Sherman Oaks, California: When the Muzak Died

At the Galleria mall, where Nick Cage once got the girl, it's closeout time

The escalators where Julie dumped Tommy in Valley Girl were nearly empty the other day. Tommy himself has probably never been back after the way Julie dumped him for Nicolas Cage: "It's like, I'm totally not in love with you anymore."

Three flights up at the Galleria mall in Sherman Oaks, Calif., where Sean Penn played a surf dude whose diet consisted entirely of junk food and dope in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the food court was dead. You almost wished Spicoli, the crazy pothead, would show up, and scrounge a few burgers.

Of all the malls in all...

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