Ready for some real scares this Halloween season? Here's your guide to six of the most haunted architectural gems in Los Angeles, from movie studios to legendary hotels and theaters. Enjoy/beware!
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Numerous actors and notable figures have graced the Spanish-style halls of this famous historic hotel since its opening in 1927, including those who find it hard to leave! Legend has it that Marilyn Monroe appears in a full-length mirror from Suite 1200, where she stayed when she was first becoming famous, and Montgomery Clift is said to purleiu in and around room 928. Humphrey Bogart, Carmen Miranda, and Betty Grable has also been known to haunt the hotel, along with a dapperly-dressed thirties-era man who is said to hang around the Blossom Room (where the first Oscars were held).
Los Angeles City Hall
This Art Deco masterpiece is one of the most iconic buildings in Los Angeles, gracing the downtown skyline since its opening in 1928. There have been several reports of hauntings over the years, the most famous being a nattily-dressed, old-fashioned gentleman who likes to disrupt City Council meetings and bother officials in the bathroom.
The Queen Mary
The Queen Mary was a luxury liner that sailed the North Atlantic Route between the UK and the US from 1936 to 1967, and today is used as a hotel, events venue, and paranormal tourist destination. One haunting in particular stems from the demise of a young man, John Henry, who worked on board and was crushed to death while attempting to flee from a fire in Engine Room 13. The door to Engine Room 13 has been reported hot to the touch, and sometimes a bright ball of light and billowing smoke emerges from the room, along with screams and knocks. There are over 150 other spooky occurrences documented on the ship, including children who drowned in the first class pool, and a "lady in white".
The Silent Movie Theatre
Now home to Cinefamily, the Silent Movie Theatre is said to be haunted by the ghosts of its first two owners. The first, John Hampton, opened the theater in 1942 and dedicated his life to preserving silent films using toxic chemicals that eventually gave him cancer. The other, Lawrence Austin, reopened the theater in the early nineties and was fatally shot in the lobby. Hampton is said to haunt the upstairs lounge while Austin covers the lobby.
The palatial Art Deco Theater opened on June 4, 1933, and has become the premier live performance venue in Los Angeles. The theater has at least two ghosts: a singing woman who's said to have died in the mezzanine in 1932 and the theater's previous owner, the notorious Howard Hughes. His offices were located on the second floor, and employees over the years say they've seen his spirit supervising his old stomping grounds.
Culver Studios was built by Thomas H.Ince in 1918, which included many of the picturesque Colonial-styled buildings still seen today. In 1924, Ince died aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht under some very mysterious circumstances. It is believed that Hearst shot Ince, wrongly thinking he was having an affair with his mistress, Marion Davies (Truthfully, Davies was having an affair with Charlie Chaplin). Ince is now said to haunt his old studio, seen climbing the stairs to his private projection room. All photos by Grace Lennon