Rundle Mall has a special place in every South Australian’s heart, did you know these 5 facts about our premier shopping and dining destination?
1. Prior to 1972 Rundle Mall was an extension of Rundle Street. The mall as we know it opened September 1st, 1976 and measures 520 metres from Pulteney Street to King William Street.
2. Adelaide Arcade was one of the first city buildings with electric lighting and once featured underground tearooms which you can still catch a glimpse of through a glass floor panel.
3. The four iconic bronze pigs that call Rundle Mall home were brought to life by Marguerite Derricourt and the piece is officially known as ‘A Day Out’. The pigs were individually named through a public competition and we now know them as; Truffles (the standing pig), Horatio (the sitting pig), Oliver (the pig at the bin) and Augusta (the trotting pig).
4. Over its history Rundle Mall has been home to 7 different movie theatres. Only three of the original buildings still stand – now repurposed as shops. Most notably, Regent Arcade was once Regent Theatre!
5. The Rundle Lantern is made up of 748 square panels activated by an LED system and runs on 100% green power. In recent years ‘Tweet the Lantern’ has been created so you can tweet @Rundlelantern with a number of special hashtags, then minutes later receive a reply from the Lantern on Twitter with the time your animation will be played.