Gateway Theatre of Shopping

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Gateway Theatre of Shopping
Gateway Theatre of Shopping - Logo.jpg
Back Exterior - Courtyard - October 2018
Back Exterior - Courtyard - October 2018
Alternative namesGateway
General information
LocationUmhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Address1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga
Town or cityUmhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal
CountrySouth Africa
Construction started3 March 1998
InauguratedSeptember 2001
RenovatedApril 2003, 2009, late 2018
OwnerOld Mutual Property
Technical details
Floor area186,526 m2 (2,007,750 sq ft) [1]
Design and construction
Architecture firmJohnson Murray Architects (original mall) CHT Architects (various major alterations 2003–2011) Stauch Vorster Architects (Gateway Hotel)
Structural engineerTorbell Stretch
Main contractorGrinaker LTA
Renovating team
ArchitectStan Hayman ; Umesh Ramnath
Renovating firmCHT Architects
Other information
Number of stores460 stores [2]
Parking12,000 spaces

Gateway Theatre of Shopping or Gateway is a shopping centre located on Umhlanga Ridge in Umhlanga, north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Gateway Theatre of Shopping is one of the top 100 largest malls in the world. The shopping centre is currently under its 5th and largest expansion in 16 years.[3]

Gateway sees more than two million visitors coming through its doors per month.[4] The centre was modeled on the Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall centres and was developed by Old Mutual Properties.[5]

The construction and opening of Gateway Theatre of Shopping has also been the driving force for many new developments in the area. Originally a sugar cane plantation, the establishment of Gateway on the site has led to the development of a new town centre and both commercial and residential developments within the region. There is also a hotel attached to the mall called the Gateway Hotel operated by the Three Cities Group.[6]

Mall contents[edit]

Gateway has 18 movie theatres, 6 Nouveau Theatres, more than 90 restaurants, more than 450 stores, an arcade and theme park, indoor fun fair, a 4000 sq. metre skate park designed by Tony Hawk, 2 Flow Riders, a gym, the highest fountain in Africa, valet parking,[7] a vortex tunnel (the first of its kind in n South Africa[8][9]) and a science theme park.[10]

Mall map


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Gateway". eThekwini Online. City of Durbin. Archived from the original on 9 July 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Global award for Gateway Theatre of Shopping". Old Mutual. 28 March 2003. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
  6. ^ Clur, Belinda (2007). "South African Property Market Continues to Sizzle". Research Review. International Council of Shopping Centers. 14 (2): 67. Retrieved 6 February 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Valet Parking". Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Archived from the original on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  8. ^ Vortex Tunnel The Entertainer; retrieved 1 May 2021
  9. ^ 5 things to do for the last few days of holiday at; retrieved 1 May 2021
  10. ^ "Zulu Kingdom tourism site".

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°43′32″S 31°04′00″E / 29.725589°S 31.066547°E / -29.725589; 31.066547