There is always a lot going on behind the scenes in Los Angeles, and hauntings and ghost stories number among the more fascinating.
A number of haunted spots exist around the Los Angeles area, including an old hospital and a “suicide” bridge. But did you know that even some of the most famous landmarks of Los Angeles also have their ghost stories?
Although the following five places are some of the most popular tourist spots in Los Angeles, they are haunted just the same.
1. The Comedy Store
Even if you’ve never attended an evening of hilarity at this popular comedy club, you’ve most probably heard of it. Since it opened in 1972 it has played host to aspiring stand-up comedians and famous comedy actors. Some of the alums include Whoopie Goldburg, Tim Allen, Robin Williams and Jerry Seinfeld.
However, The Comedy Store building was originally Ciro’s restaurant, a notorious hangout for the mob following WWII through the 1950s. Today you can still see peepholes that allowed mob kingpin Mickey Cohen to watch who came in.
A hole in the wall by the stairway was made to fit a gun that would be used to shoot men that Cohen did not want in his establishment.
The basement is where Cohen had men “eliminated.”
A number of sightings of several of Cohen’s hit men have been attested to, as well as the ghost of a woman who is said to have performed illegal abortions for Cohen. The misty form of one of the women who died having an abortion has also been seen. Loud voices, screams and even snarling have been heard coming from the basement.
2. Pantages Theatre
At one time billionaire businessman and famous recluse Howard Hughes owned the Pantages.
The ghost of Howard Hughes has been seen in the rooms that were his former office.
It was also spotted a number of times by workers who were involved in the theater’s restoration, done in the year 2000. Hughes was notorious as a workaholic and stickler for detail, and during this time his ghost was often seen walking the scaffolding and peering over the shoulders of the workers as if inspecting the work.
Broadway musicals are performed today in the Pantages Theatre, and often during cast recording sessions the voice of a female singer who died from the mezzanine in 1932 can be heard.
3. Griffith Park
Covering over 4,000 acres, Griffith Park is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. The haunting of this park begins with the death of Don Antonio Feliz, a wealthy landowner here in the late 19th century. His niece, Dona Petrenilla, was due to inherit the land, but when she was cheated out of it she is said to have put a curse on the land and all subsequent owners. Dona Petrenilla has been seen at times in a flowing white dress riding a white ghost horse, haunting the many back trails of Griffith Park.
Her curse appears to be working as well – ill omens, bad luck and even untimely deaths have plagued many of the owners of this land over the years. Griffith J. Griffith, the last owner, went to prison for shooting and maiming his wife.
4. Hollywood Sign
Unfortunately, the 45-foot tall letters and the sign’s remote location have attracted people intent on committing suicide. It is one of these suicide victims that today haunts the sign.
An aspiring actress but troubled young lady, Peg Entwistle, committed suicide off the top of the sign in 1932, using a ladder left by a workman to climb to the top of the “H” letter.
Today people admit to having seen a pretty young woman, dressed in 1930s fashion, wandering around the base of the sign, or even sitting atop the “H.” Some even attest to seeing the young woman jump from her perch on the “H.”
5. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
It is also considered to be one of the most haunted buildings in the entire world.
Here is just a few of the hauntings and ghosts that have been well documented over the years:
Marilyn Monroe’s reflection is often seen in a mirror hanging in the hotel’s lobby. The mirror used to hang in the suite where Marilyn lived for a time.
The Blossom Ballroom (where the first Academy Awards ceremony was held) has a distinct cold spot. A man dapperly dressed in 1930s clothes is frequently spotted roaming about the guests, but vanishes if someone attempts to talk with him
The ghostly visage of a little girl has been seen skipping around the fountain in the center of the lobby.
Carol Lombard, a glamorous movie star and the wife of famous movie star Clark Gable, died in a tragic plane crash in 1942. Her ghost has been seen haunting the suite of rooms where the two of them often stayed.
Alice Perkins is a travel blogger for RedWeek.com, the largest online market place for timeshare rentals, where vacationers can find luxury accommodations for less than the cost of a typical hotel room.