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

History

The Sedgewick Hotel was revealed to be founded in 1897 A.D.[2] 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. The hotel's owners frowned on anyone in the staff talking about the ghost. In 1984, it began to cause disturbances again and even worse than in the past. 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.

They drove up in Ecto-1 and parked out in front, between two yellow taxi cabs. The doormen opened the doors for them as they entered the lobby. People outside and passing them by inside stared and gawked at them. The hotel manager was on the right on the phone with his back to the Ghostbusters. Peter Venkman asked out loud if anybody saw a ghost. A beautiful woman passed by them. They all stared and smiled. The hotel manager walked up from behind them and thanked them for coming so quickly. Peter yelped in surprise. They walked together down the main hall. The hotel manager explained the guests were starting to ask questions and he was running out of excuses. Ray Stantz asked him if it happened before. The manager gave them a brief history of the disturbances. Peter patted him on the left shoulder. Egon Spengler asked if he ever reported it to anyone. The manager was mortified at the prospect. Peter played along. Egon rolled his eyes. The manager added the owners did not even like the staff talking about it. The manager hoped they could take care of it quietly. Peter promised it was done. The manager emphasized it was to be done that night. Ray readied his Ecto Goggles off his belt and told him not to worry because they handled this kind of thing all the time. He placed the Ecto Goggles on his head. Egon, Peter, and Ray headed to the elevators. A man already waiting looked at them and asked what they were supposed to be. He ventured a gues they were some kind of a cosmonaut. Peter chuckled and explained they were exterminators who got brought in because somebody saw a cockroach up on the twelfth floor. The elevator doors on the left opened. The man remarked that had to be some cockroach. Peter warned him it could bite his head off. A man and woman stepped out of the elevator. They gawked at them. Peter and Egon walked in. Ray was about to then spun around and asked the man if he was going up. The man decided to take the next one. Ray backed into the elevator. It closed. The man put his cigar back in his mouth.

As the elevator went up, Ray sighed and realized they really haven't had a completely successful test of their equipment. Egon blamed himself. Peter echoed him. Ray remarked there was no sense worrying about it now. Peter dryly joked they were each wearing an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back. Ray, not realizing he was sarcastic, asked anyone to switch him on. Egon turned on a switch behind Ray. As it activated, Egon backed up, making Peter move aside from his spot. The elevator dinged and the Ghostbusters exited onto the twelfth floor. Ray readied his Particle Thrower, looked around like a soldier, and motioned to them with his head. Peter walked out like normal. Egon switched on his particle thrower. They followed Peter in a line. A Chambermaid entered the hall humming to herself. Ray and Egon turned, shouted, and blasted her cart with the proton streams. Peter yelled at them to hold their fire. She peered out from behind the cart and asked them what the hell they were you doing? Egon, Peter, then Ray all apologized to her as she gathered up her supplies off the floor. Peter turned around to them and remarked that was a successful test. Ray agreed and suggested they split up. Egon concurred. Peter also agreed and mused they could do more damage that way.

They separated and headed down different corridors. Egon scanned around with his P.K.E. Meter. Ray encountered Slimer first. Slimer pigged out at a room service cart out in the hall. Ray was shocked and his cigarette hung from his open mouth. He remarked Slimer looked like a disgusting blob then realized he had to hold Slimer himself and opened fire when he couldn't get in contact with Peter. He charged on the thrower, aimed, and fired at Slimer. He missed and struck the wall. Slimer roared in shock. Slimer eluded Ray and phased through a wall. The cart trailed after Slimer and collided with a table. The vase on the table shot straight up into the air. Egon walked bent down and went slowly down a hall. A man walked to his room. Egon scanned his shoes and stood up. He poked the man in the arm but was disappointed he wasn't a ghost. Slimer came face to face with Peter. He grabbed his walkie-talkie off his belt without taking his eyes of Slimer and hailed Ray. Ray repeatedly exclaimed he saw it. Peter told Ray it was in his hall and it was looking at him. Ray remarked he was an ugly little spud. Peter warned Ray it could could hear him. Ray instructed Peter not to move and it won't hurt him. Slimer took off from his side of the hall and roared. Peter screamed and shielded his face. Ray ran to Peter and yelled to him.

