2. Las Vegas

Beth Harmon in a scene at the Las Vegas tournament
Beth Harmon in Las Vegas for a tournament in The Queen’s Gambit. Photo: PHIL BRAY/NETFLIX © 2020

The scenes in Las Vegas were shot at the Palais am Funkturm in Berlin, a 1950s era ballroom and event space designed by architect Bruno Grimmek. The set designers added a lot of additional Vegas-esque set pieces to complete the scene.

According to Messe Berlin, the company that manages the building, the venue has quite the Modernist amenities which must have been truly futuristic when it opened in 1957: “With a retractable staircase, partitions and a chandelier adjustable for height, Berlin’s largest ballroom offers outstanding flexibility when it comes to organising available space. The Fifties and Sixties are back in vogue here, with curved designs, period decorations and a large patio complete with fountains.” It looks like the Palais am Funkturm is often used for conferences, but slid right in doubling as a hotel in The Queen’s Gambit.