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Sedgewick Hotel
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Appeared in Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions)
Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Versions)
Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Portable Versions)
IDW Comics
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
Founded 1897 A.D.
Ghosts Encountered Slimer
Pappy Sargassi
Chef Ghost
Spider Witch

The Sedgewick Hotel is a five star hotel, was the site of the Ghostbusters' first call, and their first captured ghost, Slimer.

HistoryEdit

The Sedgewick Hotel was revealed to be founded in 1897 A.D.[1] by Godfrey McCallister Sedgewick, a misanthrope turned hotelier. No one was sure why someone who hated people would open a grand hotel. Since them, the Sedgewick has exuded an eerie atmosphere. An inordinate number of guests and staff have met untimely ends due to strange accidents and sometimes foul play. Most of them stay forever, drawn to an inexorable force that traps them in the Sedgewick's many corridors, suites, ballrooms, and service area. The Portrait of G. Sedgewick was commissioned in 1910.

The staff had a history of seeing a green specter on the twelfth floor, but never made any public acknowledgment of the problem. Two weeks later, on that fateful night, however, the disturbances had become too much to ignore. To salvage the ballroom event, the Hotel manager caved in and called the Ghostbusters. The hotel manager called in response to their TV ad citing their services as paranormal investigators. While they cornered Slimer in a ballroom, the manager was trying to keep a rich patron, Mrs. Van Hoffman, at bay as she inquired why the ballroom was locked.

The guys responded punctually, but not very quietly and made quite a scene coming in. The Ghostbusters went to the twelfth floor and performed a successful field test of their equipment by blasting a cart pushed by a Chambermaid. The trio split up. Ray encountered Slimer first and opened fire when he couldn't get in contact with Venkman. Slimer eluded Ray and phased through a wall. It came face to face with Peter and slimed him. Ray rushed to Peter's side. Egon Spengler then radioed them to come down to the first floor and meet him at the Alhambra Ballroom where the ghost headed to. They trapped Slimer but also destroyed the ballroom in the process.

Ghostbusters: The Video GameEdit

Realistic VersionsEdit

In 1986, the Ghostbusters gave the Sedgewick Hotel a clean bill of health.[2] However, during the Thanksgiving weekend in 1991, Slimer returned to the Sedgewick and many entities manifested. The Ghostbusters arrived in search of Slimer. Ray, Peter, and Rookie went up to the twelfth floor. After chasing him through the halls, Slimer slimed Peter once again. Afterwards, they went downstairs to find other ghosts haunting the hotel. Slimer was eventually trapped in the Alhambra Ballroom by Peter and the Rookie. The Ghostbusters encountered Pappy Sargassi and chased him to his restaurant, Sargassi's, which he founded in 1950 on the 3rd floor of the Sedgewick.

While the Ghostbusters encountered the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man outside, three Stone Gargoyles atop the Sedgewick animated and attacked the team. After the Stay Puft was defeated, the Sedgewick was closed down for repairs and sealed off from the public by the Paranormal Contracts Oversight Commission. The City & County also turned off most of the power after an electrical fire was dealt with on the third floor.

The Ghostbusters realized one of the nodes in Ivo Shandor's Mandala is located in the Sedgewick and they proceed to shut it down. Inside, they now found it more haunted than ever. The Ghostbusters learn from John O'Keefe that in the 1920s, the Spider Witch, a professional widow, conducted unimaginable things in Room 1221 on the twelfth floor. Her victims were hung from the ceiling, drained of blood then dragged around. The walls of her room were literally painted with blood. The furniture was hacked, chewed and crushed up in the corner like a giant nest. After her spree, the room was locked up, until about 1986 A.D. when the hotel was remodeled.

The Ghostbusters attempted to search for the node on the 13th floor. O'Keefe scoffed at this notion as all of the grand old hotels don't have one. Nonetheless, the Rookie and Egon Spengler went to the 12th floor and learned it had been transformed into a twisted lair for the Spider Witch. They eventually located Room 1221 and discovered it housed a secret entrance to the 13th Floor. On the 13th floor, they defeated the Spider Witch once and for all. They found themselves back in a ballroom and the node was shut down.

SpecialsEdit

As of the beginning of Thanksgiving weekend 1991, the specials were as follows:

  • Continental Breakfast
    • 6:00 to 10:30
    • Croissants, Rolls, Jam, Coffee, Tea
  • Lunch
    • 11:30 to 2:00
    • Salad, Chicken Caesar Panini
  • Dinner
    • 5:30 to 9:00
    • Soup or Salad, Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Rolls, Steamed Vegetables

PatronsEdit

Employees Edit

RoomsEdit

Note, this is for only primary canon (Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions)). Secondary canon is not included.

