Glendale Galleria

Glendale Galleria

The Glendale Galleria from across S. Central Ave. looking westward.
General information
Location Glendale, California, USA
Address 100 W Broadway Suite 700
Coordinates 34°8′45.22″N 118°15′29.82″W / 34.1458944°N 118.2582833°W / 34.1458944; -118.2582833Coordinates: 34°8′45.22″N 118°15′29.82″W / 34.1458944°N 118.2582833°W / 34.1458944; -118.2582833
Construction started 1973[1]
Opened October 14, 1976 (1976-10-14)[2]
Owner General Growth Properties[3]
Technical details
Floor count 3
Floor area 1.6 million ft²
Design and construction
Architect ELS Architecture, Kevin Kennon Architects[4]
Other information
Parking 6500 spots

The Glendale Galleria is a large three-story regional shopping mall located in downtown Glendale, California, USA. It is the fourth largest mall in Los Angeles County after Westfield Topanga, Lakewood Center and Del Amo Fashion Center.


Developed by Glendale Associates, a partnership between J.S. Griffiths Co, Broadway Hale Stores and M.J. Brock & Sons,[5] the mall opened on October 14, 1976.[2][3] The architect was Jon Jerde,[6] who credited his design to a Ray Bradbury essay on reviving retail districts.[7][8] The mall began with four anchor stores: Buffum's and The Broadway, which opened in August 1976; Ohrbach's, which opened in October, 1976; and JCPenney, which opened in November of that year.[9]

The Galleria's first expansion, Galleria II, was completed in 1983.[9] It expanded a wing of the mall and added another anchor store, Nordstrom.[10] The first Panda Express restaurant opened in Galleria II in the same year, on level 3 near Bloomingdale's.

Mall scenes in the 1984 film Cloak & Dagger were filmed in the Galleria.

The first Disney Store opened in the Glendale Galleria on March 28, 1987. By 1990, the mall was 1,600,000 square feet (150,000 m2) in size, and had annual revenues of $350 million.[11]

Glendale Galleria was selected by Apple Inc. as the location of one of the first two Apple Stores in the world (along with Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Virginia); both officially opened on May 19, 2001.[12] This mall also includes the first three-story Target in the United States, which opened in July 2007.


The mall is anchored by four department stores (with one under construction) and has over 200 specialty stores.

Ohrbach's was also an original anchor. Its former location was demolished and the area was converted to another wing of the mall with smaller stores. Nordstrom originally opened in 1983 and was formerly located in the Galleria before relocating next door to the Americana at Brand in 2013.[16]


  1. "Glendale Galleria timeline: 1972: Galleria project...". Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  2. 1 2 "Glendale Galleria Mall Opens to Public". Los Angeles Times. October 13, 1976. Retrieved March 11, 2010. ("A milestone event in Southland retail merchandising will take place in Glendale on Thursday, October 14, when the 1,000-foot long shopping mall of the $70-million Glendale Galleria...")
  3. 1 2 Brent Hopkins (October 27, 2009). "Mall for a new generation". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved March 11, 2010. ("This all led to the 1976 birth of the Glendale Galleria, the super-regional mall so huge it extended across several city blocks. ... General Growth Properties Inc., owner of the Glendale Galleria")
  4. "Glendale Galleria - RSM Design". Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  5. "Financing Set for Galleria in Glendale". Los Angeles Times. June 2, 1974. Retrieved March 11, 2010.
  6. Lieberman, Paul; Efron, Sonni (March 10, 2000). "MOMA to Advise Tokyo Museum et al.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 11, 2010. ("Los Angeles area's mega-mall expert, Jon Jerde, designer of Universal City's CityWalk, the Westside Pavilion and Glendale Galleria")
  7. Weller, Sam. The Bradbury chronicles: the life of Ray Bradbury p.292 (William Morrow 2005) (ISBN 978-0060545819)
  8. Bradbury, Ray. "The Pomegranate Architect". The Paris Review. Archived from the original on 2015-01-30.
  9. 1 2 "Glendale Galleria timeline: 1972: Galleria project...". tribunedigital-glendalenews-press. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  10. GROVES, MARTHA (1987-12-21). "Months of Planning Come to End as Glendale Galleria Packs 'Em In". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  11. Andrea Adelson (July 8, 1990). "Glendale, Calif.; 2 Office Towers Rising at Last". The New York Times. Retrieved March 11, 2010.
  12. Joe Wilcox. "Does Apple have a future in retail? - CNET News". Retrieved November 14, 2012.

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