date from the early 70's and they are still as nice today as the day I bought them. Not sure anymore what the head shop was called. There was certainly Penguin Feather at the time (and "I Brake for Penguins" bumperstickers) but I'm not at all convinced that the Tysons place was part of that. Still have a couple of "items" from there too, but there's no name on them, unfortunately.

In addition to the nearby Burger Chef, there was a free-standing Gino's on the Route-7 side of Tysons. Started by former NFL player,Gino Marchetti. And Lum's had really good hot dogs and sauerkraut. Not sure I ever did the one at Tysons, but there was one in Falls Church also -- where the Steak & Egg Kitchen eventually was. Lived right down the street in the early 70's, so stopped in often.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Mikes Tyson ()
Date: January 31, 2012 09:37PM

Monsieur Croque Wrote:
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> mamacox Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > there was a little restaurant under the
> escalators
> > that led to the movie theaters. not the magic
> > pan, not winstons ~ they served french
> > food...croque monsieurs (sp?), french onion
> soup
> > and perrier. i can not remember the name of it
> > and really don't care to - i just want one
> person
> > to tell me that they remember it! this was
> early
> > 80's! help a sista out please!
>
> Just in case...
>
> That would have been Le Mistral (after both a
> train -- which they had a picture of -- and a
> seasonal wind in the south of France), and it was
> absolutely wonderful in my book. A cozy, comfy
> bistro sort of place. Ate there several times a
> month for years in the 70's. Wonderful
> cream-of-something soups, a new one every night,
> and a great place to dine and just talk away the
> hours. Wish it were still there. Have never
> found an equal.
>
> Shopped for years at the Giant just across from Le
> Mistral toward 123 as well. It beat the Safeway
> at the Commons. I still have five wood-framed
> nature photo-prints from Spencer's Gifts displayed
> in my home. They'd date from the early 70's and
> they are still as nice today as the day I bought
> them. Not sure anymore what the head shop was
> called. There was certainly Penguin Feather at
> the time (and "I Brake for Penguins"
> bumperstickers) but I'm not at all convinced that
> the Tysons place was part of that. Still have a
> couple of "items" from there too, but there's no
> name on them, unfortunately.
>
> In addition to the nearby Burger Chef, there was a
> free-standing Gino's on the Route-7 side of
> Tysons. Started by former NFL player,Gino
> Marchetti. And Lum's had really good hot dogs and
> sauerkraut. Not sure I ever did the one at
> Tysons, but there was one in Falls Church also --
> where the Steak & Egg Kitchen eventually was.
> Lived right down the street in the early 70's, so
> stopped in often.


Where was that Giant? Where the Circuit City was more recently?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: mojo ()
Date: January 31, 2012 11:11PM

Where was Shakey's in relation to the mall? I remember going to Shakey's (or Farrells) before movies, but I was only about six or seven when the second level was added and everything changed. Was Shakey's next to the Hecht's?

And anyone remember the pet store? I think it was in the section of the mall near Farrell's and the theater.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: pizza hog ()
Date: February 01, 2012 08:25AM

Shakey's was in that stand alone building behind JR's, where a Thai restaurant is now, sort of across from the golf place. So, not in the mall.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Monsieur ()
Date: February 01, 2012 01:48PM

Mikes Tyson Wrote:> Where was that Giant? Where the Circuit City was
> more recently?

Yes. There was a succession of restaurants at the far left of the building as you faced it, but they were pretty inconsequential in comparison as far as I was concerned.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: February 01, 2012 02:04PM

Monsieur Wrote:
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> Mikes Tyson Wrote:> Where was that Giant? Where
> the Circuit City was
> > more recently?
>
> Yes. There was a succession of restaurants at the
> far left of the building as you faced it, but they
> were pretty inconsequential in comparison as far
> as I was concerned.


Not sure if anyone's noticed, but that whole strip of buildings (where Circuit City & La Madeleine were) was razed in late 2011. Another piece of the old Tysons Corner that is now an obscure memory.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Monsieur Croque ()
Date: February 01, 2012 09:05PM

TheMeeper Wrote:
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> Not sure if anyone's noticed, but that whole strip
> of buildings (where Circuit City & La Madeleine
> were) was razed in late 2011. Another piece of
> the old Tysons Corner that is now an obscure
> memory.

Yes, the space was needed for the Tysons Central 123 Metro station complex, so away it went.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: February 01, 2012 09:20PM

Monsieur Croque Wrote:
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>
> Yes, the space was needed for the Tysons Central
> 123 Metro station complex, so away it went.


I heard it's going to be a hotel property on that site.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: FusilliJerry ()
Date: February 03, 2012 03:11PM

I can remember growing up out in Manassas, when you wanted to go to a big mall, Tyson's or Springfield were the only ones. Landmark was all open air at the time and there was no Fair Oaks. My uncle lived off of Gallows on Byrd Drive, so we used to go to Tyson's the most. Like all malls, it has that nasty lacquered dark stone with the orange/red/yellow/black bad acid trip swirly carpet. Oh and it was one level apart from the movie theaters. We used to hit the Shakey's back then as well for dinner at times. tons of fun watching the 3 Stooges or Buster Keaton movies playing on the big screen and playing Battlezone.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: tvt ()
Date: February 06, 2012 10:52AM

Great memories of Tysons. Don't you wish you could time travel or even be a fly on the wall, even just for one day, to revisit those days? :) I wouldn't mind refreshing those dusty old memories of the '80s a bit....

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Nostalgic ()
Date: February 13, 2012 12:55AM

tvt Wrote:
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> Great memories of Tysons. Don't you wish you
> could time travel or even be a fly on the wall,
> even just for one day, to revisit those days? :)
> I wouldn't mind refreshing those dusty old
> memories of the '80s a bit....


