After The Rialto Report told the troubled behind-the-scenes story of Alice in Wonderland: An X-Rated Musical Fantasy (1976), we wanted to find the original locations – and see if we could visit them all within one eight-hour period.
This is how we got on.
Use the sliding bar in many of the pictures below to see ‘before’ view (from 1976) and ‘after’ view (from 2017) of the locations.
The previous installments in our series featuring adult film locations today have been:
3: Pretty Peaches (1978)
5: Deep Throat (1972)
6: Naked Came The Stranger (1975)
7: Boys In The Sand (1971)
8: Debbie Does Dallas (1978)
As recounted in The Rialto Report’s article ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (1976): What really happened?’, Bud Townsend shot the film three hours north of Manhattan in upstate New York. Four principal locations were used: the D.R. Evarts Library, a private estate in Palenville, the Kaaterskill Falls, and the Olana State Historic Site.
Alice in Wonderland: Location 1 – D.R. Evarts Library
The opening scenes in Alice in Wonderland were shot in the D.R. Evarts Library, Athens, NY – a beautiful, small building that is unchanged since the 1970s.
D.R. Evarts Library, Athens, NY – 2017
The opening scene of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ outside the D.R. Evarts Library
Alice (Kristine DeBell) opens the library door
The inside of the library has not changed in the 41 years since the film shoot…
…except for the addition of DVD racks.
The same book shelves and radiators remain.
The library itself is tiny, and would have been a challenge to film in.
The only change in this view is the addition of the DVD rack.
This section was, and still is, the children’s section of the library.
Alice in Wonderland: Location 2 – Private Estate near Palenville, NY
Most of the film was shot on a private estate just outside of the town of Palenville. The main mansion on the estate was built in the early 1900s, and the builder’s granddaughter’s family still lives in an adjacent cottage on the land. Her husband remembers the filming of Alice in Wonderland, which was shot on the lawn in front of the mansion and in the surrounding grounds. The couple were surprised when they looked out and saw scenes of a sexual nature being filmed in front of them.
The mansion, also known locally as ‘White’s Castle’
The woods behind the mansion were used for the dance numbers
The area is now overgrown and doesn’t appear to have been used for years
If the statues could talk…
The large entrance to the estate remains the same
The scenes with the Queen of Hearts (Juliet Graham) were shot in front of the mansion
Alice in Wonderland: Location 3 – The Kaaterskill Falls
The scenes shot in the waterfalls were filmed in nearby Kaaterskill Falls, located in the eastern Catskill Mountains.
Kristine DeBell in Alice in Wondlerland
The falls in 2017
Alice in Wonderland: Location 4: The Olana State Historic Site
The closing scene of Alice in Wonderland was shot in the grounds of Olana State Historic Site, home of Frederic Edwin Church, one of the major figures in the Hudson River School of landscape painting.