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The Kenneth P. Higgins Institute was the location that Abby and Jillian conducted their research at the beginning of the 2016 movie.


The Kenneth P. Higgins Institute was established twelve years ago. Not the highest regard as a school as one dean had to serve jail time which forced him to resign. Current Dean Thomas Shanks is not exactly a respectable Dean either, not even knowing how to spell the word science.

For years, Abby and Jillian ran a department about the paranormal. It had been forgotten about, and the day they asked for more funding, Dean fired the two. Notable, theft of school property happened shortly after.

Noted PlacesEdit

  • Paranormal Studies Laboratory
  • Dean Thomas Shanks Office



  • The building used for filming the scenes was the former Everett High School building.
  • On June 18, 2015, set photos from Boston began emerging of Kristen Wiig going to the former Everett High School dressed as Bronx Kuyper Middle School. The school's exterior was draped with banners that read "Higgs Science Institute." A taxicab dressed as a New York City taxi cab was seen. Wiig walked past two people brawling. Paul Feig was also seen. Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon were also seen in filming in costume. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • On June 20, 2015, amateur footage published on June 19 recorded exterior filming of Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon's characters hailing a cab and Kristen Wiig's character sends them off with a short line. [5] [6]
  • The first trailer for the movie featured an easter egg on Erin's board of equations, a website url, that led to the "official website" for the Kenneth P. Higgins Institute of Science's Paranormal Studies Lab. Embedded on this website was a behind-the-scenes featurette entitled "Busting Ghosts With Science" [7]
  • On March 9, 2016, the Ghostbusters Snapchat posted a still of a door at the Paranormal Studies Lab. The name plates on the door were of Dr. Abigail L. Yates and Dr. Jillian Holtzmann. [8]
  • A lot of the equipment was brought to the new Headquarters from their lab, as suggested by them running stuff out before the dean could stop them.



  1. Boston "Here are the first photos from the set of ‘Ghostbusters’" 6/18/15
  2. Boston Herald "Sneak peek as ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot starts shooting in Everett" 6/18/15
  3. ET Online "First Pictures From 'Ghostbusters' Are Here! See Kristen Wiig in Costume" 6/18/15
  4. People "Check Out Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon in First Photos from the Ghostbusters Set" 6/18/15
  5. Comic Book "Ghostbusters Hail A Taxi In First Footage From Paul Feig's Reboot" 6/20/15
  6. user GASP! YouTube 6/19/15
  7. Spook Central "Ghostbusters 2016 Reboot Trailer & Hidden Website Found!!!" March 3, 2016
  8. Andrew Shaffer Facebook post 3/9/16


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