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The Haves and Have Nots
Starring: Tika Sumpter, John Schneider
Fun Facts: Jail used as exterior shots for fade-in/fade-out scenes
Starring: Channing Tatum, Katie Holmes
Fun Facts: Inmate actors walked along Club Drive from Old Jail
Starring: Stephen Moyer
Fun Facts: A fight scene took place in the West Recreation Yard. There was a jail cafeteria scene located in the rear dorm building.
Your Worst Nightmare
Starring: D.C. Goode
Fun Facts: Your Worst Nightmare was an Investigation Discovery series. They utilized a clinic office and a jail cell for their scenes.
Starring: James Franco, Tamryn Manning
Fun Facts: The Vault went straight to Netflix after production.
Kill the Messenger
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick
Fun Facts: Since the Recreation Yard had a concrete floor, red dirt was brought in to make the ground seem natural.
All Eyez on Me
Starring: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Clifton Powell, Kat Graham, Cory Hardrict
Fun Facts: Heated arguments take place in the prison with Demetrius Shipp & Clifton Powell
The Haves and Have Nots
Based on the 2011 play by Georgia resident Tyler Perry, The Haves and Have Nots was adapted into a successful prime-time drama for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Premiering on May 28th, 2013, in an attempt to grab an audience at a time when broadcast television typically goes into a summer hiatus, The Haves and Have Nots debuted to the tune of record-breaking ratings for Oprah’s network. If you’re interested in knowing more about The Haves and Have Nots, or how the Old Jail has been used in filming, CLICK HERE.
Very Bad Men
This popular show from Investigation Discovery (ID) debuted in 2012. The subject matter, as you might imagine, was about some of modern history’s most terrible male criminals. Ranging from murderers and psychopaths to con artists and unholy ministers, Very Bad Men could be categorized as a docudrama. Past crimes, and the events that lead these men to be so very bad, were often re-enacted on camera. Trust us, the men from this show made ‘leaving the toilet seat up’ not seem like such a big deal at all. For more on Very Bad Men, or the Old Jail’s role in filming this controversial show, CLICK HERE.
Film Trail - The Old Jail
The “Old Jail” Property in Douglas County(located at 6840 Church Street, Douglasville, GA 30134) is just slightly removed from the heart of Downtown Douglasville and is close enough to walk, bike, or segway to from the center of Douglasville’s modernly classic downtown area. Since it’s decommissioning in 2013, the Old Jail has been home to more various filming sequences than any other single location in Douglas County. In fact, the Old Jail rivals almost every other “on location” filming site in the entire State of Georgia in terms of usage frequency. One visit to the Old Jail will show you why.
One advantage that the Old Jail has over other filming locations, or over brand new set designs, is the fact that the property was the old Douglas County Jail. Great effort, by both municipal and community organizations, has gone into preserving the Old Jail in a physical state of “paused usage.” What this means for film makers and film watchers alike; they can easily envision the setting of the Old Jail as being a real location, instead of a freshly- fabricated faux facility. It looks real on camera. It looks real in person. You can feel the authenticity seeping off the walls, dripping off the barbed wire, and lurking in every holding cell. There are perhaps plenty of other options for film makers who are looking for filming locations in Georgia, especially in Douglasville. But there is only one Old Jail.
You don’t have to know the specifics of what happened there, what the guards were like, or what intense mixture of prisoners were there. There is an automatic sense of inherent realness that can’t be duplicated by simply slapping together some drywall and steel doors. This palpable sense of authenticity, while definitely tangible in person, also seems to translate directly to film, and adds a unique, irreplaceable accent to every movie or television show filmed there. The old jail was decommissioned in 2013 when the new Douglas County Jail facility opened. And since being decommissioned, the old jail property has become a popular filming location for the film and television industries. Although most often used as a jail, it can easily be converted to a school, hospital, mental institution, or a whole host of other authentic filming set scenarios.