The “Cheers” set

Cheers was filmed on Stage 25 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.

The set was designed by Richard Sylbert. It was patterned after the Bull & Finch bar in Boston. But the B&F is much smaller, and the bar itself is up against the back wall. The decor, Tiffany lamps, and stained glass is true to the B&F.

Director James Burrows had a lot of input into the design which is why it was so easy to shoot in it. You could bring cameras way up into the set, get many different and interesting angles, and even get shots all the way down the hall.

If you look closely you’ll notice a line that runs down the center of the bar. It’s on a hinge and actually the right half can swing around, allowing room for the right wall to swing back revealing Sam’s office.

hinge

If you look closely, you can figure out how the wall moved:

sams office

sams office2

Now check the angle between the wall and the stairs when filming in Sam's office. Then check out the bar scene:

angle

The third wall of Sam's office is not shown much in the series. Here's a glimpse of it:

third wall

Here's a scale model that explains everything:

cheers play 1

cheers play 2

cheers play 3

cheers play 4

Miniature set designed by Charles Brogdon. Check out his flickr page for more!

2 comentarii

22 Dec 2012 la 06:05
Charles Brogdon

Hello you did not ask my permission to use my Cheers miniature model pictures nor did you give me credit. Take them down or give me credit and a link to my flickr page. Thanks.

22 Dec 2012 la 12:40
pinkISH

Great work, sorry for the omission. All fixed now!

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