I found an interesting video searching for "White Flint Mall" on YouTube. Videographer Mike Purks somehow was able to get inside the wreckage of White Flint Mall, and fly a drone over and through the gutted structure, as well. The result is an impressive trip through a temporary monument to greed and the urbanization of the suburbs.
Among the recognizable objects you'll notice during the flyover and fly-through: the iconic and stylish center elevator, escalators, and a few letters that remain in place over the entrance to the now-obliterated Turbo Theater at Dave and Buster's.
I do wonder how it was possible to film this. In the experience of other sincere fans of the mall I've spoken to, it's been nearly impossible to get any photos of the mall exterior in recent months. The minute you enter the parking lot and pause for even a second, a security guard aggressively drives right toward you.
In contrast, check out a few interesting moments in the Mike Purks video. Notice that white Dodge Charger patrolling near the mall structure in the opening scenes? That's the usually-aggressive security vehicle.
Yet, you'll notice he doesn't bother Purks, even as he proceeds to place a drone on the ground and - one assumes - operate it to lift off toward the mall. I find this incredible. They've been trying to stop people who just want to take a cellphone picture for posterity of the mall from a safe distance in the lot, but they let somebody actually operate a drone through the mall structure itself, a sealed-off demolition zone, to boot?
Also, look carefully when the camera approaches to actually enter the mall structure at 0:56 - in the right glass panel, you can see a person reflected in the glass. So some of this was filmed by someone actually walking on or through parts of the mall? How? Wouldn't that be extremely dangerous, as well as illegal at this point?
I just wonder if he had some kind of clearance or permission from Lerner to do this, given the apparent time it would have taken to film all of this.
However it was done, fans of White Flint Mall are glad for what is likely a final photographic record of this great mall.
Part 1: Where it all began
Part 30: The final hours of Dave and Buster's