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  1. Question Would you buy this place? 
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    I've been looking for a place to start a haunt and have come across a unique real estate opportunity and would appreciate your feedback.

    13 years ago, the county built a new, shiny, modern incarceration facility on the outskirts of town. The old jail, which was built in the late 60's, has recently come on the market and is in our price range. It's a few blocks from downtown and is roughly 8500 square feet. It still has all the original cells, bars, visiting booths, and impenetrable metal doors. (With just the right amount of peeling paint and rust, I might add.) I've been inside and it was delightfully creepy in broad daylight.

    At first blush, it seems like a great location. I mean, how often do you have the chance to buy a jail?! But I have some concerns. For one, the layout of the cell area (1/4 of the building) is pretty much set in stone: one way in, one path to follow once you're in, and one way out. We wouldn't have as many options for changing things up from year to year as we would in most environments. I also wonder if it would make getting the fire marshal's approval even more difficult. The whole building was designed to keep people IN and doesn't lend itself to convenient fire escapes.

    So what are your thoughts on this? Is the novelty of having a haunted jail in an authentic jail worth the limitations that such a structure imposes? If you were considering buying it, what would your concerns be?
     

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    I think you said the answer yourself. Likely hard to evacuate and hard to change up year to year.
     

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    It's a great publicity opportunity that's hard to get anywhere else and would allow you to have a solid Year 1. But then you do have to make sure that it's a good longterm location- maybe after a decent year 1 you could put some money into it to make it a little more flexible?
    Mike Quill
    Fear Town Haunted House
     

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    Easy Peasy! Cut your doors in with a cement cutter. Before buying...take the fire marshal there and ask.

    I would buy if the money is right

    stew
     

  5. Default one of the best 
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    haunted house is in one of the oldest prisons eastern state penitentiary. Works for them.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathstaste View Post
    haunted house is in one of the oldest prisons eastern state penitentiary. Works for them.

    Took the words right outta my mouth! They do it and do it right! You don't have to always change the theme if you can update and improve sets and make people feel like they're getting a new or reasonably priced experience.

    Take the fire marshal there and see what he would recommend, if he's friendly to the idea go at it with full force! It can't have a capacity problem if it held thousands of felons at one point in time, right? Lol
     

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    LOL. I think about Eastern State Penitentiary every time I look at the place, though I don't think it's an accurate comparison. Historically, architecturally, and dimensionally it's just not even close. The facility probably maxed out around 30 inmates back in it's hay day and was closer to The Andy Griffith Show than The Shawshank Redemption.

    Still though, I think I could have a lot of fun with it.

    I may not be able to make drastic changes to the size and the architecture, but I can sure play up the history. You know, what with the scandal that caused the county to close the doors 13 years ago . . . all those dead inmates . . . and the way the Sheriff and his Deputy managed to disappear, never to be seen again . . . I wonder what ever happened to them?

    Plus it'd make a great zombie apocalypse bunker.
     

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  9. Default What he said! 
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    Quote Originally Posted by drfrightner View Post
    Post some pictures. Larry
    Pictures and layout.
     

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    Unfortunately, when the realtor showed it to us, we were so busy looking and exploring that we didn't think to actually take any pics. Three of us with smart phones in our pockets and we didn't get a single picture! Gheesh! So all I've got to show you are some outside pics, which are not nearly as interesting as the inside pics.2013-10-30 07.48.44.jpgjail.jpg
     

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