Aladdin’s Castle

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Aladdin’s Castle, formerly of Columbia Place, died peacefully Dec. 31, 1996, occupied by family and friends down to the last day.

Born in the 1980s in what used to be known as Columbia Mall on Two Notch Road in Columbia, S.C., Aladdin’s Castle was a well-known prominent arcade in the community that served the general populace for birthday parties and fighting game tournaments.

Aladdin’s Castle also was the site for bubblegum blowing contests and featured the latest games of the day including Mortal Kombat II, Mortal Kombat 3 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Killer Instinct and Primal Rage.

Aladdin’s Castle is survived by the Columbia Place food court.

Graveside funeral services were held Jan. 1, 1997, at Columbia Place.

Barrel of Fun

COLUMBIA — The former Barrel of Fun departed this life in the 1990s.

Born sometime after 1970, Barrel of Fun was from the Dutch Square Mall area of Columbia, S.C. A source of endless amusement, Barrel of Fun featured real monkeys and was once a pet store. Featuring a distinctive barrel-shaped archway, Barrel of Fun was known as a secondary source of entertainment in the mall, which still stands today. Barrel of Fun is survived by its logo only, located in a workshop in Columbia.

Funeral services were held in the late 1990s in Dutch Square Mall.