PHOENIX — The adventures of Phoenix's Metrocenter mall may be coming to an end soon, but it can't really end without some good wishes from the movie duo that made it famous -- at least here locally.
For those that have not heard, Metrocenter mall, which was once considered to be the largest mall in Arizona, will permanently close on June 30.
Aside from being home to stores, shops, and at one point an ice skating rink, the mall also served as one of the shooting locations for the 1989 cult classic, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
Not familiar? Here's a quick-to-the-point synopsis from an anonymous user via IMDB:
Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.
The film starred a young Keanu Reaves and Alex Winter.
Production actually took place at several locations around the Valley, including a Circle K in Tempe, Golfland-Sunplash in Mesa, Coronado High School in Scottsdale, and a bowling alley in Tempe. (In 2019, Phoenix New Times published a cover story celebrating the film's 30th anniversary that features interviews with some of the crew. )
A sequel, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, was released in 1991.
Three decades later, the dude duo is back for a third installment, Bill and Ted Face the Music, which is set to be released on August 14. We'll embed the trailer below.
On Friday, June 24, the "Bill and Ted 3" Twitter account paid a short tribute to the mall in a tweet.
Metrocenter Mall in Phoenix, Arizona; where the mall scenes in Excellent Adventure were filmed, will be closing its doors on June 30th, after 47 years in business. It will be most missed.— Bill & Ted 3 (@BillandTed3) June 24, 2020
Here is the trailer for Bill and Ted Face the Music.