Yes, would especially love to revisit the days of less traffic and easier parking.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Joven ()
Date: February 13, 2012 05:12PM

I miss the good ole days.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Daniel ()
Date: March 28, 2012 04:40PM

Ok, I'm wondering if you all could help me here.

People mentioned that there were different movie theatres at different times and places, and I'm trying to picture in my mind where the theatre was where I went. There is this long (or atleast it was long to me) and narrow hallway where it would connect (I guess one part of the mall) to where the theater was. A small part of that hallway is still there which most of it is blocked off. If you are looking from the parking lot, there is a restuarant on the left side and Lord and Tailors on the right side. When you enter that hall way and walk all the way down (Towards Tailors), right around the corner, there is a small foodcourt with Subway and other little restuarants. You keep going, there is an esculator that is sort of in the middle. Ok, now I"m going too far. Let me back up a bit.


I didn't go to the Tysons much. We lived in Sterling int he 80's and 90's (and most of this past decade), but in the late 80's and early 90's, there were were not a lot of options with the exception of the dollor theatre in sterling and then the theatre in Herndon (World Gate---before the Reston Town Center opened)

Ok, so this is what I'm trying to figure out. In 1992, (I was ten), my dad and I drove down to Tysons, parked where Lord and Tailors is and entered where that narrow hall way is. We went to see Alladdin, so whatever movie theatre that was, don't know. Then my other memory was just a year or two later when that movie "The Big Green" came out, I had a party, (Must have been close to 13---mid 90's) and I strictly remember walkign down that hallway (Where would we have been coming from?) and seeing a poster for Toy Story: Coming soon). Then we walked around the corner and went up this long elevator.

Ok, last night, I went to Tysons and walked around and can't for the life of me think where the theatre used to be. Could someone, in detail, walk me through it? If I am walking down that narrow hall in the mid 90's, and now where subway would be on the left, where would I go to see the movie? I thought we'd go upstairs, but I can't seem to remember. Is the lobby where Lord and Tailors is now?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Daniel ()
Date: March 28, 2012 04:43PM

I don't mean to post again, but I wanted to add.....I know people have described already where those theatres were, but I'm trying to look it it from where they were it we were walking down that narrow hallway today (Or atleast that small part of it) If someoen were to have some old pics, that would be great.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: pizza place ()
Date: March 28, 2012 07:45PM

Daniel, my brother...there is a Pizza place at the top of the stairs...not Listrani's, but something like that. It is Old School.

If you are walking from the main corridor of the mall, out one of those little "spine halls", the pizza place is on the right, almost all the way at the end. As a matter of fact, it has a picture next to the take out counter showing the place in 1977.

There used to be a big escalator then, at the end of the hall, and it went straight, ie, was aligned with the hallway, as opposed to turning left or right. At the bottom, your only option was to go right, down the narrow hallway towards the movie theater. If you went left, you would walk into a french restaurant.

The escalator os gone, and that area has been re-worked, so now it is a stairway and some stores.

However, the pizza place is in the same place and I think is exactly the same on the inside. Probably the only remaining place that hadn't changed from the 70's.

I remember circa 1983 a friend of mine went in the bathroom to wash his hair, because somebody going the opposite way on rubbed some chocolate on his head. I think it was because he was wearing a Langley jacket and the other kid had a Marshall jacket.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Sigmund ()
Date: March 28, 2012 11:49PM

I remember that the restaurant attached to Woolworth's was called 'Harvest House'. It was owned by Woolworth's and had both a mall entrance and in-store entrance. Woolworth's got out of food service about the time Woolco closed and the restaurants were licensed to Burger King. Landover Mall Woolworth's in MD was a carbon copy twin of the Tysons store, except the Burger King remained even after Woolworths went out of business. The store entrance was walled off.

Anyone remember what the name of the Chinese Restaurant in Tysons was called? It seems like all malls had one Chinese restaurant but the fad died out. Springfield Mall once had a big one, and so did Seven Corners. I remember they were quite ornate and served Polynesian type drinks in souvineer glasses that you could bring home. Somewhere I still have one of those buddha glasses where the straws went into it's belly....

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Ol' Timer ()
Date: March 29, 2012 01:41AM

pizza place Wrote:
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> Daniel, my brother...there is a Pizza place at the
> top of the stairs...not Listrani's, but something
> like that. It is Old School.
>
> If you are walking from the main corridor of the
> mall, out one of those little "spine halls", the
> pizza place is on the right, almost all the way at
> the end. As a matter of fact, it has a picture
> next to the take out counter showing the place in
> 1977.
>
> There used to be a big escalator then, at the end
> of the hall, and it went straight, ie, was aligned
> with the hallway, as opposed to turning left or
> right. At the bottom, your only option was to go
> right, down the narrow hallway towards the movie
> theater. If you went left, you would walk into a
> french restaurant.
>
> The escalator os gone, and that area has been
> re-worked, so now it is a stairway and some
> stores.
>
> However, the pizza place is in the same place and
> I think is exactly the same on the inside.
> Probably the only remaining place that hadn't
> changed from the 70's.
>
> I remember circa 1983 a friend of mine went in the
> bathroom to wash his hair, because somebody going
> the opposite way on rubbed some chocolate on his
> head. I think it was because he was wearing a
> Langley jacket and the other kid had a Marshall
> jacket.


Luciano's. But I don't remember it being around back in the day...I could be wrong, though, my memory isn't what it used to be.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: tvt ()
Date: March 29, 2012 08:36PM

"Pizza Place" described it right. I believe you are talking about the Roth's (then Loew's) 5 (then 8) Theatres. The were on the Rt 123 side of the mall. The wing it was on was sort of by itself. At the time, there was no lower level of Tyson Corner Center. i believe that was the only "lower level" at the time.

You'd go down the escalator and to the left was The Magic Pan Restaurant. The only "hallway" was to the right. Back in those days, it was either a Lum's Restaurant (know for their Ollie burger...yum!) or it had switched to Summer's Restaurant. Further down the hall closer to the theatre was a Jerry's Subs and Pizza and a few other stores.

