Places to Visit in LA – Haunted Hollywood
Hollywood, California is the destination of dreams. It is the place you think of when you think glitter and glamor. Stars were made in Hollywood. People from all over the globe know Hollywood for its studios and stars. However to its residents it is also famous for its ghosts. This October think of Hollywood as your place to visit for spooks and haunts. Check out:
The Knickerbocker Hotel
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The Knickerbocker was built in 1925 and its Renaissance Revival Bar became the place to be seen in Hollywood for the next thirty years. Stars like Rudolph Valentino, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley could be seen whiling the time in this fashionable locale. It’s ghostly reputation began with the death of film director, D.W.Griffith beneath the hotel’s priceless chandelier and continued on with the suicide of costume designer, Irene Gibbons. Friends say that Gibbons had been distraught over the death of her lover, Gary Cooper. After checking in to the Knickerbocker, Irene slashed her own wrists and jumped from the window of her room to her death on the streets below.
Frances Farmer, a famous actress in the Golden Age of Hollywood was a resident of the Knickerbocker that battled with psychiatric issues. Frances’s connection to the Knickerbocker includes being dragged from the lobby and taken away to the rather gruesome by modern conditions sanitarium nearby where she was met with electroshock treatments and ice baths. These were some of the more Hollyweird tragedies associated with the hotel, but by far not the only misfortunes to occur within its stately doors.
As another item of interest, the very first seance to contact Harry Houdini occurred in the Knickerbocker. While Harry did not appear, a violent thunderstorm did roll over the Knickerbocker that night – a violent thunderstorm that appeared nowhere else in Hollywood.
To this day guests claim to have seen Marilyn Monroe in the ladies room, Rudolph Valentino in its halls, and objects moved or missing seconds after placing them down. Whether these stories are true or imagined, the old Knickerbocker is a hotel to see for its beauty alone. The old hotel was converted to a retirement home in the 1970â€™s but the bar was reopened in the nineties as a cafe.
The Roosevelt Hotel
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The Roosevelt’s connection to Hollywood history is well known. It was opened close to the studio district with the intention of serving the film industry. It’s grand opening read like an Academy Awards ceremony with starts such as Greta Garbo, Douglas Fairbanks, Will Rogers, and Gloria Swanson on hand to keep the party going. Speaking of the Academy Awards, the very first Academy Award ceremony was held at the Roosevelt.
While the Roosevelt did not have the very public tragedies of its rival the Knickerbocker, it has had more than its share of ghost stories reported. Visitors and staff members alike have complained of cold spots and a man in black who roams the Blossom Room. The hotel also boasts of a mirror that reflects the image of a blonde woman – incidentally, this mirror came from Suite 1200, the suite formerly frequented by Marilyn Monroe. Guests of room 928 have complained of cold spots and phantom “touches”.
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It is well known around Hollywood that all of the studios have been privy to a little otherworldly visitation. Speak to any security guard who has worked the night shift to hear some truly hair-raising tales. The most famous studio for paranormal activity is Paramount. Built next to the cemetery, Hollywood Memorial Park, Paramount is almost the perfect setting for ghostly tales.
Stages 29 through 32 (closest to the park) have had reports of apparitions, footsteps, doors opening and shutting, and equipment turning itself on and off. Security guards reported locked doors being opened and slammed again. There are some security personnel who because of the paranormal activity at the Lemon Grove gate refused to work there any longer.
The Hart building is known for what is described as a feminine ghost who haunts the upper floors, leaves traces of old perfume, cold spots, and even throws things around and breaking them.
There are several touring companies that specialize in Haunted Hollywood. The tours receive good reviews from locals and tourists a like. If you are in Los Angeles and looking for things to do, try a Haunted Hollywood Tour – or grab a map and treat yourself to a ghostly walk around town.