Trivia: In one of the 1919 flashback scenes, Raoul looks out of the car window at a Swarovski jewelry store. The Swarovski crystal company made the chandelier for the film, valued at over $1.3 million.
Trivia: The candles that light instantly as they come out of the water in the Phantom's Lair were not done by computers- special candles were used that were sensitive to air. Luckily, the scene went well and the actors didn't mess up, as when they tried to re-shoot the scene, the candles didn't work a second time.
Trivia: The song sung during the credits is song by Minnie Driver who played La Carlotta. Hers were the only vocals dubbed during the movie.
Trivia: In the beginning, when the Phantom leads Christine down a passage, the moving arms holding candelabras are a tribute to Jean Cocteau's 'Beauty and the Beast,' filmed in 1946.
Trivia: In Carlotta's dressing room there is a large portrait of Carlotta holding Andrew Lloyd Webber's head on a plate.
Trivia: Since the camera angles during "All I Ask of You" are sweeping, the kiss between Christine and Raoul had to be shot many, many times. Emmy Rossum had to ice her lips between takes to keep them from swelling.
Trivia: During 'Masquerade', the camera sweeps up the steps to a group of people in cat masks, who strike a pose similar to a pose often used in promotional material for the musical 'Cats, ' also by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Trivia: When Andrew Lloyd Webber originally approached Michael Crawford in 1984 about starring in the show, and after reading the novel, Crawford made an assumption that Webber wanted him to play Raoul, and spent a year studying Nelson Eddy's performance in the 1943 film. It wasn't until he was at his audition that Crawford learned Steve Barton had been cast as Raoul a week earlier, and that Webber wanted him to play the Phantom.
Trivia: This movie was originally going to be made in 1990 with Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford in the leading roles, the same actors who played the parts originally on stage. However Brightman's divorce from composer/producer Andrew Lloyd Webber put an end to the project.