Thursday, July 25, 2013

Abandoned Places: The Old Lake Waramaug Casino

Friday the 13th: Part II fans will know this as the bar that Ginny, Paul, Ted and the rest of the counselors went to while the others were left at the camp to be slaughtered by Jason. Most of us fans also know that the place burned down not long after filming. The blog Squidoo; Abandoned Places featured bar, The Old Lake Waramaug Casino and had this to say:
An active nightspot for decades in Litchfield County Connecticut, the old Lake Waramaug Casino seen its scores of locals and out of state visitors for many years. My best guess is that it was built in the 1930's or early 1940's. In 1980 it was used as backdrop of both its interior and exterior in the Hollywood production of "Friday the 13th part 2", other parts of the lake and its bordering town of New Preston was also used as a backdrop too. The movie was released in 1981 and a year or so later the structure caught fire and burned to the ground. This photograph was taken in 1981 while visiting the area.
This is how the land looks as of 2003, thanks to Bong Tokin' Chuckles and the website. This is the description that accompanied the photograph:
The casino where the counselors go to party was located on West Shore Road, in New Preston. It burned down over 20 years ago, only a few years after filming. This picture is of the land and road where the building used to stand. It is now a private residential property. 
Again, thanks Brandon Middleton for this tip!


  1. It is a real shame that the original burned down. Thanks very much for posting the photograph of the bar in its hay day.

  2. HisNameWasBrandonJuly 25, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    No problem my ole' friend, bless you. :)

    And yeah I am glad that I found all of that cool Part 2 locale stuff at the beginning of this very month, especially the survival prop head shot & the news report that I sent it. Also all f those vintage southern California as well as vintage television spots for Parts 2 & 3D too. The internet is an amazing invention now, isn't it? :)

  3. Very cool indeed. I hate when such iconic locations just end up being someone's yard years later though lol. Always depresses me.

    1. It's sad that the F13th fan set the Higgins Haven house on fire and burned it down. Now that is depressing.

    2. Definitely. That shit pissed me off so bad. I couldn't believe it when it happened. Same thing happened to the original Evil Dead cabin all those years ago. Equally upsetting for me. Two amazing locations lost forever because of some idiots playing around with matches.

  4. HisNameWasBrandonJuly 27, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    Indeed: That suspected arson fire in the Sargus, California set of Part 3D, which I feel was one of the last iconic moments of the franchise, was truly disheartening so many years ago now. That was a fabulous cabin set, such as the now demolished Part 2 Kent, CT camp grounds on that lake-front property. Also Red Heddon on his old commentary track talked about the original ship that Part VIII was sunken in the early '90s not long after filming.

    So odd in that the slasher juju or psychic karma of the film perhaps effect the sets or such--whom all knows what to believe? Regardless it is an interesting photo set up there as well, too. :)

    1. It's not suspected, it was burned down by a fan who admitted it. It was an accident; tried to light a fire in the faux fireplace. There's a pic of it burning:

  5. HisNameWasBrandonJuly 27, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Thanks, Jack. I had never fully known & had always sort of wondered. Thank for the picture as well, too. I had never fully seen that one before.

    SO sad, over all. :(

  6. Spent many good times at the Casino in its heyday
    when owned by the Cavalaros. Wonderful people came
    there and it was a place that I will always remember.
    Too bad we don't have places like that today where
    people congregated for enjoyment without trouble as
    exists today. Ah, what memories. Old timer. Earl c..