10 Days to Halloween – Haunted Places Around L.A.

What do you do when you encounter a ghost?  Don’t know?  Want a challenge?

According to TimeOut Los Angeles, the following are real, haunted spots in L.A.  Upon reading the list, I don’t think I’ll be going anywhere near some of these places…but if you go, my dear reader, then please let me know how it went.  I’m dying to know!

‘Till next time!

1) Rancho Los Amigos Hospital – It’s now abandoned, but founded in 1888 as the County Poor Farm, it housed the city’s poor and mentally ill. The old mental ward is fenced up but dare-devils have broken in and later talked about their experiences including discovering mummified body parts. No one knows why the ward shut down. Down the road from the current Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center at 7601 Imperial Hwy, Downey, CA 90242.

2) Pasadena’s “Suicide Bridge” – People have reported seeing a man leap off a railing but when they go to help, no one is there.  Others have seen a woman crossing the bridge while driving and swerve to miss her, but she then vanishes. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91105.

3) Hollywood Roosevelt – Marilyn Monroe has been sighted here, the late actor Montgomery Clift has been heard practicing his trumpet late at night in the suite where he lived while filming the movie From Here to Eternity and random lights and faucets have turned on and off on their own, as well as the hotel’s switchboard getting calls from vacant rooms. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.

4) The Comedy Store – Once the base of operations where Mickey Cohen ran his mob business, it became a comedy club in 1972. There are still peepholes in the walls where mobsters could see who was coming and going and there’s a “gun hole” in a stairwell that fits a gun to be used to shoot people going up or down the stairs. The basement was used to “take care” of “problem people” and employees have said that they’ve heard voices, cries and even snarls coming from the basement. 8433 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069.

5) The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre – Owner Lawrence Austin was shot to death in 1997 in the theatre’s lobby and it’s been said that his ghost haunts the lobby while the theatre’s original owner, John Hampton, has been heard roaming the second floor, where he once lived. 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

6) The Hollywood Sign – Broadway stage actress Peg Entwistle committed suicide by jumping off the letter “H.” Visitors have reported seeing the actress by the sign and some have claimed to have picked up the scent of her gardenia perfume.

7) Griffith Park – Wealthy land owner Don Antonio Feliz died suddenly from small pox and legend says that his beloved niece, Dona, was cheated out of his will. As a result, she put a nasty curse on the land and its owners. There have been reports of a young Dona in a white dress on horseback, haunting the trails, as well as other ghosts and odd happenings occurring in the park. 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027.

8) Pantages Theatre – Howard Hughes, who once owned the theatre, has been seen in his former office on the second floor.  Also, during a restoration project in 2000, there were claims that a man was seen stepping off the balcony, walking along the scaffolding, and standing over a worker inspecting his work. When the worker turned to ask the man what he wanted, the man disappeared. In addition, there seems to be a female presence haunting the theatre; a patron who died during a show in 1932. Once, during a cast recording, microphones were set up on stage and a woman’s voice could be heard singing into a mic, but there was no one on stage. 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.

9) The Culver Studios – Silent movie mogul’s, Thomas Ince’s, ghost has been spotted showing up for work at his studio, and can be seen and heard walking through walls. 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.

10) Vogue Theatre – This theatre is notorious for being haunted but, while even the current owners agree that there’s unexplained activity, the challenge is recognizing what stories about its past are true or not.  Its most famous ghost, however, is a projectionist, Fritz, who worked in the theatre for 40 years and died of a heart attack in the projection room in the ’80s. 6675 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

11) The Del Monte Speakeasy – This was a hot place during Prohibition. It’s been reported that former owner Frank Bennett, still haunts his favorite corner booth that sits across the bar. 52 Windward Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90291.

12) Yamashiro – One of the most romantic restaurants in L.A., it has several spooky spots within it. Apparently, there’s a former bartender who makes his presence known around the bar and there have been sounds of a crying bride and a woman in white in the bridal suite. There has also been word that silhouettes of a man and a woman walk around the family-owned property and inexplicable sounds of crashing plates. 1999 N. Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068.

13) Queen Mary – Probably one of the more famous haunted spots in L.A., this ship has proven time and again that it is most definitely haunted. Visitors on tours and visitors who spend the night on the ship have reported hearing voices and rattling chains. According to the late psychic and ghost hunter, Peter James, almost every part of the ship is haunted. 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, Los Angeles 90802.

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