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Thread: Great Building, Great Price, Bad Location

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    #11
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    My haunt is located in a neighborhood with similar characteristics. 2006 was my first year in operation and it did not seem to have a detrimental effect on attendance. We only had one incident where security had to escort a group off property.
    Kevin
    Sleepy Hollow Productions, LLC / Folklore Haunted House
     

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    #12
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    From you description, I would not be nearly a concerned with the location of the building as with its limitations. 50 cars is not very many for a seasonal attraction. If there is not spill over parking that can be used nearby, you will soon have a major problem.

    Be aware going in that there are some unique problems with a multi-story haunt, and you will want to take those into consideration before you sign on.
    You are going to have to deal with issues like limited handicap access, difficult evacuation procedures, and the logistics of moving both guests and staff from one floor to another. I am not saying that it can't be done, it has been, and done well, simply that there are a lot of factors to take into account.

    Dave
    Lords of Chaos, LLC
    House of Chaos Haunted Attraction
     

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    It sounds like a good deal, but you just might have a few(or several problems) involved. The multi story part could go both ways.

    You really do want to try to find more "sill-over" parking somewhere really close by. For a first year haunt, thinking 50 cars at any given time sounds like good money for you, but if you are a really good haunt, you will more than likely outgrow your parking area. That's exactly what happened to me last year-thankfully we were on a country road, and cars parked along the road. If your on a fairly busy road, then thats a deffinate no-no.
    Brad Bowen
    Owner/Operator of the Ultimate Fear Haunted House in Shreveport, LA
    www.ultimatefear.net
     

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    If the building has a flat roof you could encourage bicycle parking up there, helped of course by a winch with a monster-looking grabber claw on it, putting on another show for the customers as they wait out front.
    The monster claw would be red and drippy with a scattering of old bones on the ground where lift off is located.
     

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    #15
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    I don't know what kind of research you've done on your location regarding it's parking limitations vs. how many people you need throughput a night and how long it will take to get them through but these are things to think about if 50 cars is all you have room for. I've been doing haunts for since '91 and I've had all kinds. For profit, for fun and in many different kinds of locations. 7 different locations and some of them were great like in a 60 room mansion on an avenue that's nicknamed "Mansion row" and on the other side of the spectrum I've had events in rather bad areas. I would have to ask yourself what kind of attraction you plan to have? Trust me, I'm an optomist and this isn't a time to be optomistic. You need to know that bad neighborhoods attract an element that tend to destroy scenery and wreak havok and violence on the actors. How many times to do you want to repair sets and send cards to your actors in the hospital because they've been punched in the face OR WORSE by some little punk. No matter what kind of admission you charge, they still pay and they still will make you nervous and drive fearfull suberbians away in droves. Also, keep in mind that you probably won't make money the first year and maybe not even the second. So really take a look at the neighborhood and really analyze your dynamic. It may pay to wait for a better building in a more central location with more parking. Go with your realistic gut. Good luck!

    James Lurgio
    Nightmare Productions
     

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    Aggressive groups of people from 50 miles away can also end up in confrontations in very rural settings, as told to me. All the local county mounties had to be called to stop the BS.
    These two groups just didn't like each other at all, and they all had driven away from home, only to meet up again, in the country.
    You just never know?
     

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    Sounds like it would be worth getting. Parking may not be the greatest but is there other lots or street parking available? Most of the haunted houses I've been to in Kansas City people say oh thats a bad side of town or there in a rough part of K.C. But I've never experienced anything bad attending the Beast or Edge of Hell. They have paid police officers on hand. So you might have to go that route. If it keeps down on the riff raff.
    Damon
    Damon Carson
     

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    I have no idea if it was prompted by some bad experience or not but one I went to that sees 20,000 to 30,000 have the walk thru and hand held metal detection equipment just like you are going into the court house. This was done by police and if you had some item to declare it was put in the trunk of their car with your driver's license to reclaim it.

    The trunk was kind of full of stuff and weighted down. My what big knives other people are carrying to look cool.


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