  • First Floor
    • Lobby
    • Check in/Check out desk
    • Jopel's Lapels Men's Fashion
    • Les Oiseaux Fine Wines And Liquors
    • Alhambra Ballroom
    • Ruby Ballroom (where Egon and Rookie end up after Spider Witch)
    • Kitchen
    • Utility (where Back up Generator is)
  • Twelfth Floor
    • Slimer's point of origin
    • Room 1210 (Where Roy and his wife stay for honeymoon)
    • Room 1221 (Spider Witch room)
  • Thirteenth Floor
    • Spider Witch's Lair

See alsoEdit

AppearancesEdit

Primary CanonEdit

Secondary CanonEdit

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Versions)

IDW Comics

TriviaEdit

  • According to the storyboards in the "Movie Scrapbook" included in the Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Gift Set, it was originally called "Hotel Sedgewick"; the words were flipped around to Sedgewick Hotel in the film.
  • The hotel scene was planned to be shot in New York's Waldorf Astoria but the lobby was too small and would have cost too much, according to Joe Medjuck. [3]
  • The filming of the Sedgewick scenes took place at the Biltmore Hotel, in Los Angeles, California.
  • Ivan Reitman also used the Biltmore lobby for filming in "Dave" [4]
  • The man Egon poked was originally conceived as a woman with only a towel on, but was later changed to the old man while Peter and Ray were followed around by an obnoxious 10 year old boy. Egon's scene survived into the shooting script but was never filmed. [5]
  • While on the set, Peter's "It'll bite your head off" was inserted. [6]
  • The elevator scene and all scenes involving the corridors were done at sets constructed on Stage 12 at The Burbank Studios. [7]
    • This was due to several reasons like difficulty setting up in the Biltmore's narrow hallways, the Biltmore's floor had a busy pattern and the walls were white which would have been harder on the effects crew, and concerns with damaging the hotel. John DeCuir purchased a 'Rich and Famous' set from MGM and reconfigured it for the film crew. [8]
  • Slimer flying around the chandelier in the hotel ballroom is one of Reitman's least favorite effects. [9]
  • The ballroom sequence took about two to four days to film at the Biltmore. The ballroom was only modified with a breakaway chandelier and a set of prefabricated replacement walls. [10] [11]
  • The replacement walls were constructed by Chuck Gaspar and his crew. Each one was embedded with fuses and pyrotechnic materials that were ignited on cue. The Proton Streams were animated and inserted later on by Entertainment Effects Group. [12]
  • The crew gave a lot of thought in justifying a midnight buffet and came up with the fictitious theatre association and the sign outside the banquet room. [13]
  • In Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular, the Sedgewick was built in the thirties on the edge of the garment district. It is home to businessmen, trade shows, conventions, and vacationers.[14]
  • In Ghostbusters: The Video Game (realistic version), the cake in the Hotel Sedgewick's Alhambra Ballroom is modeled after a real-life cake created by the pastry-chef wife of the Terminal Reality modeler that built it.[15]
  • As of the Thanksgiving 1991 weekend, it cost over $50,000 to reserve the Alhambra Ballroom. [16]
  • In Ghostbusters: The Video Game (realistic version), after Panic in Times Square, the ninth message left on the Firehouse answering machine is from an attorney regarding a client injured during the Ghostbusters' first visit to the Sedgewick. [17]
  • In Ghostbusters: The Video Game (realistic version), after Checking Out the Library, the seventh message left on the Firehouse answering machine is from Sedgewick's competition, Sultan Suites. Their occupancy quadrupled after the first level and the general manager Edward Dumas offers the Ghostbusters dinner and drinks on the house. [18]
  • On page 15 of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #5, the wine bottle is the Les Oiseaux Fine Wines brand. A store was seen in the Sedgewick Hotel in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Realistic Versions
  • On page six of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #18, Winston has a handkerchief similiar to the Hotel manager's in the first movie.
  • On page 12 of Volume 2 Issue #18, above Rolo's (male patron) head, is a plaque with the 'Today Eastside Theatre Guild Midnight Buffet' sign from the Alhambra Ballroom in the first movie.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Tobin's Spirit Guide" entry's notes for Bellhop Ghost
  2. GBTVGReferenceCleanBillofHealth.jpg
  3. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 67 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Joe Medjuck says: "We shot our hotel exteriors and the inside lobby scenes at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. That wasn't our original intent, though, primarily because we assumed from the start that we wouldn't be able to find a good location in L.A. So the plan was to shoot the hotel scenes during our location shoot in New York. One of the spots we considered was the Waldorf Astoria, but their lobby area was too small and it would have been very costly. The Biltmore ended up suiting our purposes very nicely. In fact, it's used a lot for filming because it's one of the few old style hotels left in Los Angeles, We found one of the advantages of shooting there was the the lobby is huge -- which, among other things, allowed Ivan to do a great tracking shot of the Ghostbusters entering the hotel, with Bill shouting out, 'Hey, anybody seen a ghost?'"
  4. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 29:52-29:59). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "I used this moment in "Dave" when he exits as the supposed President of the United States. "
  5. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 72 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Deleted from the final draft was a scene in which Stantz and Venkman are followed about by an obnoxious ten-year-old boy who -- to their growing annoyance -- thinks they're nothing more than janitors. Meanwhile, Spengler has his encounter with the woman in a towel. Though Spengler's scene remained intact through all four of the collaborative drafts, it still failed to make it into the film.""