By the time Ray arrived, Slimer was long gone. Peter was lying on the floor drenched in Ectoplasm. Ray asked Peter what happened and if he was you okay. Peter spat out some Ectoplasm and stated it slimed him. Ray was amazed they made actual physical contact. He asked Peter if he could you move. Egon came over the walkie-talkie and hailed Ray. Egon then radioed them to come down to the first floor and meet him at the Alhambra Ballroom where the ghost headed to. Ray told Egon what happened and Egon told him to save some Ectoplasm for him. Peter remarked he felt so funky. Ray, Egon, and Peter reunited at the ballroom. Ray grinned and asked the Hotel Manager if he and his staff could please wait outside and they would take care of everything. Egon and Ray closed the doors and locked them. Members of the Eastside Theatre Guild began to arrive for their reserved midnight buffet in the ballroom. 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.

Ray peaked out from brown curtains and scanned the ballroom with his Ecto Goggles. From Ray's point of view, he looked at some tables then he sighted Slimer flying around a chandelier. Ray told the others it was on the ceiling. Peter confirmed that was the one that got him. They slowly stepped out from the curtain. Ray gave the signal to open fire. All three fired at Slimer. They missed and nailed the chandelier. Slimer flew away. The chandelier fell on table and smashed it. The Hotel Manager heard the crash and became worried. Mrs. Van Hoffman turned her head. He grabbed the door knob but the ballroom was still locked. Ray admitted it was his fault. Peter pointed out it was okay because the table broke the fall. Egon remembered something very important he forgot to tell them. Peter asked him what that was. Egon told them don't Cross the Streams. Peter looked side to side then asked why. Egon stated it would be bad. Peter countered he was fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing and asked him what he meant by "bad." Egon clarified with an example. He told them to try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light. Ray realized he was talking about total protonic reversal. Peter understood that was bad or supposed to be bad. He thanked Egon for important safety tip. He told Ray to take the left and Egon to take the right. Peter headed straight down. Slimer chugged a bottle. Peter gave Ray the order first. Slimer stopped drinking and panicked. Ray opened fire. Slimer yelped and flew away. Peter cued Egon. Egon fired. He totally destroyed crystal ware, a three layer cake, and many, many dishes. Slimer flew behind the bar. Egon opened fire. Slimer flew away. Egon kept firing into the bar. Peter and Ray looked up at Slimer. Peter yelled at Egon to hold it and in a faux Texan voice told him, "Nice shooting, Tex!" Slimer panted near the ceiling.

Outside in the hall, the Hotel Manager spoke with Mrs. Van Hoffman. He assured her there was no problem with the room and it would be ready promptly, in time, as soon as her guests all arrived. Back in the ballroom, Ray hustled. He noted the last throw took something out of Slimer, but it was going to move. He needed some room to put the Trap down. He asked Peter and Egon to give him some room. Peter and Egon threw a table aside. The crash it made could be heard outside. A trio of Asian men, young, middle, and senior, in business suits, turned and looked at the ballroom doors as they walked past the Hotel Manager and Mrs. Van Hoffman. The manager excused himself and left Van Hoffman then walked back to the doors. He tried the door knobs again then whispered something into the ears of Donald, an Hotel employee in a brown suit and bow tie, standing outside the ballroom. Van Hoffman walked back to the woman and two men she came with. Donald clumsily ran off. A brunette woman asked Van Hoffman what was going on.

Back inside, Peter and Egon threw another table. Ray held a Trap. Ray emphasized they had to the the Trap in the clear. Peter held out his hands to them to stop. Peter admitted he always wanted to do something. He pulled the white tablecloth out from under a table while Egon threw a chair aside. All the dishes and utensils were upended. But... the flowers were still standing. Ray pushed a Trap across the floor. Peter and Egon looked down at it. Ray looked up at Slimer. Ray guided Egon to fire a confinement stream on his go-signal. He gave Egon the go to fire. Egon fired and wrangled Slimer in his Proton Stream. Slimer whimpered. Ray instructed him to hold Slimer. He gave Peter the go. Peter fired and wrangled Slimer, too. Egon confirmed it was working. Ray instructed them to start bringing Slimer down. He reminded them not to cross the stream. Peter remarked maybe now it would never slime a guy with a positron collider. Egon told Peter to shorten his stream so his face would not get burned off. Peter looked down at his thrower in confusion. Ray was now wearing his Ecto Goggles. Ray announced he was opening the trap now and reminded them not to look directly into the Trap. Ray stomped the trap pedal. The Trap opened, a bright vortex shot out and started to pull in Slimer. Egon's eyes widened with worry. Egon stated he looked at the Trap. Ray told them to turn their streams off as soon as he closed the Trap. He gave the signal and stomped the pedal. The Trap began to close as Peter and Egon ceased fire and turned away. Ray shielded his vision. Slimer moaned and was trapped. Peter peeked around with one eye open. The Trap beeped and a red light blinked constantly. Egon got down on one knee and touched the Trap. Peter slightly nudged it with a foot. Blue electricity arced briefly. Egon looked up at them and confirmed it was in there. Peter aimed at the Trap. Ray was relieved and thought that wasn't such a chore. Egon was speechless.

