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"That's three blocks down and one block over. You can't miss it."
-Creeson
Wessex Hotel Doorman







- THE WESSEX HOTEL - (ELEVATOR) - Shots of the Wessex Hotel's service elevator's exterior come from the Ambassador Hotel's service elevator. The interior shots of the elevator were filmed on a studio sound stage at the film's production company, Wilshire Court Productions. It stands at 5700 Wilshire Boulevard. The interior of the elevator was built to be an exact replica of Ambassador's service elevator.

Note:

One of the best views of the elevator's interior comes courtesy of the front cover boxart used on the film's release in Portugal.

While several other international versions of the film contain the same image, the top is generally blocked by the inclusion of an axe head, superimposed at the top of the cover. The version released in Portugal, however, does not contain the axe head at the top, thereby allowing the features of the top of the elevator control panel to be seen more clearly and defined.

With the openess provided, we are allowed to see not only the top of the elevator control panel more clearly, but we can also see the two sets of retractable metal grating that compose the safety closure feature which allow the elevator to run.

We also notice a small, circular device at the base of the control panel, just to the left of the first retractable gate. Containing an illegible message written on its front, the raised brass serifed font, like the device itself, appears antique and ornate, and its function is more than likely pertanant to the elevator's operation, but it is never seen during the film, and its true purpose is unknown.