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On Friday, HBO dropped an advance premiere episode of The Deuce, its new television series starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal about Times Square in the early 1970s through mid-1980s. The show, created by George Pelecanos and David Simon, stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and chronicles the rise and legalization of the porn industry.

Here are the film locations so far we can ascertain from the first episode and the trailer, with assistance from our Gritty Times Square tour guide, Bob Brenner. The show officially releases on September 10th.

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1. The Deuce

In the trailer, we see the north side of the Deuce, which was the section of 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenue. You can also see the Lyric (213 West 42nd St.) and the Apollo (223 W. 42nd St ) in one shot. These two theaters are now combined into a single theater.
The film location for 42nd Street is on Amsterdam Avenue between 163rd and 165th Streets in Washington Heights, a popular shooting spot also for Marvel shows like Luke Cage. As The Deuce’s production designer, Beth Mickle explains to the New York Post, Amsterdam Avenue in this stretch uptown is the same width as 42nd Street, and the sidewalks and storefronts are the same scale as well. Equally importantly, there were no chain stores in this area that could mar the shots.

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