Famous Haunted Spots in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is the most haunted city in California, according to Unsolved Mysteries as reported in the Huffington Post. Most of the allegedly haunted homes in the county are actually privately owned and not accessible to the public. However, there are many spooky public places, such as hotels, theaters and even the iconic Hollywood sign. All are said to be frequented by ghosts. You can visit these places on your own or take one of the many group tours offered in and around Los Angeles.

Haunted Hotels

  • The Knickerbocker Hotel was a famous Hollywood hangout. Now a retirement home, the property is reputed to be haunted by the ghosts of deceased patrons such as Harry Houdini and Rudolph Valentino. A historic hotel that still welcomes guests is the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. It was frequented by many famous guests, some of whom apparently still refuse to check out! Lingering guests reportedly include Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe, who liked Cabana Room 246. Spirits are also said to frequent the Alexandria Hotel and the Cecil Hotel.

Theater Hauntings

  • The Pantages Theatre was owned by the eccentric Howard Hughes, so it may not seem all that unusual that his ghost reportedly visits it on opening nights. The Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax Avenue reputedly has a gruesome history. It's seen multiple machine gun murders and has a haunted projection room. The ghosts of two former owners are constantly trolling the aisles. Hollywood’s famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is said to be haunted by actor Victor Killian who moves things around in the theater while searching for his murderer.

Outdoor Apparitions

  • The Hollywood sign in Griffith Park was reportedly the site of a suicide when an unsuccessful actress plunged to her death in the 1930s. Her spirit can be seen replaying her final act. That suicide may be one of the reasons the sign is now off limits to visitors. The ghost of a girl in a long black veil wanders the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Santa Monica Boulevard. Since the death of actor Rudolph Valentino in the 1930s, she has been seen placing flowers on his grave every week, according to legend.

Other Los Angeles Haunts

  • Flickering lights and slamming doors are frequent occurrences on the Queen Mary’s “G” deck, thought to be the Ship’s morgue. Many female ghosts are said to haunt the ship. One allegedly can be seen diving into the pool, while another elegantly dressed spirit lingers around the ship’s piano in the saloon. Utensils move around and vanish in the galley where a cook was killed, and other strange sounds can be heard throughout the ship. The Forever 21 offices downtown are haunted by the ghost of a vanishing girl. The site may have housed a mental facility in the past.

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