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The Mall in Columbia 50th anniversary celebration | PHOTOS

Crystal Freeman, part of the cast of Godspell, perform in conjunction with Toby's Dinner Theater, during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
(Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)

The Mall in Columbia 50th anniversary celebration | PHOTOS

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The Mall in Columbia is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month after opening in 1971.
(Karl Merton Ferron)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
Crystal Freeman, part of the cast of Godspell, perform in conjunction with Toby's Dinner Theater, during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
Crystal Freeman, part of the cast of Godspell, perform in conjunction with Toby's Dinner Theater, during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
An interior view during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
An interior view during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
Samantha Crane of Landover takes a photo of Mackenzie Crane, 11 and Jeremiah DeVries of Columbia who wait for the Venetian Carousel to start on the second floor level during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
Samantha Crane of Landover takes a photo of Mackenzie Crane, 11 and Jeremiah DeVries of Columbia who wait for the Venetian Carousel to start on the second floor level during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
Dean Turner, known as the Dean of Magic, gives Brooklyn Mindley, 2 (visiting local friends from Atlanta with her mother Jennifer Mindley) balloons during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
Dean Turner, known as the Dean of Magic, gives Brooklyn Mindley, 2 (visiting local friends from Atlanta with her mother Jennifer Mindley) balloons during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
The Venetian Carousel runs on the second floor levelduring a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
The Venetian Carousel runs on the second floor levelduring a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
The Venetian Carousel runs on the second floor level during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
The Venetian Carousel runs on the second floor level during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
The Venetian Carousel runs on the second floor level during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
The Venetian Carousel runs on the second floor level during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
Karen Dang of Laurel smiles from beneath her mask upon being selected from a raffle for a Pandora bracelet during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
Karen Dang of Laurel smiles from beneath her mask upon being selected from a raffle for a Pandora bracelet during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
Whether or not a direct result of the impact of coronavirus, one of several stores sit vacant, awaiting tenants on the second floor level during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
Whether or not a direct result of the impact of coronavirus, one of several stores sit vacant, awaiting tenants on the second floor level during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
An interior view during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
An interior view during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
An exterior view of one of the newer areas during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
An exterior view of one of the newer areas during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
A view of the iconic clock near where the main fountain used to be, during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
A view of the iconic clock near where the main fountain used to be, during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
Catherine Carr, known as The Juggling Kat, juggles during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
Catherine Carr, known as The Juggling Kat, juggles during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
An exterior view of one of the newer areas during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
An exterior view of one of the newer areas during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
Crystal Freeman, part of the cast of Godspell, perform in conjunction with Toby's Dinner Theater, during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
Crystal Freeman, part of the cast of Godspell, perform in conjunction with Toby's Dinner Theater, during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
An interior view looking through the second storey roof of one of the iconic pyramids during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
An interior view looking through the second storey roof of one of the iconic pyramids during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
A view of the food court area, during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
A view of the food court area, during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
Columbia Mall celebrates 50 years of ups (and some downs)
A view of the iconic clock near where the main fountain used to be, during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
A view of the iconic clock near where the main fountain used to be, during a short program celebrating fifty years of the opening of the Mall in Columbia Sat., Sept. 18, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
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