Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Glimpse Inside The Studio

Reader Ron Edens has written in to share some great shots of the original Dark Shadows studio, located on Manhattan's West 53rd Street. More than 40 years on, it's a still a working studio space, and until recently was the home of The Wendy Williams Show

"It was actually formerly a lumber yard before ABC took it over and although narrow, extends north from 53rd up to 54th, thus giving them a block's length to have multiple sets up at one time," explains Ron. "I rang the bell and a worker came to the door and I asked if I could take a peek. He said, unfortunately, no way. OK, I thought, fair enough, so I took a picture from the street and then went over to 54th Street to see the loading dock entrance. Lo and behold, the bay doors were open, so I took a couple of pictures! It's pretty exciting to see where the Collinwood drawing room and all of those other great sets were!" Click on the images for a larger view.


6 comments:

Saddlebackmac said...

I can picture Jonathan Friday entering Collinwood, hanging his caped coat and walking across these floors of the set....memories! .

leeann said...

Its a bit sad to see it to me. I was a bit young to understand the original as it played my mom watched it but I did not understand it. I think I was around 10. I am trying to save to buy the new Cd's with the coffin box. But WOW A bit expensive and i am on a disabled income and not a lot left. I watched it when it was on the SI-FI channel and fell in love with it so I guess I am the second generation.
enjoied the pictures.

Unknown said...

I remember going there when it was a nightclub called The Red Zone and they still had the original spiral staircase that went up to the dressing rooms and control room. I had no idea at the time that I was in the Dark Shadows studio.

Agent00Soul said...

I wonder how many cigarettes were smoked over the years in that space? LOL

Dahlia Woodall said...

I've always wondered where the original Dark Shadows series was filmed. Thanks so much for sharing.

www.elvisandmeatloaf.com said...

My imagination was born and nourshed inside this space.