Leaving Domino’s the Second Time – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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Wooster and Grand Streets, New York – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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When Bill leaves Domino’s apartment the second time, just before his realization he is being followed by the bald man, we see him at the intersection of Wooster and Grand Streets in New York, the Soho area.

Located this through pure dumb luck due the cobblestone street. Did a search for neighborhoods in New York with brick streets and came up mainly with places in Queens and Brooklyn. That wasn’t going to work. Then I wondered if perhaps the street only looked like it was paved in brick due the street lights. So I did a search instead for cobblestone streets and an article came up mentioning Soho. I zoomed over Soho in Google maps and this was my second drop. Whew. Like I said, pure dumb luck.

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Possible Inspiration for the Jason Hotel – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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Washington Square Hotel – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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At 101-105 Waverly Place, off McDougal, we’ve a possible inspiration for the Hotel Jason. Notable is the 101 address. Previous to this, Kubrick had used the anchor of East 11th Street and University Place and East 13th Street and University Place, both shots featuring Bowlmor Lanes pin banners prominently. As the East 11th street shot is facing toward the East 13th Street, and the East 13th Street shot is facing East 11th Street, the film seems to be suggesting these streets bookend something notable between, such as Bill visiting the neighborhood. Because of the prominent bowling pin banners, a natural focal point is the Bowlmar address of 110 University Place. This may seem absurd but the number 10 is associated strongly with the Rainbow costume shop, which Bill visits and finds closed after the first University Place anchor. The second University Place anchor precedes Bill’s visit to the Jason Hotel, which we see here is inspired by the Washington Square Hotel which has an address of 101.

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University Place and Beyond – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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East 11th and University Place – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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As Bill Harford walked about the city, after leaving Marion’s, Kubrick provided several Greenwich Village anchor shots. Now, the day after his initial adventures, Bill returns to places he’d previously visited. Instead of being shown Greenwich Village, for some reason Kubrick instead gives East 11th and University as an anchor, before showing Bill arriving at the Rainbow only to find it closed.

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East 13th and University Place – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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Having then learned where Nick Nightingale is staying, Bill progresses there. Kubrick shows East 13th and University Place leading in to Bill’s visit to the Jason Hotel.

The view Kubrick had given from 11th was facing 13th. The view Kubrick gives from 13th is facing 11th. Thus, one sensibly feels that perhaps Bill’s destination has something to do with this area. At least that is what seems to be communicated visually. In both instances a Bowlmor banner, showing a pin, is on prominent display. And so the curious person is inclined to gravitate to the bowling pin. It is a signpost for Bowlmor lanes, located at 110 University Place.

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110 Bowlmor Lanes – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

After Bill finishes at the Jason, he heads back to the Rainbow (which we can see outside through the glass), but Kubrick gives an intercessory physical anchor of yet another intersection rather far afield, St. Mark’s Place and 2nd Avenue.

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St. Mark’s and 2nd Avenue – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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After Bill returns his costume (sans the missing mask) to the costume shot, we then have a shot of 450 Park Avenue and East 57th Street facing the Metlife building. This is followed by Bill at work, mulling over events, and finally taking the afternoon off to return to Somerton.

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The Metlife Building – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – “Google Maps Redux

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Mentmore, Elveden and Highclere Gates – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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Mentmore Towers Gates – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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Mentmore Towers Gate – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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Mentmore Towers Street – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

The orgy in Eyes Wide Shut occurs at a place called Somerton. I read it was filmed partly at Highclere Castle, partly at Elveden Hall, and partly at Mentmore Towers, the gates of which bar Google maps and us (these aren’t the gates in the film). Obviously, Google, for all its power, doesn’t possess the password.

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Elveden Gate – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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Highclere Gate – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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Highclere Gate – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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The Road to Jericho and Oyster Bay – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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495 Exit – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

In Eyes Wide Shut, Bill gets his costume then sets out for the address given him by the pianist. We view the exit for 495.

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The next shot is in Oyster Bay. This was a tough one to find. We have just the briefest glimpse of a 106 Route sign. Then an illegible sign for a store that reads Wagner, and beyond that a sign for a Getty gas station which for all intents and purposes can’t be seen. But in the distance is a brightly lit side of a building with two gables. My thoughts? The only place on a road like this that will be that large and have two gables is likely to be a funeral home. And that’s how I located the Oyster Bay funeral home, which is the one seen in the film. The Wagner store and the Getty gas station have since been trashed and replaced.

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Oyster Bay – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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Possible Inspiration for The Rainbow – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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L’Impasse – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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With L’Impasse (which, I read, has been in business twenty years) we have perhaps the inspiration for the Rainbow costume shop. It is on West 8th Street, facing the end of MacDougal Street.

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The Sonata Cafe – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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Madame Jojo’s – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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Madame Jojo’s – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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Madame Jojo’s – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

The interior of Madame Jojo’s, in London, UK, was the set of the Sonata Cafe in Eyes Wide Shut.

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