‘Silence of the Lambs’ Self-Storage Building Up for Auction in Pittsburgh

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The Pittsburgh building occupied by Your Self Storage and used during the filming of “Silence of the Lambs” in 1990 will be auctioned at 1 p.m. on April 24. The 106,000-square-foot, four-story structure at 7502 Thomas Blvd. will be auctioned by commercial real estate firm Hanna Chartwell, with bidding starting at $100,000, according to the source.

The building is owned by the Focer Revocable Living Trust, part of the estate of self-storage operator Henry Focer, who died in September. “We have been directed by the trust that owns the property to sell and close before Memorial Day, with proceeds going to the estate,” said Mike Berland, executive vice president with Hanna Chartwell.

The self-storage business will vacate the property once the sale is closed, while tenants are already in the process of moving their belongings, said Bill Matthews, senior sales associate with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, which is marketing the property.

The movie thriller “Silence of the Lambs” was released in 1991 and starred Jodie Foster as a young FBI trainee and Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a diabolical criminal who is also a cannibal. During one scene, Foster’s character arrives at the storage facility looking for clues to a series of murders and crawls under a door into a unit.

Matthews said the original sign for Your Self Storage remains inside the building, but he does not expect the property’s movie connection to affect its sale price.

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