Thursday, December 31, 2009

Vintage Postcards: Sunrise Mall Citrus Heights

Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, just outside Sacramento, California, opened in 1972. It was the area's premier shopping destination with Weinstock's anchoring the north mall, JC Penney and Liberty House to the east, and Sears occupying the south mall.

Macy's acquired the Liberty House location in 1984 and Weinstock's in 1995.

This postcard is postmarked 1987 and most likely was taken from the Macy's court, looking northward towards Weinstock's.

The back of the postcard reads: "Ultra modern, enclosed air conditioned complex affords shopping in comfort. Citrus Heights, California."

The coloring of the postcard appears yellowish, perhaps from fading. The ubiquitous Jarman appears on the right. The court features tiers of flowers, topped with four oversized electric candles.

The geometric patterns on the ceiling and lighting reminds me of Krypton in the movie Superman. The ceiling was heavily remodeled in 1999 and the only reminder of these patterns is the tiled floor, which was barely touched by the 1999 remodel.


Visit my review of Sunrise Mall.

See the current aerial view.


Steven Swain said...

The only thing that could make that postcard more '70s would be some cute, long haired girl in plaid bell bottoms and clogs staring at the candle flower sculpture. Very nice.

Marty Kobata said...

THere was an article about this mall in Sunday's Sacramento Bee:

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if Birdcage Walk accross the street from Sunrise was a mall or just an early strip mall or power center ?

BIGMallrat said...

I have a Birdcage Walk mall directory from when it was considered an open-air mall. I'll post it later for you to decide

Anonymous said...

Birdcage Walk was an open air mall with Macy's at the south end and Montgomery Ward at the north end.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I lived in EDH from 1980 to 1988. Even tho I think this shot was taken a few years b4 my time there, it really brought back a lot of good memories from Citrus Heights in the 80s. Those geo-white lights were seriously the coolest thing, along with that majestic fountain.

After convincing my mom to leave me there while she shopped(unattended I know crazy huh ppl actually let their kids off the leash once in a while back in the 80s), I would stand there &stare at both(&if memory serves some type of modern, 80s, massive &shimmery metallic-shard hanging mobile in that same area, contemplating how I was going to sneak down there &slip and slide my way to acquiring the tossed-in coin fortune, that I imagined went into 6-figures(basically a million by 80s standards lol).

If I'm not mistaken, I think there was a Parklane Hoisery, across from that Jarman Shoe store during my time there. Plenty of sexy 80s HS girls, dance class attendees & probably nite club dancers going in there to buy their 'wares'. Oh man. Such great times.

Thanks so much for finding/posting this pic!!

Darcy said...

Yes, there was a large mobile made of silver strips and then in the middle some shorter golden strips. It was shiny and beautiful and mesmerizing. That was in front of Weinstocks. Then there was the large silvery sculpture in front of JC Penny, and the mirrored wishing well fountain that the water flowed over and then it fell down blue tiled walls. It was beautiful. That was in front of Liberty House. Liberty House had an escalator with glass walls. There was a Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor at the far end, by Sears. Sears always smelled funny. Like popcorn. Oh, and there was a place that sold organs, and some middle-aged man (he seemed so old, but he was years younger than I am now, how weird) and he would play the same songs over and over on the organ, usually "Spanish Eyes." Oh, and they would give out samples of summer sausage and cheese cubes at Swiss Colony.

Anonymous said...

Um i think that sunrise mall was built in 1971 and the fountain there is still there but it is not working.i think the look of the mall is DIFFERENT.i see a jarman what is jarmans