How Many Of You Remember This Place Growing Up In Colorado?

The Cinderella City Mall was once the largest indoor shopping center between Chicago and Los Angeles. And for the Denver Colorado Metropolitan area it was colossal! Over 200 stores, 3 levels and 5 wings with their own names and character.
Shamrock Mall, Gold Mall, Blue Mall, Rose Mall and the infamous Cinder Alley, which happily catered to the alternative crowd.

Located in the south suburb of Englewood, it was located on the northwest corner of Broadway and Hampden, a busy intersection.

Opening in 1968, there was nothing like it in the Rocky Mountain West. With a 35 foot fountain, it seemed like a classy establishment in it’s day.

…but times change and within 20 years a lot of superior malls were springing up all over Denver, rendering Cinderella City quaint and even old and dangerous. There was always the fear that the flimsy 2 story parking garage could collapse causing some serious mayhem.

I worked there many times drawing my caricatures, including 2 Christmases in a row; 1991 and ’92.

This footage was shot on Dec. 23rd ’91 when the mall was peaking in one of it’s last strong holiday seasons. I was set up at the east entrance by Arby’s and Dairy Queen.

See how many landmarks, and areas you recognize in the mall. I didn’t have time to shoot much (customers were waiting to be drawn on one of the last busy days) but I did get much of the Center court area and the Blue Mall.

I seem to be one of the few, if not ONLY one with footage of the Famous Cinderella City. If anyone else has some old film or video of this Colorado icon, please upload.

Thanks,

Sam Klemke

108 comments
Gerald Peterson
Gerald Peterson

my Dad ran Bumpers in early 80's off and on I worked there on the bumper cars and got my fingers into fixing arcade games

Ed Annd Sharon Dennis
Ed Annd Sharon Dennis

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor eating a ZOO!! Tandy Leather store; loved the smell in there. Spencer's Gift Store in the Alley!!! Many a great time.

Alan Ingles
Alan Ingles

Bought many a record at Budget Tapes and Records there...

Mark Morris
Mark Morris

Loved it....remember it well...miss it.

Brandy Lynn
Brandy Lynn

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Phil McGehee
Phil McGehee

I remember as I was raised in Englewood. This took away the old Denny Miller baseball fields, the Englewood City Park, the Englewood swimming pool, the Englewood train and just a great place to spend summers. But progress was needed I suppose and Cinderella City came about. Loved it just as much but again progress came and we now have the active New Englewood City Center. Oh and Englewood City Hall is the old May D&F part of Cinderella City.

Dorothy Alawaji
Dorothy Alawaji

Yuuup! Had two jewelry stores there in the I'd eighties. My kids loved the huge merry go round and jumping balls area. Holidays were beautiful and they loved taking pictures with Santa!

Lenni Bower
Lenni Bower

Loved Cinder Alley. Bought my first piece of Dragon jewelry there,still my favorite piece.

John Jansen
John Jansen

Worked at kg men's store there in 1989. Met John Denver. Had crush on BDalton girl across the way.

Mariah Canfield-Jones
Mariah Canfield-Jones

I loved going to Cinderella City mall as a child in the 1980s into the 1990s, I loved just hanging out in Fusion Comics, I remember just sitting there reading books like Mermaid's Scar, Vampire Princess Miyu, Batman and many others. Fantastic Nathan's was there, then there was the Magic shop....my family would go there for an entire day. My family loved it, I loved the two story merry-go-round

Lynn Atherton
Lynn Atherton

It was the first mall I regularly shopped at from the time we arrived in Denver in June, 1971.

Molly Divine
Molly Divine

It was closer to Santa Fe than Broadway by a long shot, just north of Hampden.

Marian Rizza
Marian Rizza

Spent a lot of time there. Place where all three of my kids were introduced to sitting on Santa's lap....good memories!

Steven Cooper
Steven Cooper

I had the Navy recruiting office on Galapago. Spend many hours there.

Sidney Rauzin
Sidney Rauzin

worked at village inn pancake house at cin city when I was little and went there with my mom I would go hang out by the fountain

Ali Daly
Ali Daly

Fantastic Nathan's was in there. Funnest place ever.

Dan Orr
Dan Orr

First job - Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor. Ticketmaster inside Budget Records in Cinder Alley, camping out for seats. The fountain in the center of the mall. Zeezo's Magic Castle in Cinder Alley. The arcades...Funway Freeway in the original Cinder Alley, then Bumpers at the end of the Rose mall. Or Shamrock? Woolworth's lunch counter. Wags restaurant. Karmel Korn. Awesome memories...

Mike Padalecki
Mike Padalecki

Probably more of us remember Cin City, than the admins of this page do.

Jill Sanderson Millsap
Jill Sanderson Millsap

Cinderella City was my favorite mall to go to when I was a child in the 1970's... Mainly because of the amazing fountain!

Jo Anne Woolsey
Jo Anne Woolsey

I tremendous going there and always in awe. Was the place to go

Kathleen Foster Thompson
Kathleen Foster Thompson

I spent many hours of my childhood there. I actually have dreams that take place there :)

Andrea Morroni
Andrea Morroni

Remember when it was being built and when it opened.

Ron Moon
Ron Moon

Spent many a Sat afternoon near the arcade in my teens.

Toni Darnell
Toni Darnell

I also worked there at the old Denver Dry. Many moons ago. I miss the old lady.

Sharyl Haberl Lee
Sharyl Haberl Lee

Oh how I miss that place. Never able to share with my kids places I went to growing up.

Schoonover Kenneth
Schoonover Kenneth

Bought some of my LP records at the Independent Records store in Cinder Alley.

Shauna Brennan
Shauna Brennan

Thank you for sharing! I loved going to the mall, grew up in Englewood. Farrell's ice cream was great!

Doris Niederhaus
Doris Niederhaus

I remember it very well, went often till it seemed that the top was caving in, then was too scared to park there, Loved the Villa more.

Ann Robertson Prince
Ann Robertson Prince

Loved going there. My dad was a dj at the radio station that was right there in the mall for awhile

Herk Almgren
Herk Almgren

Enjoyed the tour, also shopped at Villa Italia, and The fabulous Westland shopping Center.

Herk Almgren
Herk Almgren

Used to do all our Christmas shopping there.

Jessica Becker
Jessica Becker

I do worked there almost 10 years those were the days