The Hotel Manager snapped his left fingers. Another employee had arrived. The manager told Mr. Smith he wanted the door opened quickly. He told Donald to stand over on the side. The Hotel Manager bent and closely observed Smith. Just as Mr. Smith was about the open the door, the Ghostbusters came out. Mr. Smith backed away to the manager's left. The Hotel Manager backed up. Donald's eyes got big. Peter declared, "We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!" The manager asked them if they saw it and what it was. Outside in the hall, there was now a sizable crowd. Ray confirmed they got it. Peter turned away from Mrs. Van Hoffman and got out a blue notepad and pen from the pocket under his name tag. The manager again asked what it was and if there would be any more of them. Egon held his electrical gloves. Ray looked at the smoking Trap. The Hotel Manager took out his handkerchief and covered his nose and mouth. Ray coughed then classified Slimer as a focused, non-terminal repeating phantasm, or a Class 5 full roaming vapor. He remarked it was a real nasty one, too.

Peter eyed Egon as he spoke. Peter cleared his throat twice then signaled it was time to talk seriously. As Peter talked about the cost of entrapment, Egon flashed four fingers against his left cheek to Peter. Peter stated it would cost $4000. He then informed the manager they were having a special that week on proton charging and storage of the beast. Egon nodded and touched the tip of his nose with his right index finger. Peter revealed that was only going to come to $1000. The Manager stiffened up and refused to pay them $5000. The Manager stuffed his handkerchief back in his suit pocket. Peter told him that was all right and they could just put it right back in there. Ray confirmed that was true. They turned back towards the ballroom. The manager ran to them and caved. He ran up to Ray and grabbed his arm then stated he would pay anything. The manager patted Ray's left arm. Peter ripped an invoice out of his notepad. Peter thanked the manager and handed him the bill, patted his arm, and walked down the hall with Ray close behind. Donald turned his head and watched them leave. Egon started walking down the hall. Ray shouted thank you and hoped they could help the hotel again. He yelled he was coming through and to watch out. While they successfully trapped Slimer, they also destroyed the ballroom, a chambermaid cart, and scorched a wall in the process.

There was a large crowd of reporters gathered outside when the Ghostbusters exited the Sedgewick Hotel. A path was cleared as they walked to Ecto-1. Reporters asked them a flurry of questions. Ray stopped at the rear and held up the Trap. Peter held an impromptu press conference by Ecto-1. Reporters jotted down as Peter spoke. Peter pitched the Ghostbusters worked twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. No job was too big. No fee was too big.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game

Realistic Versions

In 1986, the Ghostbusters gave the Sedgewick Hotel a clean bill of health.[3] 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.

