We recently conducted a private ghost tour of LA and Hollywood. During our escapades, these night time photos were taken. The above picture was the result of an impatient photographer (me) who set the shutter to be open far longer than the camera could be held motionless for. However, in all the eerie-ness that is the Knickerbocker Hotel, from love-lost-suicides to Houdini seances, this is a perfect representation of one of the most epically and historically haunted buildings in Hollywood.
If the Pico House looks imposing in this picture, it should. This area witnessed the tragedies of the Chinese massacre and currently holds a violent and physically active spirit.
In the heart of Hollywood stands a building that represents Hollywood’s heart. After all, this is where a young Marilyn Monroe did her first photoshoot. Since then, she went all over the world, becoming one of the most iconic actors of all time. However, it is here that she returned. People can still catch a glimpse of her in her personal mirror, now on display for all to see.
There appears to be a storm gathering over the Jim Henson studios, but the biggest storm was a storm of creativity that happened here after Charlie Chaplin built this lot in 1917. His most well-loved films were shot here including “The Kid,” “City Lights” and “The Great Dictator.” Any place that has housed so much creative energy for 100+ years is bound to house some spirits and this place delivers.
Hollywood is a town built on passion and dreams and long shots. Unfortunately, that means that it’s also a town built on shattered dreams. One dream died in this lobby when Sam Warner, one of the famed Warner Brothers, collapsed. He died shortly thereafter due to a cerebral hemorrhage that stemmed from an untreated sinus infection. What made the tragedy even more extreme was that his death happened the day before the premiere of “The Jazz Singer,” which was the first ever talkie and also cemented his company as a major Hollywood Player
The Formosa Cafe, which was originally just this train car, holds countless Mafia secrets over the years. Since it’s located across the street from a studio, the clientele was and still is, largely famous actors. Who are the shadow people that now call this location home? Victims who fell on the wrong side of the mob or some of the many people who loved this place dearly in life?
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