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Forums Pre-Production Forum Empty Shopping Mall – UK/USA/South Africa

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  • James Player

    Hey guys. Wondering if any of you can help with any leads on a deserted shopping mall.

    We’re shooting a feature set entirely in this one location – through the shops, walkways, rooftop, basement etc. Originally we planned to shoot in the UK however the available options are in relatively poor condition and we are considering a switch Stateside or even towards South Africa.

    I’ve been working through but a lot of the listed properties are demolished or feature outdated information.

    Just wondered if anyone may have any experience of information regarding anything like this. Any leads or information regarding locations or past experience filming in similar settings would be fantastic.



    Tom Clark

    Hi James,

    We one fully closed mall (Chester) and one semi-closed mall (Richland Fashion) to offer here in South Carolina. Please let me know if you want to see more images.


    Dan Rogers
    SC Film Commission
    (803) 737-0496

    Marta Tomkiw

    Empty shopping mall: Alhambra Place, on Main Street East of Atlantic.

    There’s 2 tenants but otherwise EMPTY, Including Mervyn’s… at the south side of lot. Lots of Parking in the back, away from residents. Quote on Base Camp/crew parking for 11 days to a small company (3 5 tons, 5 2 rooms and a honey plus 40 cars -parking only) was $2500…mmmm……quite reasonable and inviting.

    Permit and cops aren’t cheap…292/day and $100/hr for cops…but the rest of it is certainly refreshingly doable, and I worked with ALL agencies to pass something that’s never been done before…..give yourself a little time, but boy are they terriffic.

    Dear James,

    We may have an available option for you. Please visit our website and download Locations Form A. I will include a direct link below, or feel free to email and I will send it your way. Thanks.

    Yousef Kazemi
    Administrative Assistant
    Oklahoma Film & Music Office
    120 N. Robinson Ave., Suite 600
    Oklahoma City, OK 73102

    Direct Link to Form A:

    James Player

    Thanks for the leads already guys – what a great response so quickly. If you have any additional images or info and want to contact me direct please drop me a line at

    We’re a UK based company so to shoot fully Stateside is a new experience for us and information and help like this is a fantastic start. I’ll be in touch with all of you to find out more!

    Thanks so far


    Katie Crook

    Hi James

    Edinburgh Film Focus has something – it’s a disused retail outlet village so not quite sure its entirely appropriate. Has a great feel to it though, very British.

    If you’d like to see any pictures please contact me on the details below:


    Katie Crook
    Film Liaison Officer

    Edinburgh Film Focus
    The film office for Edinburgh, the Lothians and Scottish Borders
    Tel: +44 131 622 7337

    Steve Clarke

    I’ve got one in the South Bay part of Los Angeles.

    Email me if you need pictures, scouting, prices, etc.

    Dale Dreher

    There’s a great photo gallery by Brian Ulrich of deserted malls in the Chicago area. Check it out. Hope this helps!

    Off the top of my head I’d suggest calling Mimi Davis or Marshall Moore at the Utah Film Commission. I believe there are some possibilities in and around the Salt Lake City area — as well as some great below-the-line talent. Good luck.

    Dennis Williams
    Big Big Productions

    hi james
    westfield has nearly finished a new mall at stratfoed east Due to open layer this year.
    best of luck

    Rok Ban

    Hi James,
    we’ve found an empty department store in Germany 4/5 stories high. originally build in 1913. As well as an empty smaller shopping mall. I’ve sent you some pictures by email with some questions, if still interesting.

    Best from Berlin

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