A Walk of Fame and Hollywood Boulevard Littered With Broken Dreams
Just beneath the surface of LA’s forever sunny weather and shiny Hollywood glamor lie deep reservoirs of unfathomable darkness and despair. The crushed hopes and aspirations of those that once held stars in their eyes die in a place where people escaped to make their dreams come true only to find the reality is anything but a Hollywood fairytale ending.
Join LA Ghosts on a journey through the famous, and infamous, Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame, and misfortune. Uncover the shocking details behind the truth of why the heart of the film industry and home of the Oscars breeds famous ghosts and ghostly encounters with celebrity spirits. From the haunted Hollywood Roosevelt to the disturbing occurrences at The Magic Castle to mysterious deaths and unsolved mysteries at the TCL Chinese Theatre, you’ll discover the dark truth behind icons like Marilyn Monroe whose ambitions of stardom led them to become the city’s cautionary tales of tragedy and loss.
For every story of glitz, glamor, and grandeur there are two more full of anguish, devastation, and death.
What Will I See?
Bright Lights, Sad City
Adoringly known as Tinseltown, Hollywood has a reputation for producing cinematic blockbusters and big names. However, its alter ego is the destroyer, a vengeful side to the city that shows no mercy with the original owner of the El Capitan Theatre being one of its many victims.
Uncover the dismal origins of “Hollywood’s First Home of Spoken Drama”, a theater hit so hard by the depression of the 30s that it ultimately led to the untimely demise of one of the managers right in the balcony.
Today, unnerving reports of items being moved, doors being locked, and workers disappearing for days only to find themselves on the balcony with no memory of how they got there has been a common occurrence. A former projectionist who repeatedly experienced visions of an employee that did not exist would eventually slit his wrists in the projection room, becoming one of the theater’s many victims and its latest trapped soul.
Originally known as Graumen’s Chinese Theatre, this landmark location is one of the most prominent in Los Angeles. It’s been host to a variety of notable events and Hollywood legends and has been home to the spirits of the disturbingly departed. Unexplained events include a creepy tale of the theatre’s buzzer system continuing to operate years after its disconnection, and far after the rooms had been sealed off.
Outside the theatre, former Broadway star and character actor, Victor Killian, lingers long after his brutal slaying. Terrifying accounts of his presence have been reported for decades on end with witnesses claiming to have seen Mr. Killian walking quietly amongst the concrete blocks. The destitute apparition has also been known to strike up a conversation with unsuspecting tourists, only revealing his true state when he turns to expose the horrific head wound that put him in his ghastly disposition.
Fame Becomes Infamy in Haunted Hollywood Hotels
It’s no secret that Hollywood is the place to be for those trying to make it in the business. And for those who’ve arrived, The Hollywood Roosevelt is the hot spot for all of Tinseltown’s glitzy clientele, even the fabulously ghoulish afterlife. Named after President Theodore Roosevelt, the hotel is a site not to be missed as you never know who – or what – you might run into.
Throughout the years, spectral sightings have been reported by guests and staff, each more startling than the last. Learn about former movie star Montgomery Clift and his sightings in room 928 where he stayed while filming From Here to Eternity. It’s said that he makes his presence known by tapping guests on the shoulder and has been known to watch the maids work.
There are other spirits that reside in the hotel such as that of Caroline, a five-year-old girl who is believed to be stuck in a never-ending loop of searching for her mother. While her presence can raise the hair on your neck, nothing takes people aback quite like a visit from Marilyn Monroe.
The story of Ms. Monroe is one of the most tragic and heartbreaking in Hollywood’s disturbing history. Once known as a bombshell, she is now known as The Hollywood Roosevelt’s most active spirit, still drawing a crowd as thousands of tourists a year specifically request to stay in her former suite hoping to catch a glimpse of the eternal starlet.
Why is Los Angeles So Haunted?