Secondary Canon

IDW Comics

The Sedgewick Hotel played host to members of the Cult of Gozer in the early 1920s up through around 1938. Meetings often took place in the suite of Evelyn Lewis, a member of the Cult, in the 1920s. [4] [5] As an incentive to draw Gozer to their dimensional plane, the Cult performed a ceremony in the early 1920s that conjured up a semi-corporeal manifestation of gluttony instead of a true hungry spirit. [6] The cult's leader, Ivo Shandor, offered it a live chicken. The green ghost quickly ate it. It proved to be too lazy to roam past the hotel and wreck havoc on the American food supply as the Cult envisioned. The Sedgewick was later linked to the history of the Cult of Gozer in both Tobin's Spirit Guide and Funder's Cults of the Northeast. The former also included a bit about the hotel's several repeat manifestations. [7] Documented hauntings by the semi-corporeal ghost began in the mid-1920s. [8] Lewis had her own ambitions and wanted to become powerful in the afterlife. To achieve her goal, she became a regular practitioner of human sacrifice. She destroyed her furniture then arranged them into a nest-like structure. Next, she neatly stacked pules of human remains around the "nest." The carpets and walls were stained with blood. On one wall, she used blood to write "I am not done." Lewis then apparently committed suicide. Her body was later discovered and the hotel staff sealed the suite. [9] In 1951, someone ignored policy of no room service on the 12th floor and made a request. As soon as two bellhops stepped out the elevator with their cart, Slimer swooped in and attacked. Soon after, one of the bellhops issued a resignation to the manager, Doc. The green ghost terrorized occupants of the Sedgewick over the decades, including honeymooning couples. The green ghost stole one such couple's tray of Primo Spiffies Cakes and slimed them in the process. In the late 1970s, the ghost of Pappy Sargassi manifested at several branches of his Sargassi's seafood restaurant before settling at the one in the Sedgewick Hotel lobby. [10]

During the initial encounter with a ghost, the Ghostbusters nicknamed it "Slimer" after it collided with Peter.[11] As soon as the Ghostbusters left the Sedgewick, Ray remarked he still couldn't believe everything worked like a dream. Peter invited him to say that last part a little louder because someone might not have heard him. The manager and some of the staff were near the doors. After Gozer was defeated in 1984, Rebecca Morales interviewed Hotel manager Bennett Davis. Davis emphasized the Sedgewick was the Ghostbusters' first client and while the damages were initially unacceptable, word of Slimer's capture led to an incredible uptick in clients. He revealed the hotel was booked through fall of next year. Bennett told her Peter had a lot of nerve. During the Shandor Incident, the Ghostbusters were called to Sargassi's to deal with the ghost of Pappy Sargassi and a shark. They trapped the shark then Sargassi dissipated. Four Ghostbusters later battled Spider Witch for at least an hour in Evelyn Lewis' former suite. Three Proton Grenades were used to during that hour to ultimately bring her down.[12]

Months after the Tiamat incident, Slimer returned to the Sedgewick Hotel. He was subsequently recaptured and returned to the Paranormal Containment Research Tank.[13] When the 101 class inquired about the origin of Slimer, Egon Spengler and Kylie Griffin acknowledged there was a lot of theories about it. Kylie thought he was probably an employee in his past life since he was anchored to the hotel.[14] She speculated he was probably a chef given his obsession with food and envisioned a scenario where he died of a heart attack after a complaint about his Beef Tartare left him irate. Egon disagreed.

Ghostbusters: The Board Game

A rogue Sandman placed all patrons of the Sedgewick Hotel into a deep slumber then took up residence in one of its ballrooms. Before it could continue its goal of putting the entire world to sleep, the Sandman was stopped by the Ghostbusters. Soon after, a Boogieman terrorized the hotel. The Ghostbusters sealed the Fear Spirit World Gates and defeated him. Then they battled Samhain and sealed the Enrage Gates. Hearing hotel inspectors were on their way, the Ghostbusters quickly closed the last set of portals, Boogie Gates, and defeated Boogaloo. The hotel retained its Four Star rating somehow.

