Abandoned coal-fired plants may not seem glamorous, but one such structure in New Orleans has developed a secondary career in recent years as a setting on the silver screen and TV.
Built in 1905 and retired in 1973, the Market Street Power Plant has been neglected, vandalized and flooded by the Mississippi river in the ensuing decades, but that only seems to make it more appealing to scouts hunting locations with a post-apocalyptic feel.
The sale of the facility by Entergy New Orleans to a property developer for $10 million in 2007 has not yet led to its revitalization as a retail destination, but in the meantime, it has appeared as a setting in Oblivion, a 2013 film starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman, and 2014’s Dawn of the Plant of the Apes, as well as TV shows The Magicians and Into the Badlands.
And the derelict industrial aesthetic doesn’t just appeal to location researchers. Earlier this year, a series of photographs of the interior of the plant, including its crumbling control room, appeared on the ‘Abandoned Southeast’ website.
Power finance pros wanting a closer look may be tempted to visit the site during the Infocast Projects & Money conference which takes place in New Orleans in January.
Meanwhile, could Vistra Energy be courting Hollywood types with a view to renting out the three coal-fired plants it plans to retire in Texas as film sets? Lights, camera…