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  1. Question Would you buy this place? 
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Marshalltown, Iowa
    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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    Jul 2010
    Hartford CT
    I think you said the answer yourself. Likely hard to evacuate and hard to change up year to year.

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    Oct 2003
    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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    Mar 2012
    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


  5. Default one of the best 
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    haunted house is in one of the oldest prisons eastern state penitentiary. Works for them.

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    Mar 2010
    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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