Specials

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

Patrons

Employees

Primary Canon

Secondary Canon

Rooms

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 also

Trivia

  • 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.[15]
  • The filming of the Sedgewick scenes, except the elevator and hallways, took place at the Biltmore Hotel, in Los Angeles, California.[16][17][18]
  • Ivan Reitman also used the Biltmore lobby for filming in "Dave".[19]
  • In the July 6, August 5, September 30, and October 7, 1983 drafts, the impetus for the Sedgewick Hotel to call the Ghostbusters is introduced as a honeymooning couple who encounters Slimer, then a yellow vapor, in their room, 1210. It was filmed but ended up as the Deleted Scene: Honeymooners.
    • In the July 6 draft only, on pages 43-44, while the Sedgewick Hotel Manager eats a sandwich at his desk in the basement, keys on the rack began to move on their own.
  • In the 8/5/1983 draft, the Hotel Manager admitted there was a previous disturbance involving Slimer when he first started working at the Sedgewick years ago.[20]
  • In the 8/5/1983 draft, the Man at Elevator speaks to Winston Zeddemore instead of Peter.[21]
  • While on the set, Peter's "It'll bite your head off" was inserted.[22]
  • The elevator scene and all scenes involving the corridors were done at sets constructed on Stage 12 at The Burbank Studios.[23]
    • 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 "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" set from MGM and reconfigured it for the film crew.[24]
  • 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.[25]
  • Slimer flying around the chandelier in the hotel ballroom is one of Reitman's least favorite effects.[26][27][28]
  • 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.[29][30][31]
  • 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.[32][33]
  • Guests at the Biltmore Hotel had no idea what was going on in the ballroom during filming.[34]
  • 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.[35]
  • The smaller photo used in the New York Post in the first montage is from later in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard when Ray walks out the Sedgewick Hotel to Ecto-1 and holds up the Trap. It was taken from an angle different than the one the sequence was filmed at.
  • In the 8/5/1983 draft, the Hot Dog Vendor chases after his cart and Slimer into the Sedgewick Hotel.[36]
  • 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.[37]
  • In the 2008 Sierra prototype demo of Ghostbusters: The Video Game (realistic version), a bill for damages from the Sedgewick Hotel appears in an end of level status screen. The bill had the Sedgewick's address at "417 5th Avenue, New York New York 10016" and a phone number, (206) 883-2282.[38]
  • 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.[39]
  • As of the Thanksgiving 1991 weekend, it cost over $50,000 to reserve the Alhambra Ballroom.[40]
  • 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.[41]
  • 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.[42]
  • 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 similar 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.
  • On page seven of Ghostbusters: Get Real Issue #2, on the far left, under the Weaver Hall reference, is a nod to the Sedgewick Hotel's 'No Smoking' lettering from the elevator in the first movie.
  • In Ghostbusters Annual 2017, on page 39, in panel 2, on the cork board in the top left between Egon's legs is the Millennium Hotels and Resorts logo. The group owns the Biltmore Hotel which was used for the location of the Sedgewick Hotel in the first movie.
  • In Ghostbusters Annual 2017, on page 40, the kitchen is visually based on the one seen in Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime, Level 1: Training Day, when the team faces Master Chef LaBlog.
  • The Sedgewick Hotel is mentioned in the Green Ghost's bio on the 43rd Crossing Over Virtual Trading Card, posted on July 17, 2018. [43]
  • The elevator makes a cameo on Cover RI of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #6.
  • In the Quickbooks "Happy Business: Ghostbusters Payments" online spot, released on December 27, 2019, Janine has an invoice of $1500 for the Sedgewick Hotel on her smart phone.
  • On Cover B of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1, the New York Times Monday classifieds references the Sedgewick Hotel.
  • On Cover A of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3, there is the scene of Peter radioing Ray after he sees Slimer for the first time in Chapter 12: "He Slimed Me!"
  • On page 7 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #4, Egon refers to the capture of Slimer at the Sedgewick Hotel.
  • On page 8 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #4:
    • Peter brings up when Egon looked in the Trap in Chapter 13 as they captured Slimer.
    • Peter alludes to all the damage they did to the Alhambra Ballroom in Chapter 13.
  • On page 9 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #4, Peter's invoice references when he gave to the bill in Chapter 13, entrapment for $4000 and a special on proton charging and storage cost $1000.
  • On page 16 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #4, Egon mentions the Sedgewick Hotel and the bust in Chapter 13.
  • On page 17 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #4, Rebecca brings up when he looked in the Trap in Chapter 13.