Murderous Magic and Deadly Tricks
Your journey through the last hundred years of haunted Hollywood history will unveil the truth behind the area’s most iconic attractions and the fall of the celebrity giants who had so much to gain… until they had nothing left to lose. The allure of a city offering seemingly endless possibilities reveals itself to be nothing more than an illusion filled with very real hauntings and echoes of harrowing encounters that can never be forgotten.
One of the most revered places for many magicians to visit is also the home of doused ambitions. Follow their path to The Magic Castle, where you’ll uncover unhinged accounts of suicides committed by magicians waiting for their turn on stage. Hear the sad but true tale of Matt Gilroy, a once famous magician that was horrendously tormented before his act, resulting in his canceled performance and, ultimately, the end of his successful career.
The Magic Castle isn’t the only building in Hollywood that’s left a path of destruction and dashed hopes. The Hollywood VIP Hotel has a reputation for its inability to retain owners. And it’s no wonder why. To date, the building has preyed upon multiple owners including a husband and wife team that succumbed to its reign of terror, with the husband committing suicide in the office and the wife ultimately filing for bankruptcy. Even today, the building continues to test the sanity of workers, staff, and anyone who dares enter.
An Icon With a Sordid Past
With the unforgiving records of an undefeated city, none are quite as horrifically poetic as that of the Hollywood sign. Originally designed as a short-term marketing push, the sign has become an iconic monument of Hollywood, thanks to a group of independent donors (including Hugh Hefner) who funded its rebuild. Though its reconstruction was done with good intentions, it’s not stopped this landmark from becoming a beacon of tragedy.
Its most notable casualty is that of 24-year-old Peg Entwistle, an aspiring actress who jumped to her death from the letter “H” and whose apparition can still be seen reliving that dreadful night, with unsuspecting witnesses trying to help her only to realize she’s disappeared immediately following her fall. If you happen to see her on the tour, be sure you don’t become a target as John Arbogast did, a true account you’ll hear on LA Ghost Tours.
Glitz and Glamor Hide a Sinister Reality
Hollywood may be a dream location for those seeking fame and fortune, but the truth of this sought-after destination is far more disturbing than the reality shows let you see. Unsettling visions of weeping children can be seen in various locations such as the Stella Adler Academy of Acting. The building has been known for unexplained accidents and tragedy, and if you’re not careful, the building just may claim you next.
Even a business as seemingly innocent as the Hollywood Wax Museum harbors a dark and creepy presence. One that produces unexplained anomalies and even terrified a National Enquirer reporter so badly, he opted not to write about his experience, instead penning a letter to the staff detailing what occurred that frightening night.
What’s So Special About LA Ghosts?
See The Darker Side of The Bright Lights in a Beautiful Destination
The devastation that has consumed the city of lights has affected more than just its inhabitants. Once a stunning symbol of prosperity, the Hollywood First National Building succumbed to the city’s tragic reputation, struggling financially and eventually being abandoned. Though unoccupied by the living, the dead have made themselves welcome. Malevolent entities are said to now inhabit the building including the spirit of a former investor who turned his misfortune into a deadly encounter that keeps him tethered to the place of his heinous crimes. When you arrive at the building, look up – if you dare.
An Adrenaline Rush and Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience
With so many tales of desperation, despair, and death, it’s easy to see why Hollywood is the subject of ongoing investigations into its demented past. Your trip through Hollywood history will help you understand the true cost of fame and fortune, while also sending chills down your spine.
See the sites and walk the famous streets while you try to catch your breath–not just from breathtaking views but from experiencing electric ghostly encounters.
And who knows, you may just see someone famous… visiting from the other side.
Be Part of a Growing Ghostly Community
Explore a side of Los Angeles where the brights blind those with stars in their eyes. Learn how the popularity of this town shines like a spotlight, drawing in thousands seeking fame and fortune, but often shattering their hearts and dreams.
Join LA Ghosts and our growing community as we take you on an unforgettable journey through this unconquered city full of those looking for the next encounter and the next shocking sighting. Book your ghost tour tonight!