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Abandoned HBO Soundstage for "The Wire"

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Jan. 1st, 2009 | 07:20 pm
posted by: thehoodwatch in abandonedplaces





So I found out yesterday that the soundstage for "The Wire" still existed. I wasted no time in visiting it and was there almost less than 24 hours. It's one of my favorite TV shows ever and I had to see this before everyone ruined it. The building is also scheduled for demolition and they are going to build a super market on it.

Set for Season 5 "Baltimore Sun" Newspaper room...






The Sun is a real newspaper, it is our newspaper here in Baltimore. Season 5 is all about how much The Sun sucks...


From when everyone was getting laid off and they wanted to protest...


Offices...




RIP McNulty...






They are just tons of pictures of chairs and couches...


No that is not post-war Germany, that is East Baltimore. There is a certain "Clothing Factory" in that photo. This is now sitting in my living room...


One part schedule of the closing operations, one part guest book...


This is the actual soundstage. Notice how the rooms are up on top of the wooded frames I guess so they can run electrical wires and stuff under them easily...




Carcetti was the councilman who became Mayor in Season 4...


No idea what this is but it has a picture of a gas mask...


Police department set with my tripod in the reflection. Not much I could do...


Homicide division, this is where the magic happens...


McNulty's mailbox...


I'm pretty damn sure this was McNulty's desk, and/or was the desk of Bunk or someone else important. I think that sticker says "America, together we are number one." I will have to re-watch the show some day and see if I can see that in the background...




Evidence photos of the homeless murders and a couple others. Notice the red ribbon from Season 5. I'm pretty damn sure some of these got screen time up close. I took 3 of them...


I think this was from the District Attorney sets...


Another shot of the homicide office...


This is the conference room where all the higher ups of the police department would yell at the other guys and tell them what a shitty job they were doing...


A flashlight shining on the door of the Homicide Division then flipped in reverse...


This is the interogation room. They would beat up the suspects sometimes. Bubbles tried to hang himself in one of them...




I should note this place was DARK. Photos make it look like it has the lights on but those are just skylights letting in light from outside. Most of these exposures are on a tripod at 30 seconds. Some even had to be pushed in photoshop to be bright enough. I was going to hit this up again but it appeared that they had returned and set it up for use in a new show.

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transcribe

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from: transcribe
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
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Very interesting! Thank you!

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TXKink

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from: txkink
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
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man, that's some great stuff they left behind....

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valerie

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from: valree
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
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Wow, that is super great. Thanks for sharing.

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Ground control

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from: deviant_man
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
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Wow! Thank you!

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Ponee

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from: featherfire
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
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I'd never even heard of this show (I don't watch HBO at all), but this was a fascinating set of photos. It's weird that they just left all that stuff behind...did you take anything else?

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hoodwatch

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from: thehoodwatch
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
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No just the "poster" which is actually just a bunch of inkjet printouts glued to a piece of poster board but I thought it was cool. I'm sure it would end up in a dumpster otherwise.

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VICTOR

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from: lightworship
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
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I JUST finished watching season 1. Great show, kind of a Law and Order meets The Shield.
Did that white couch have a little blue highlighter mark on it or am i thinking of another couch? Ha

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chris

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from: und1sk0
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
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oh its much, much more than that. hope you enjoy season 2 and keep watching!

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Julio Fuckfullnames

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from: shootpplnotdope
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
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I've never watched that show, but as a stagehand I do appreciate this set in particular. By the way, you're one of the most ambitious and active frontiersmen of exploring and documenting these places I've seen in a while, hah. Good job once again.

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hoodwatch

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from: thehoodwatch
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
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Everyone of these sets is "old" that I have posted except my first set from a TB Hospital which was the night after I took them I think. I don't want to give the impression that I'm out every day taking these pictures. I attempt to go exploring once every weekend but cold weather has put a stop to that and it's been much slower recently. I'm trying to get a new crew together to go out since the old group fell apart.

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from: lisavollrath
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
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Oh, I loved that show. Thanks for posting.

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chris

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from: und1sk0
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
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i would have looted that place like bunk on a bender

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Hurricane Siobhan

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from: siobhan_1
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
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That was an awesome show. Thanks for posting these.

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C Fu

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from: va_ronin
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
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One of the most interesting posts here in a long time - I lOVED this show! I would have kept SO much of that stuff, lol!

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from: jollyroger11
date: May. 21st, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
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I agree im well happy i came across this blog
Southend Glaziers

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Sweet Lime

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from: militantmonkey
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
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Wow, that is super cool! I would have totally smuggled a little souvenir out if I was there!

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Katto

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from: aakatto
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
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wow. best! ty!

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realbruts

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from: realbruts
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
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Love your flashlight projection shot!! Very creative!

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