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The Lincoln Center is a complex of buildings in New York's Upper West Side dedicated to the performing arts.


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In 1984, Peter Venkman trotted around by the fountain just as Dana Barrett and the Violinist exited Avery Fisher Hall at the conclusion of a session with a guest conductor. They talked about a bad guest conductor. Dana remarked someone should tell him that it was not going to do much good to scream at them in German. The Violinist commented he was not competent to conduct a major symphony orchestra. Dana looked up straight ahead. She saw Peter near the fountain hopping in a line on one leg. Dana asked the Violinist to wait a minute then walked over to Peter. Peter told her that was a wonderful rehearsal. Dana was surprised he heard that. Peter told her she was the best one in her row. She thanked him and noted most people could not hear her with the whole orchestra playing. Peter retorted he did not have to take that abuse from her because he had hundreds of people dying to abuse him. The Violinist circled them and sat down at the fountain. Dana noted he was a celebrity then asked about her case. Peter noticed the Violinist. The Violinist inserted some nasal spray in each nostril. Peter asked who the stiff was. The Lincoln Center's flags were visible and raised at half staff. Dana informed him "the stiff" happened to be one of the finest musicians in the world. She pressed him for new information on her case. Peter confirmed he did but wanted to tell her in private. She suggested telling her now.

Peter complied and revealed they found the name Zuul. It was a demigod worshiped around 6000 B.C. but Peter paused and asked how to say a word. Dana leaned in and looked at his paper. She pronounced Hittites for him. He continued and said Zuul was worshiped by the Hittites, the Mesopotamians and the Sumerians. Dana took the paper and read the notes. She read out loud that Zuul was the minion of Gozer. She asked what Gozer was. Peter hinted Gozer was very big in Sumeria. She wanted to know what Gozer was doing in her refrigerator. Peter assured her they were working on it and suggested getting together Thursday night, around nine-ish, to exchange information. Dana smiled and told him she was busy. Peter observed she seemed to think there was something wrong up with her thinking he enjoyed taking his evenings off and spending it with his clients. The Violinist clutched his case. Peter claimed he was making a special exception in your case because he respected her as an artist and as a dresser. He admired the "magnificent coordination" she was wearing. Dana agreed to see him on Thursday. He promised to bring The Roylance Guide to Secret Societies and Sects and they would eat and read. Dana walked away, turned her head slightly, then continued to the Violinist. They continued walking. The Violinist looked at Peter. Peter acknowledged him. The Violinist asked who the hell Peter was. Dana replied he was just a friend. The Violinist wasn't buying it. Dana clarified he was an old friend. Peter shouted he would see her Thursday and apologized to the Violinist about not getting to meet him. Peter added he was glad the Violinist was feeling much better but thought he still looked very pale and suggested a little sun. The Violinist asked what Peter did. Dana told him Peter was a scientist. A father, his daughter, and his son posed at the fountain for a photo. Peter copied a roller skater and spun around.

Secondary Canon History[]

Roger Baugh took Janine Melnitz to a special performance for charity of "Don Giovanni" but it was interrupted by the manifestation of Phantom of the Opera. The Ghost Smashers made their public debut at the Metropolitan Opera House and atomized the phantom. They waited up outside the Lincoln Center and "greeted" Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler.


  • The Lincoln center scene was the first scene shot between Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver.[1]
  • For the long shots at Lincoln Center, the filmmakers had to loop the dialogue because the fountain in the background created so much noise. It was one of the few scenes looped. For the closeups, when the fountain was out of frame, they had the water turned off.[2][3][4]
  • Modified dialogue was created during rehearsal such as "I respect you as an artist and as a dresser", typed up and inserted into the script for shooting the next morning.[5]
  • During a break while filming at the Lincoln Center, Dustin Hoffman visited the set.[6][7]
  • During filming, the Lincoln Center's flags were at half staff. Filming in New York was roughly between October and November 1983. President Reagan ordered flags at half staff between October 23 and October 31, 1983 out of respect for the American and French soldiers who died during the barrack bombings of October 23, 1983, in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • In the Ghostbusters II August 5, 1988 draft, Peter and Lane go on a date to see the Bolshoi Ballet perform "Giselle" at the Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater. [8]
  • On cover A of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #6, the pair of tickets from Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #13 are on top of Roger.
  • On page 15 of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #13, there is a note on Dana's refrigerator that reveals she has a performance on February 28th.


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  1. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 96 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Venkman's interception of Dana outside the Metropolitan Opera House -- ostensibly to give her a progress report on her case -- was actually the first scene shot between Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver."
  2. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 96 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Joe Medjuck says: "For the long shots, we had to loop the dialogue because the Lincoln Center fountain in the background created so much noise. For the closeups -- when the fountain was out of frame -- we were able to have the water shut off."
  3. Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 43:23-43:33). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Our sound man... Just went nuts when he saw that we were gonna shoot here and he kept saying, "Well, can we turn off the fountains?" And they wouldn't let us turn off the fountains at Lincoln Center."
  4. Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 43:39-43:41). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "I think this is one of the few scenes we had to loop."
  5. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 96 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Although not always the case, in this instance the modified dialogue developed during rehearsal -- including such apparently off-the-cuff lines as "I respect you as an artist and as a dresser" -- was typed up, virtually on the spot, and inserted into the script in time for shooting the next morning."
  6. Timothy Carhart (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, Deleted Scenes (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 7:45-8:03). Bueno Productions. Timothy Carhart says: "Dustin Huffman visited the set that day and I remember sitting on the fountain between takes and there was Dustin Hoffman talking to Bill Murray and Bill Murray towering over him. He's like [looks up] talking to him. It was pretty funny."
  7. Josh Gad YouTube "Who Ya Gonna Zoom? | Reunited Apart GHOSTBUSTERS Edition" 26:06-26:09 6/15/2020 Timothy Carhart says: "And during a little break, Dustin Hoffman showed up because I guess he's a friend of Bill Murray's."'
  8. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 62). Paragraph reads: "INT. VIVIAN BEAUMONT THEATER - LATER Onstage, the Bolshoi Ballet perform their production of "Giselle.""



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