The other theatre in the mall until the early 90's was the NTI (then toward the end it was Cineplex Odeaon) Tysons 4 Theatres, located where I believe is a Haagen Daas ice upstairs, leading down and escalator inside where the theatres were. The batting cages downstairs are basically where the actual theatres were. This theatre was basically all red.

The mall has changed a lot since then, with adding the whole lower level throughout the mall and that whole hallway wing where the Roth's/Loew's Theatres were being re-worked.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: red hall ()
Date: March 29, 2012 08:59PM

Man, that's funny...you mention the movie theater being "red"...I do specifically remember that red hallway.

I do believe a Wendy's was there at one time, as well...

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Bert ()
Date: April 24, 2012 05:13PM

I do remember Tyson's Locker Plant. My folks used to go there yearly to stock up on frozen meat. It came in wooden slat type boxes. The pits were great, I don't guess that big microwave tower is there anymore??? That tower was the only thing out there when I was a kid.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: FusilliJerry ()
Date: April 24, 2012 07:56PM

While not in Tyson's, but just up the road, there was Evan's Farm Inn that closed, ripped down, and replaced with a housing development right on 123 near Lewinsville. Went there a couple times as a kid for Easter or something similar.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: zebrasoile ()
Date: April 24, 2012 09:00PM

The tower's still there. After 9/11 the govt. put up a sign telling you not to photograph or even look at it, or off to Gitmo you go.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Arlingtonkid ()
Date: April 24, 2012 09:50PM

Was there ever a Jack in the Box along route 7 in the early 70's? I may have Tyson's confused with another area, but for some reason I recall it was Tyson's.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Old houses in TyCo ()
Date: April 24, 2012 11:18PM

Does anyone remember the side of Tysons where the Towers Crescent office complex is now (kind of "in front of" LL Bean and Nordstrom) there used to be houses there? Nice, brick houses.

I do remember this from the mid '70's...if you take that right off of 7 (route 7 heading west, that is) and go down that perimeter road towards Nordstrom, with LL Bean on your left, you could see the backs of these houses off on your right until around 1977 or so...as a matter of fact, there was the remnants of an old, residential style chain link fence there up until about 4-5 years ago, when construction resumed and they started the new tower.

Since I have been in the Tysons area, I always looked to see that fence there...it was remnant of someone's backyard on Mimosa Drive (the previous name of Towers Crescent until the late 70's).

Weird to think that there were houses built there in the 40's, ripped down in the late 70's, and a very small portion of someone's fence and backyard survived another 35 years.

As for a Jack in the Box...do remember one in McLean, accross from the old fire house. Drive through. Best freakin tacos ever. Greasy, though. Could have been one in Tysons, as well. Can't remember.

Remember a pet store in Tysons Corner mall, accross from the place that had bar furniture and pool tables. Weird to think you could pay rent in that place selling gold fish and parakeets.

Also, on the right side of 8133 Leesburg Pike, where a bagel place is now...there was an old house there until maybe the early 90's-at least until the late 80's.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: David G ()
Date: April 25, 2012 01:50AM

Thank you! I have been wracking my brain for the name of the movie theaters in the Aivery court next to Farrels, Now all I need is the name of the original Multiplex just off the lower level of one of the Dept stores

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: David G ()
Date: April 25, 2012 02:14AM

There was another NTI Theatre just down the road about 1/2 mile west on Rt 7 in the Pike 7 Plaza in the current home of, I believe, Gold's Gym. It was first a single theatre. Then, I believe in the late 70's or early 80's became 2-plex theatre. For those that remember the area it was near Night Dreams and Mr. Smith's Restaurant. i think it closed down in the late 80's. Jim Loudoun was it's GM.

It was called Tyson's Cinema and it looked like it held about 1,000 people. I know i saw Jaws for the first time in that theater with my Mom

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Bruce Variety ()
Date: April 25, 2012 02:43PM

Orange Bowl pizza man. That stuff was awesome!

We used to park in the underground delivery tunnel like it was our personal private parking area.

We didn't know how good we had it in pre-9/11.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Dick W ()
Date: April 26, 2012 03:58PM

David G Wrote:
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> There was another NTI Theatre just down the road
> about 1/2 mile west on Rt 7 in the Pike 7 Plaza in
> the current home of, I believe, Gold's Gym. It was
> first a single theatre. Then, I believe in the
> late 70's or early 80's became 2-plex theatre. For
> those that remember the area it was near Night
> Dreams and Mr. Smith's Restaurant. i think it
> closed down in the late 80's. Jim Loudoun was it's
> GM.
>
> It was called Tyson's Cinema and it looked like
> it held about 1,000 people. I know i saw Jaws for
> the first time in that theater with my Mom


Tysons Cinema was a great place to see a movie. Larger than any of the other theatres in the area with a cool upper level balcony in the rear. The place started to go down hill after the upper balcony was renovated as a tiny second theatre with an additional screen as David G mentions...

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Marshall class of 75 ()
Date: May 01, 2012 11:54AM

The head shop was in the back of Pier One, but that was not Bar Mart. Bar Mart was a serarate store. I bought a $200 "Wave" from Bar Mart that I loved. $200 was a lot of money for a decoration back in the mid-70s. It was so much better than the cheap ones that are around. It was whale oil and really amazing to watch. The spa in the basement was European Health Spa, and I was a lifetime member :( That also cost me a lot of money. I worked after school at Geno's - not inside the mall, but an easy walk. Melart Jewelers was where I had my ears pierced, but also where my husband bought my engagement ring.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Ahmayzin ()
Date: May 01, 2012 12:00PM

I remember when you could smoke inside the mall....lol

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Mike from the 70s ()
Date: June 22, 2012 02:16PM

There was an old farm house on the other side of 123 from Tyson's One that had a pond in front of it. One winter it froze enough for us kids to ice skate on it. Hard to believe how different it is now in that area.