  6. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 68 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "On the set, Venkman's response to the cockroach line became: "It'll bite your head off.""
  7. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 71 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "The interior of the elevator and all the corridors of the hotel were actually sets constructed on Stage 12 at The Burbank Studios.""
  8. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 79 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Michael Gross says: "All of the hallway scenes were shot on stage. We could have filmed them at the Biltmore, but there were several disadvantages to doing that. For one, it would have taken longer to shoot, since we would have had to go in there and get set up in some very narrow hallways. And for the effects people, the real hotel corridors would have created terrible problems. The Biltmore's floors had a very busy pattern on them; and the walls were all white, which would have made it almost impossible to generate a transparent ghost image. And, finally, we were concerned about damaging the hotel, which was real possibility. As it was, we could dump things on the carpet and burn up the walls without really worrying about it. Interestingly, the set had originally been built for Rich and Famous and was patterned after the Algonquin Hotel in New York. John DeCuir bought it from M-G-M and cleverly reconfigured it to our needs."
  9. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 35:05-35:10). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "One of my least favorite special effects. "
  10. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 35:32-35:37). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "We ended up shooting I guess in the hotel for three or four days on this sequence. "
  11. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 81 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Though the hallway action took place on a soundstage, the sequence which follows was shot at the Biltmore Hotel. Modified with a breakaway chandelier and a set of prefabricated replacement walls, the ornate banquet facility was taken over by the film crew and occupied for two days."
  12. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 83 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Filmed on location at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, the scenes required that Chuck Gaspar and his crew prepare a series of replacement walls, each embedded with fuses and pyrotechnic materials which could be ignited on cue. These fake walls were then erected over the actual wall surfaces in the Biltmore. The incendiary nutrona beams were produced later at Entertainment Effects Group through a variety of animation techniques."
  13. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 81 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Michael Gross says: "But how could we justify a completely laid out banquet room this late at night? We finally solved the problem with a single billboard, outside the room, announcing a midnight buffet for a nonexistent theatre association -- the implication being that the group was having a banquet after attending the theatre. I doubt if anyone in the audience ever gave it a thought, but we certainly did."
  14. Mueller, Richard (August 1985). Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular, p. 89. Tor Books, New York NY USA, ISBN 0812585984.
  15. Game Informer "What You Didn't Know About Ghostbusters"
  16. Haim Rodriguez; After Panic in Times Square, Firehouse 2nd Floor Answering Machine Message 7 of 13 (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) - Firehouse (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Terminal Reality. Haim Rodriguez says: "Yeah, this is Haim Rodriguez. I just want to thank you for breaking up my kid's bar mitzvah. That was great. Cost me over 50 grand for one, a busted up ballroom, and a hotel manager that won't stop crying. FAN-TAS-TIC. It's all good. I'll just wait for my precious son to become a man for the second time. How does that sound? We'll just wait it out. Or you know, he'll probably be getting married in eight years or so and maybe you can come and destroy the wedding? Or maybe his son's bris? Ah, ah... Would you like to attend the Blessed Occasion with your lasers and your hollering? We look forward to it. Invitations will be in the mail."
  17. Gray Hannard; After Panic in Times Square, Firehouse 2nd Floor Answering Machine Message 9 of 13 (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) - Firehouse (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Terminal Reality. Gray Hannard says: "Hello, this is Gray Hannard with Hannard & Hannard Attorneys at Law. I'm calling regarding the incident in which one of you opened fire on my client at the Sedgewick Hotel earlier this evening. It's really a shame. We've never seen such extensive soft tissue damage. Perhaps we can work something out. Call me back at your earliest convenience."
  18. Edward Dumas; After Checking Out the Library, Firehouse 2nd Floor Answering Machine Message 7 of 13 (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) - Firehouse (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Terminal Reality. Edward Dumas says: "Hi, this is Edward Dumas. I'm the general manager over at the Sultan Suites. Right down the street from the Sedgewick. Just wanted to thank you gents for your work over there. You guys must have done a real number on them. Our business has hehheheh quadrupled overnight. Uh, listen, come on over some time for dinner and drinks on the house. And go ahead and leave your backpacks and destruction at home, though. 'Kay?"


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