Appearances

Primary Canon

Secondary Canon




References

  1. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.12). Paragraph reads: "This spirit, which had been haunting the twelfth floor of the Sedgewick Hotel on Park Avenue since the mid-1920s, became the subject of the first full field test of the Ghostbusters' proprietary equipment."
  2. "Tobin's Spirit Guide" entry's notes for Bellhop Ghost
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  4. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.14). Paragraph reads: "A hotel resident in the 1920s, Evelyn Lewis, was a member of Ivo Shandor's Gozerian Cult (see section V for more information), which often hosted meetings in her suite."
  5. Ray Stantz (2017). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Annual 2017" (2017) (Comic p.41). Ray Stantz says: "It says the hotel played host to our friends in the Gozerian Cult up through 1938 or so, where as an incentive to draw Gozer to this dimension... they conjured a semi-corporeal manifestation of gluttony."
  6. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.12). Paragraph reads: "Our best guess at the ghost's origins dates back to the apocalyptic Cult of Gozer, which held meetings at the Sedgewick in the early 1920s, went awry."
  7. Ray Stantz (2017). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Annual 2017" (2017) (Comic p.41). Ray Stantz says: "Tobin's had a bit about the Sedgewick's several repeat manifestations, but I found a little bit more background in the Revised Funder's Cults of the Northeast."
  8. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.12). Paragraph reads: "This spirit, which had been haunting the twelfth floor of the Sedgewick Hotel on Park Avenue since the mid-1920s, became the subject of the first full field test of the Ghostbusters' proprietary equipment."
  9. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.14-15). Paragraph reads: "Her body, the result of an apparent suicide, was found in her suite amid a pile of destroyed furniture that had been arranged into a nest-like structure. Around the "nest" were neatly stacked piles of human remains. Blood stained the carpets and also the walls, where it was used to write the woman's last words: "I am not done"."
  10. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.9). Paragraph reads: "Sargassi's ghost began to manifest at different branches of Sargassi's restaurants in the late 1970s, including the Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Times Square outlets, before finding a permanent home in the dining room of the branch located in the Sedgewick Hotel lobby."
  11. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.12). Paragraph reads: "During the encounter, a messy collision with our colleague Dr. Venkman led us to nickname the ghost "Slimer"."
  12. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.15). Paragraph reads: "It took four of us at least an hour---and three proton grenades---to bring her down."
  13. Dapperpomade Tweet 2/19/15
  14. Kylie Griffin (2017). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Annual 2017" (2017) (Comic p.40). Kylie Griffin says: "Well, we know that it was anchored to the Sedgewick Hotel."
  15. 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?'"
  16. Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 29:43-29:50). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "The Sedgewick Hotel. This is actually right up here. The Biltmore Hotel, very popular shooting spot in Los Angeles."
  17. Harold Ramis (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 32:30-32:32). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "Of course, the studio set hallways."
  18. Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 35:20-35:29). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "This was actually done in the ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel which had the spectacular ceiling, uh, to which we added, of course, this chandelier that we ruined."
  19. 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. "
  20. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 43). Hotel Manager says: "This happened once before. Years ago, though, when I first started working here.""
  21. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 44).
  22. 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.""
  23. 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.""
  24. 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."
  25. 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.""
  26. 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. "
  27. Harold Ramis (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 35:06-35:07). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "Him going around the chandelier?"
  28. Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 35:08-35:09). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Yeah. That was a really lousy effect."
  29. 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. "
  30. 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."
  31. Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 35:20-35:29). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "This was actually done in the ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel which had the spectacular ceiling, uh, to which we added, of course, this chandelier that we ruined."
  32. 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."
  33. Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 36:23-36:27). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Acting, of course. And physical stuff. So, we have real explosions going off."
  34. Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 35:36-35:40). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "And I remember the guests going by just outside in the hallway wondering what the hell we were doing."
  35. 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."
  36. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 102). Paragraph reads: "It belches loudly at the gaping spectators, then flits past the Doorman into the hotel with the pushcart following under its own power. He [The Vendor] shouts and chases it into the hotel."
  37. Mueller, Richard (August 1985). Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular, p. 89. Tor Books, New York NY USA, ISBN 0812585984.
  38. PtoPOnline YouTube "Ghostbusters 2008 Sierra Prototype Demo + Early Stay Puft Cutscene Xbox 360" 15:42 mark 5/15/2020 Bill reads: "417 5th Avenue, New York New York 10016...(206) 883-2282."
  39. Game Informer "What You Didn't Know About Ghostbusters"
  40. 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."
  41. 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."
  42. 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?"
  43. TomWaltz Tweet 7/17/18
  44. 35-N Memo (2018). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #3" (2018) (Comic p.22). Memo reads: "These helper spirits--similar to but distinct from the European helper spirits such as Brownies, Kobolds, or Hobs--have taken on an appearance similar to the original Ghostbusters and the Sedgewick's Green Ghost."
  45. Ray Stantz (2020). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2" (2020) (Comic p.9). Ray Stantz says: "Our first official call came from the Sedgewick Hotel, where--"
  46. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.14). Paragraph reads: "The Sedgewick Hotel, in which we trapped Slimer, was also host to a far more malevolent presence known as the Spider Witch."


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