I worked at the Mall in the 70's. Lots of good memories as mentioned already.

ON-ON!

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: sean ()
Date: June 25, 2012 05:18AM

Yes! !! I remember the snooty lil French place under the elevators! 'croque 'something or other? I worked @ Lums ( home of coatracks) and deep fried mushrooms! I also worked @ Luciano's Pizzeria above and then @ Bbb in Vienna circa 81/82. Don't remember birds ; that must've been awesome. Loved me some Hotshoopes Farrels, advoining Bk/ Wworths, Spencer's and Peoples as well as Dart drug! I used to people watch with my pal Erin on those curvy groovy orangey loungey chairs :)

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: LocalBoy ()
Date: June 27, 2012 01:10AM

Worked at Bar Mart during late grad-school years -- no head shop in the back, as mentioned by previous poster, as the owner was a retired Navy sub captain -- they had two retail levels, with stairs to lower retail level located within the main retail floor. There was a third level below the second retail level, which was a storage area that opened out onto the underground tunnel area loading docks. Trucks used to go into the one-way tunnel from the Landsburgh's (now Bloomingdales) end of the Tysons Mall -- tunnel entrance was located in the Bloomie's parking lot area. The loading tunnel ran down the center of the mall, three levels down from the main retail floor level, and was large enough to drive medium-sized semi-trucks through. The tunnel ran from Landsburgh's/Bloomies down to Hecht's, where it turned right and continued onward, all the way down to Woodies. The tunnel exit came out in the Woodie's parking lot. As far as I know, originally, all of the main level stores had a storage area at the tunnel level, and a second storage area located directly above, with their main retail floor space on top. Some opened up the second storage area as retail space -- don't know how that worked or was done/decided as to which stores were able to open two retail floors. All stores originally had access to the tunnel loading docks, as far as I know. Early in my budding career, used to drive a box delivery truck for a couple of the retailers, and always loaded/unloaded in the tunnel area.

Someone mentioned that Lums was on the lower level area, between Hecht's and Woodies, next to the Roth's Theaters, but did not understand where the loading tunnel would be located, when considering all of those lower level establishments -- i.e., where would the tunnel fit? The loading tunnel was either one level BELOW Lums and the Roth's theaters, or directly BEHIND them -- don't recall specifically.

Another mention of unmarked stairways going up, out of the tunnel -- there were quite a few of them, and they all exited up on the mall main level, one way or another. Some would exit onto the main level via blind painted unmarked doors -- you would open the door, and would find yourself exiting onto the main retail space from an unmarked door placed between two retail storefronts -- or sometimes, directly into a retail store space, as mentioned about Castro Convertibles.

What was the store that was in the Bloomies space before Bloomies took over? Originally, it was Landsburgh's (or was it originally Jelleff's?) -- then ???? -- then Bloomingdales. Tysons Corner Mall was designed around three large anchor stores -- Woodies on one end, Hecht's in the middle, and Landsburg's/Bloomies on the other end. Tysons Shopping Mall opened fully in 1968.

Recall how there would be school kids who would pour bubble-bath soap into the main fountain, outside of Hecht's, and watch the fun as the fountain would froth up the bubbles mix, which would spill out into the mall main floor area, much to the delight of SOME of the mall patrons -- typically a Friday or Saturday night event, when lots of kids would be hanging out at Farrell's and/or the movie theaters..

Also remember the concerts given at various times of the year -- often local school choirs, but also would occasionally have semi-professional mens choruses with 50-60 men singing some great musical arrangements of well known or seasonal songs. Wow -- have not thought about that in 40+ years.

Remember the Aviary Court bird cages, too -- and the "outdoor" birds that had gotten trapped inside the mall -- occasional sparrow, robin, Jay or whatever -- would be flying around the ceiling areas.

Was recollecting how the Roth Theater patrons (read: 75 or more standing in a single file line) would stand on the sidewalk, outside of the theaters, waiting to go inside -- 1974 perhaps? -- typically a warm summer night -- we would swoop through with our handy-dandy electric-pump powered, custom-built industrial-grade "water cannons," backed by 5-10 gallon water tanks and pumping/pressurizing mechanisms hidden in the trunks, dual hose feeds into the passenger compartments , adjustable squirt ends with squeeze valves, usually pillaged from old garden bug-spray cans. -- this is LONG before super-soakers became all the rage -- would slowly drive down the line, hosing as we drove, all from the comfort of the back seats of our convertible cars --typically, nobody was soaked down, rather more of a damp spritz per person -- an example of one of the "fun" summertime things that bored, home-for-the-summer college engineering geeks/majors would put together -- would also occasionally catch a Friday night dating couple sitting at a stoplight, windows rolled down (this is the time-era before car AC was typical) rock music blaring -- a couple of quick spritzes from a hidden source always produced delightful mayhem, with the girl ducking and not knowing where the water was coming from, worried about their makeup and hair, and the guy confused and bewildered as to WTH was going on, with the light turning green and traffic moving away at about the same time -- 'tis one of the things that date-less geeks would do for entertainment, in the pre-internet/computer/game era.

Anyone remember the night, right around closing time, that Hecht's caught on fire? -- had to have been springtime 1977, IIRC.

Moving to Vienna -- remember the W.T. Grant store in the Giant Food shopping center? Or, the Peter Pan store, located next to the Acme supermarket (now Magruder's) ? Rolling Road restaurant, located where the Herbert & Burke bank now sits, across from the Vienna Inn, which was owned by the same families who now own and run the Amphora restaurants? Or Lowes, which used to occupy the Whole Foods supermarket space? Or that Lowes had their own railroad siding, directly off of the W&OD railroad (now the W&OD bike trail), which is how they received their lumber? Do you recall what year the last trains ran on the W&OD railroad? How about the A&P supermarket, located in the shopping center next to Giant Food? Ketterman Jewlers? How about the hobby shop, next to the A&P, which had a huge slot-car track inside, where you could race slot-cars? Or the Burger Chef, located where the Wendy's is, now? Or, Kinney shoes?

