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Unused Portland Jail Serves As Film Set

The Wapato  Jail in North Portland hasn’t housed a single inmate in the decade since it was built, but it has been a popular site for film crews.

Multnomah County spokesman David Austin says about 50 productions have been shot inside the jail, including scenes for “Portlandia,” ”Grimm” and “Leverage.”

KGW reports a crew from California is shooting a Web series this week on solitary confinement.

Multnomah County isn’t making money off the productions. Crews only pay what it costs to operate the facility during their stay.

The county spends about $300,000 a year to maintain the jail that was built at a cost of $58 million before it was determined it was unneeded.

Austin says the county hopes the film exposure helps it sell the jail.

Information from: KGW-TV.


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