‘Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel’ is a Strange Movie about a Strange Place

A resident surrounded by the stuff of a lifetime in a scene from ‘Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel.’ ©Clindoeilfilms. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

The mystique of the Chelsea Hotel has achieved cult-like status over the decades, due to the parade of counterculture icons that have alighted there for famous nights, epic summer sojourns, and in some cases, incomprehensible decades. The list is long—Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, Janis Joplin and the song Leonard Cohen wrote about her, Andy Warhol and the movie he made about the place, Sid & Nancy whose room is still a destination for a certain

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