Onward to Oakton -- do you recall that the Oakton Market (became Appalachian Outfitters, at the corner of Hunter Mill and 123) was run by an elderly couple, Mr. and Mrs. Myers, who lived above the store? How about Moyer's Hardware, located next to the Oakton Market (also became part of the Appalachian Outfitters retail space). How about the E&O market, in Oakton? Clay's Welding? That the Oakton Post Office was in space attached to the Oakton Amoco gas station? The very large oak tree that used to split Hunter Mill Road at the 123 intersection? No stoplight at Hunter Mill Road and 123?

Lastly, remember when Dulles Airport was being built, and also when 66 was being built through the Oakton area (both somewhere in the 1960-1962 timeframe), and that 66 ended in Gainesville, exiting all traffic onto Route 29. Or, that Route 28 was a two-lane road with a blinking yellow light/blinking red at the route 50 crossing, in Chantilly?

Great thread -- thanks for the discussions and remembrances -- enjoyed! Was a different era, perhaps even a magical time, with innocent values and hopes and wishes -- now to exist only in fading memories and faint echoes.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: LocalBoy ()
Date: June 27, 2012 03:18AM

Per Granny's comment regarding Kann's department store

The main flagship Kann's department store was located nearby the old F St. shopping district, at the corner of Pennsylvania Ave. and Eighth St. N.W.

From Wikipedia: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._Kann_Sons_Co.)

Kann's was the second Washington D.C. based department store chain to open a suburban location in nearby Northern Virginia. Just two weeks after the Hecht Company opened its store at Parkington Shopping Center, on November 16, 1951, Kann's opened its store at N. Fairfax Drive and N. Kirkwood Rd., in Arlington County, Virginia. The $4.5 million, 3 story store, known as Kann's Virginia, opened in conjunction with the neighboring Virginia Square Shopping Center. At opening, the store featured imported Squirrel Monkeys from Brazil named Teeny, Weeny, Eeny, and Miney to entertain children in the shoe department; a package assembly system using conveyor belts; "Kannteen" restaurant; customer lounge; and hospital room with nurse in attendance.[7] After closing in 1975, the store was acquired in 1979, by George Mason University, who used it for their Arlington Campus. The building was used first for the law school and later for the School of Public Policy. Current plans are for the building to be part of the redevelopment of the site slated for completion in 2010, then eventually demolished.[8]


Regarding the Washington Shopping Plate -- the stores that participated were the Hecht Co., Jelleff's, Kann's, Lansburgh's, Raleigh Haberdasher and Woodward & Lothrop. Julius Garfinckel & Co. was added later.

Answering JDW -- the Tysons Ice Rink was located off of Tyco Road, back behind Peacock Buick and the Brown Dodge dealerships.

Responding to Pimmit hills native asking about the old Reston Ice Rink -- now called Skatequest, located off of Michael Faraday Court in Reston.

Arlingtonkid -- there was a Jack In The Box that was located at the corner of Gallows Road and Route 29, in nearby Merrifield -- across the street from the what used to be the Lee Highway Drive-In Theaters.
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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Brian ()
Date: July 01, 2012 09:18PM

OMG mamacox () YES I remember the French restaurant under the escalators.

Le Mistral -- and I will never forget their braised beef short ribs -- the best ever! I think they moved to Old Dominion Drive in McLean some years later to a store-front place, but that, too, is closed.

I, for some odd reason, remember going there one dark and stormy night, seeing the movie "Flashdance," (1983) getting that darn song stuck in my head for weeks (and now it will be there again for many more weeks) and enjoying that dinner that I still remember!

How is it I can't remember what I had for dinner 3 days ago, but I can remember something from nearly 30 years ago?

The onion soup was to die for too.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Brian ()
Date: July 01, 2012 09:35PM

And, speaking about songs that get stuck in one's head! The Tyson's version with the store names in it was called "We've got em all" and was a two-minute thing, with an intro by Rick Dees (remeber him? I think he was the Ryan Seacrest of the 80's) that ran on local radio stations -- very much one of my favorite Tyson's memories:

http://www.icsc.org/srch/education/awards/maxi2002/maxi_2002_cons_tysons.php

And the song, I can't find, but the original song I think is called ":Life is a Rock" by Reunion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16kh-AP4OCU

Here's something more about the campaign:


Jingle Jangle



[FINAL Edition]




The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.


Author:

CRISTINA DEL SESTO



Date:

Jul 5, 1992



Start Page:

w.09



Section:

MAGAZINE



Text Word Count:

225








I catch myself singing it in the car. It plays in my head while I shower and while I sit in business meetings. I hear it in my dreams. And it's not "Stairway to Heaven."

It's a jingle for a shopping mall.

Nordstrom, Woodies, Hecht's and Zales/Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale's . . .

"The idea was to communicate that Tysons Corner has the best mix and more merchants than anybody else," says Ellen Ehrman, account supervisor at Adworks in Georgetown.

The solution was "We've Got 'Em All," a two-minute song listing 105 of Tysons Corner's 200-plus stores; there's also a 30-second version with a male singer breathlessly listing 28 of them.

Turns out even local radio stations like WCXR and Mix 107 are getting requests to play the tune, which was adapted from "Life Is a Rock," a '70s release by the Reunions.

"The response has been overwhelming," says Ehrman about the "audio logo puzzle" that will air sporadically until the end of the year. In fact, Tysons is even having a karaoke contest this summer for anyone who dares. So mark down August 15 if you think you can sing "We've Got 'Em All" without getting totally tongue-tied.

Britches Great Outdoors, Mondia/Luciano's Pizzeria . . .

