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Location DB > United States > Texas > Arlington > Forum 303 Mall
Forum 303 Mall
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created by Happiedaze on 12/23/2006 3:27 AM
last modified by Happiedaze on 12/1/2007 1:13 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Its a mall... thats closed.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Arlington, Texas
United States
Owner: City of Arlington
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  • water
  • air quality
  • Slippery floors
  •  Interesting Features
    This mall looks like everyone just stepped out for a lunch break. The vacant stores give it a creepy feeling, however some stores still have original 'everything' still in them. There is a movie theater that is pretty cool to see and there is no tagging anywhere to be found. There are lots of pretty colors and the architecture is quite attractive.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • part-time guard
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1970
    Closed: 2005
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • Extra batteries for flashlight... some of the places are really dark.
  •  Recommended Equipment

    This mall was built in 1970 and did fairly well. It was anchored by a Dillard's, Wards, and Wilson's (later Service Merchandise). The Parks at Arlington Mall was built on the other side of town around 1988. Afterwards, Forum 303 fell into decline.

    In 1998, the Forum mall was converted into Festival Marketplace, an indoor flea-market/bazaar type of venue. That flopped as well, as Traders' Village, a nationally (and possibly internationally) reknowned flea market was only a couple miles away. What kept the mall limping for a few more years was actually the Dillard's--which converted to a "clearance center" around the same time. The Dillard's Clearance Center relocated to nearby Six Flags Mall and things went downhill for Festival from there.

    Last summer, Forum 303/Festival Marketplace Mall abruptly shut its doors. Apparently the air conditioning system broke and the owners felt that the mall isn't worth putting more money into. So instead of fixing the AC, they just told tenants to pack up and get out!

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     Future Plans
    As of 4/11/07 channel 5 news reported the mall will soon be demolished to make way for office buildings.
    My memories of 303
    Sat, Dec 23rd, 2006
    posted by Edmond_Dantes
    Our trip to the Festival
    Sat, Dec 23rd, 2006
    posted by Happiedaze

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     Photo Galleries
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    Photos by Happiedaze
    Sat, Dec 23rd, 2006
    posted by Happiedaze
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    Sat, Dec 23rd, 2006
    posted by Happiedaze
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    Getting ready to say goodbye...
    Sun, Aug 26th, 2007
    posted by Happiedaze
    10 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/1/2007 12:47 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Dec 1 07 at 12:47, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 1 07 at 1:13, Happiedaze changed the following: Status, Recommendation
  • on Nov 4 07 at 16:09, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 4 07 at 5:22, Happiedaze changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Hazards, Interesting Features, Security Measures
  • on Nov 4 07 at 5:21, Happiedaze made this location public
  • on Aug 27 07 at 15:54, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Aug 26 07 at 16:16, Happiedaze updated gallery picture Mall5
  • on Aug 26 07 at 16:16, Happiedaze updated gallery picture Seats1
  • on Aug 26 07 at 16:16, Happiedaze updated gallery picture Mall4
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