Footbridge saved from mall where ‘Dawn of the Dead’ was shot

U.S. director George A Romero poses for portraits at the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Arash Radpour)

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The last visible feature of a suburban Pittsburgh mall that appeared in George Romero’s 1978 zombie classic “Dawn of the Dead” is being given new life.

A small footbridge from the Monroeville Mall will be removed and taken to the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.

The footbridge is being taken down as part of a multimillion-dollar renovation meant to revitalize the mall about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Romero has said he chose a mall for much of the film’s undead action to serve as social commentary on mindless commercialism.

It wasn’t immediately clear where or how the footbridge will be displayed at the museum, which focuses on western Pennsylvania history. The bridge will be packed up and moved on Wednesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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