TicketMaster has your ticket,

Lee's has ice cream, you can lick it . . .

Baby Gap, Natisse Salon,

and Benetton and on and on . . .


Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction or distribution is prohibited without permission.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: fouat ()
Date: July 24, 2012 10:13PM

yes- woolworth's got rid of their eatery and turned it into an inexpensive (okay, cheap!) jewelry store named "afterthoughts." i'm sure they got half the business that the restaurant brought in and as a company, had their own afterthoughts about what a bone-headed move that was.

the best grilled cheese, tomato(e- here's to you, dan quayle!) soup and vanilla shakes... all for about six bucks!

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: bklover ()
Date: July 24, 2012 11:49PM

BK took over

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Larry ()
Date: July 28, 2012 11:54PM

Before Soup or Sandwitch the resturant was called Mosiure Crepe, the kitchen was under the mall area. Restaurant closed due to theft and sabsentee ownership
This place sold Beer & wine the closest bar for liquor was the Holisay Inn across RT 123

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: tvt ()
Date: July 30, 2012 08:48AM

Another fun memory.....back in the day, way before the Internet, you use to have to wait in line for tickets from TicketMaster (in Hecht's). Although lines were often long, the longest line I can remember was for Bruce Springsteen playing RFK Stadium in 1985.

Normally, the mall security wouldn't let lines begin on property before dawn. However, there were so many people hovering around the mall property that they let everyone line up in the middle of the night around the mall. The line started outside the lower level door of Hecht's (now Macy's), wrapped all the way around the mall beyond Bloomingdale's. One of the guards I knew estimated 1,000-2,000 people in line! Pretty amazing.

It was a fun memory, camping overnight on a nice summer night in line with friends, Springsteen music playing all night. Almost as much fun as the concert was!

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Bump! ()
Date: February 08, 2013 03:30PM

This is probably verboten, but Fairfax Underground is in the Washington Post again today so we probably have some fresh eyes on the forum. Bumping this thread for the new readers.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: February 08, 2013 03:58PM

Taken 1984




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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Larry ()
Date: May 12, 2013 11:34PM

The place you were thinking of was Mosiur Crepe across from the Firts Va Bank Aviary Court entrance.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: lee sullins ()
Date: May 28, 2013 03:21PM

remember a guy named barry moats at cycle sport. he had a wicked green '69 z/28!

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: 1995hoo ()
Date: May 29, 2013 10:43AM

Re-reading this thread, someone wanted to know why International Drive wasn't simply named Gallows Road.

They used to be totally separate roads. The road now called Old Gallows Road (hits Route 7 across from the old Roy Rogers near the Marriott) used to be Gallows Road. Gallows Branch Road and the bridge across Route 7 didn't exist. Old Courthouse Road went all the way down to Gallows (now Old Gallows) and ended at a T-intersection. It was all redesigned sometime in the mid- to late-1980s around the same time when the mall was expanded.

Aerial view from 1979 at the following link. Gallows Road comes right up the center of the picture. You may have to zoom out a bit to get a better sense of location (it insisted on resetting the zoom when I copied the link). Click the years at the left side of the image to compare it to today.

http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=8E-06&lat=38.9105317254721&lon=-77.2220158417972&year=1979

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Farrell ()
Date: May 29, 2013 11:38AM

Wow, I remember the coat check and the Aviary court. When I was a little kid, my mom would participate in craft shows there and at Springfield mall. I always loved spending the day roaming the mall and loitering in Spencer Gifts. A few years later a couple friends and II snuck down into the "loading dock" tunnel to get high once before a movie. Ah..the good old days. I haven't been back to Tyson's in years. I avoid it like the plague. If I have to go to a mall it's Fair Oaks for me.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: lee sullins ()
Date: May 30, 2013 11:20AM

is that Farrell Kelliher? Who rembembers Stiegs?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: JkPhw ()
Date: May 30, 2013 02:30PM

Another interesting thing about Gallows Road routing.

If you look at the 1964 photo, it looks like Gallows went totally straight until it reached the Kidwell property. Then a 90 degree left turn, and straight back up. (If you didn't take the left, you would be on what is now called Kidwell Drive.) Sometime between 1964 and the early 70s, Gallows was bent into a wide left arc to avoid that stopping intersection. From there, it still went straight (today's "Old Gallows Road") up to Route 7.

I don't remember Gallows Road having that stop-turn-left intersection at Kidwell's. Might have been down there as a child, but maybe not, as there was no reason to go to Tysons Corner much. We used to take our deer to the meat locker / butcher there (before we got a big freezer in the basement and butchered in our back yard in Annandale. I didn't start driving until the early 70s, and I think Gallows Road had the big curve in it by then. It came out at the 7-11.

The road on the other side of Route 7 across from "Old" was probably not called Gallows Road, either. It was basically what is now called "Towers Crescent Drive", but used to just be a suburban ring, predating the mall by decades.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Douglas Raney ()
Date: June 28, 2013 06:02PM

I have a page on facebook called Roth Tysons Corner 8 Theaters Former Employees that has some information on that theater and pictures.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: KW ()
Date: July 25, 2013 09:03PM

Do you have a link for that Facebook page? I looked but can't find it.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Fairfax Bob ()
Date: July 25, 2013 11:39PM

Ah Tysons. Used to be a great place. Now just another cookie cutter mall. I remember the two sets of theaters (although Roths was tiny), Farrell's, and all the other long gone stores.

Places I worked at Tysons Corner before it went to two levels:

People's Drug - Jan 1985 to November 1985. Worked the Cigarette counter/front register. The store had a restauranrt and a whole aisle of arcade games. Lots of porn magazines at the back counter too. Try finding them in a drug store these days. Downstairs storage area was full of hundreds (thousands?) of mice, was dark and scary.

Waldenbooks - Nov 1985 to Feb 1986. I knew nothing about books. People would come in and ask if we had a certain book, like I have them all memorized or something. The Rev. Robert Schuller came in once for a book signing along with a few other celebrties I can't remember.

Woolworths - Feb 1986 to Feb 1987. I worked the back counter where tapes/CDs were, along with batteries, the key machine, etc. We had a restaurant that closed during the end of my time there. Downstairs was storage and an employee break area. I got fired because a lock was broken on the case where we kept cameras and they said since i didbn't report it I was fired...even though tons of other people worked the counter too and didn't report it. Whatever. They soon went out of business anyway.

Haven't been to Tyson's in about 10 years, since I live right across the street from Fair Oaks Mall.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: KW ()
Date: July 26, 2013 07:53PM

Douglas Raney Wrote:
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> I have a page on facebook called Roth Tysons
> Corner 8 Theaters Former Employees that has some
> information on that theater and pictures.

Found it. Thanks.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Melanie ()
Date: April 04, 2014 10:34PM

Hi All,

It's so good to see that others hold the old Tysons in a special place in their hearts.

The restaurant workers in the 80's were a community like no other! I am happy to say I spent my 20's in that community.
Lums/Summers/Le Mistral/Winstons............better than college!

After being away 40 some years, work brings me back to the area and I am flooded with nostalgia.

I know some of us have passed ..Denise and later Neil the love of my life. Dick Corey passed too.

If any of you out there please connect. Doug, Greg, Sue, Diane, Fran, Bobby, Scottie, Dennis, David, Hamid.........
You can never go home again, but I think of you often.

Love Melanie

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Millennial ()
Date: April 21, 2014 06:19PM

It's funny how history repeats itself- they opened up a Spencer's near Zumiez a couple years ago when I was thirteen; my friend and I spent a good two hours laughing at the merchandise. I came across this thread because I was curious to know what my beloved home was like before it became such an urban area.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Former Resident ()
Date: April 22, 2014 07:55AM

The little soft pretzel store was usually my first stop when I'd go as a kid. Just to the west (I think) down that section was the bird cages. Across from the bird cages was a shoe store where I got my first pair of "cool kid shoes" which was a pair of blue Adidas shoes.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Tyson's Corner ()
Date: April 26, 2014 02:31AM


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Posted by: Tyson's Corner ()
Date: April 26, 2014 03:25AM


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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Matthew22213 ()
Date: October 29, 2014 12:07PM

The ice rink was located near Templeton Oldsmobile further down Route 7. It closed in the early 80's????? when Templeton bought it for dealership expansion.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Duff ()
Date: December 25, 2014 05:07PM

Shakey Pizza

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Duff ()
Date: December 25, 2014 05:38PM

Bar Mart had the Live Red Parrot

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: OldTimer ()
Date: December 26, 2014 12:41PM

Wow, this brings memories. I remember the bird cage, and Hot Shoppes next to Woodward and Lothrops, and working as a gift wrapper through high school and my first two years of college. and the woods across the street. I left for 5 years and came back and it was all replaced by concrete!

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: JONI ()
Date: February 15, 2015 08:05PM

I remember when Tyson's opened, and some psychic lady .. Jean Dixon? predicted that the huge crystal chandelier hanging (maybe outside of Hechts) was going to fall. My mother wouldn't let us go for the longest time. I remember that People's drugstore had a lunch counter; my sister worked there. I also remember the restaurant in the basement of Hecht Company - they even sold alcohol! I know, bc I used to work there. Our bosses were Dorothy and Jim. I remember the Pits .. where we'd go dirt biking. I have a hazy memory of the area where Koons Ford is (is that the one at the intersection of 7 and where you turn to get onto 123?) ... anyway - does anyone remember what used to be there? I have some memory of it being like a big dump - like a big trash pit. I don't know if it's a real memory or not .. so if anyone else remembers that, pls let me know.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Biker Mike ()
Date: March 07, 2015 10:31AM

I grew up in Pimmit Hills during the time before,while and after Tysons was built , I worked at Woolworths, Burger Chef, The sandwich Gallery,and spent lots of my formative years there hanging out. Great times. Very heart warming reading everyone's comments. Had dinner at Flemings last Friday with some old friends and we talked of all those places; the Pits, Evans Farm Inn, Wilsons leather etc. Glad so many remember those great times as a teenager.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: NS 13 ()
Date: March 07, 2015 11:03AM

Who else got attacked by that mean goose at Evans Farm Inn? Remember barrels of candy and civil war bullets in the little store by the pond?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Never trust a goose ()
Date: March 07, 2015 11:14AM

Geese in general are mean. Everyone who went there got attacked by them. Safer on the other side of the drive where you could give apples and carrots to the horses.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Paraphernalia ()
Date: March 07, 2015 11:57AM

Does anyone remember what the name of the head shop at the back of World Imports was?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Reese ()
Date: June 10, 2015 03:23PM

The patio store next to Tyson's on Rt. 7 used to be a Roy Rogers!

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Posted by: Reese ()
Date: June 10, 2015 03:39PM

Traci, Do you remember the name of the fabric store?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Kelly ONeil ()
Date: July 09, 2015 12:28AM

I wonder if you will see this after so many years past...Okay - here's one for you. My father worked for Burger Chef until 1969 when we moved to VA where he and his partners opened Bunky O'Niels - crazy that you mentioned both! I wasn't legally old enough to work there, but got a "permit" of some sort so I could work a few hours each week. So many great friends came out of working there so many years ago !! I found Kenan Lott on here - where's the rest of you ?? Glad to hear customers have fond memories of Bunky's - I sure do !!

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: HolsterFries ()
Date: July 09, 2015 07:21AM

Reese Wrote:
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> The patio store next to Tyson's on Rt. 7 used to
> be a Roy Rogers!

That Roy Rogers is where friends and I went pretty much 5 days a week after school to get a roast beef sandwich and a holster of fries. It's likely responsible for the 20 extra pounds I carry to this day...but it was worth it.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: A While Since ()
Date: July 09, 2015 09:18AM

I bought a fishing license at the K Mart on RT. 7 in Tyson's Corner back on 1979.

It was just east of Dick Herriman Ford.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: mfjoae ()
Date: September 06, 2015 06:44PM

traffic at tysons is awful

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: 434ggg ()
Date: September 07, 2015 08:54AM

i hate the new tysons. im more old school

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: thesixties ()
Date: April 28, 2016 11:31PM

I think they removed the bird cages because it was a health hazard, the birds would fling droppings.

I didn't know Tyson's had a head shop, I would have stopped in there. A lot. Our go-to shop was Penguin Feather in Herndon. And from the head shop now we'll go to Farrell's and order The Trough. Remember when they brought it out the employees would make everyone in the dining room oink.

There was an S&H Green Stamps showroom out in the west parking lot. I seem to remember taking in a bunch of filled stamp books and leaving with a cot and sleeping bag.

Gino's/Kentucky Fried Chicken - back when the chicken was actually cooked on premises and had spicy flavor. Have you eaten at a KFC lately? It's all frozen from the commissary and I'll never eat there again.

They say you always embellish your childhood memories thinking everything was better. But Northern Virginia back in the '60s and '70s really was better. The traffic was better, the cars were better, the food was better. Even the airports were better, it was fun to fly, they fed you a meal.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Mainstream Media ()
Date: April 29, 2016 08:04PM

Theres been a lot of media attention on Fairfax Underground today so Im just bumping this excellent thread so some new eyes can see it. Sorry if this isn't allowed.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: niggar ()
Date: April 29, 2016 08:21PM

it's fine. damn this thread is making me curious. didn't go to tysons corners because i lived in fairfax and would go to fairfax mall. the oldest thing i remember is the rainforest cafe closing in 2007.

speaking of the fairfax mall, anyone remember what it was like?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: EdgarAllenYOLO ()
Date: April 02, 2017 03:47PM

If I recall correctly, there was some store on the first floor right next to Bloomingdale's that had like neon or something on the exterior and closed in the early 2000s.

I heard that it was a gym, but does anyone remember what that store was?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Joe2425235 ()
Date: April 02, 2017 09:58PM

I think the head shop in the back of World Imports was called "Bar Mart"

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: OldHighlander ()
Date: December 31, 2017 01:31AM

I just ran across this old thread. I hope it's not too late to add a memory of the area.
Before Tysons mall, there was a membership-only, no-frills discount department store called GEM (for Government Employees Mart), west of the future mall site on Rt. 7, in the building that now houses Marshall's, Payless, and recently had Sports Authority. It wasn't actually government-affiliated, but gov't employment was a criteria for getting in. I was pretty young, but I recall it looked sort of like a K-mart inside. I think it lasted into the '70s, and may have become a Memco for a while.
I think this was the first big commercial operation at Tysons, pre-dating the mall, and even the car dealerships.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: J9BMM ()
Date: December 31, 2017 07:47AM

Anyone that remembers the original multi screen movie theater (very small screens and seating area, I called it the big screen TV theater) in the back part of the -mall which was near Farrells and the parking lot outside of Lord & Taylor (now under "The Plaza", this area is still inside the mall.

This original space is now buried deep inside Tysons and it is of all things an indoor Baseball Batting Cage with 2 "lanes". It is for community use of local Little League and possibly other organization and it unmanned or un-managed. Access is from the rear of the area, near the Chiptole and the new &Pizza. The is a non-descript door with access code lock and you enter this dark black hole and have to walk down like 2-3 stories of stairs to access this spooky pitch black area until the lights are turned on.

Once in side, the area has been painted up nice, had decent lighting and netting to control the balls. What is funny is the floor is still sloped from the original theater and you can see all the anchors in the concrete from the rows of chairs. This is how I original figured out where we were inside the bowels of the mall. I had to laugh when I figured this out because I recall going to the original theaters after they opened as a younger kid around 10-11 years old back in the early 70's.

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: Vf7 ()
Date: December 31, 2017 10:58AM

Is the original southeast corner of Tyson’s Corner still there? Comparing historic aerial maps it seems like the original route 123/Chain Bridge road is now the short service road running form international drive to the lee highway service road. That corner - next to the building housing the woo law oak restaurant - would be the SE corner of the original Tyson’s Corner before the malls.

The whole triangular area bounded by chain bridge, lee highway, and international drive seems to be the last of the 1960s era buildings left. Stockyards inn anyone?

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Re: The old Tyson's Corner
Posted by: HW9FE ()
Date: December 31, 2017 05:14PM

JR's Stockyard building is still there, the restaurant closed about 4-5 years ago as I recall. I think it is vacant, but not 100% sure.

Next to Woo Law Oak, the carwash is still there and the Petsmart is in an old grocery store building.

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Posted by: YES. ()
Date: June 28, 2020 02:08PM

HW9FE Wrote:
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> JR's Stockyard building is still there, the
> restaurant closed about 4-5 years ago as I recall.
> I think it is vacant, but not 100% sure.
>
> Next to Woo Law Oak, the carwash is still there
> and the Petsmart is in an old grocery store
> building.

Yes.

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Date: June 28, 2020 08:11PM


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Posted by: To All Of My Democrat Comrades ()
Date: June 28, 2020 08:34PM

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Date: June 28, 2020 08:58PM


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Date: June 28, 2020 11:59PM

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Posted by: 20% OFF ()
Date: June 29, 2020 08:24AM

HW9FE Wrote:
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> and the Petsmart is in an old grocery store
> building.

It was a Bed Bath & Beyond back in the 90s, up until about 10-15 years ago.

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Date: June 29, 2020 06:56PM


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Date: June 30, 2020 05:00AM

Good work resurrecting a long dead thread.
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