by Mar Yvette - 482 Reviews - 150 List
We all know that living in Los Angeles can be a scary experience--the traffic alone is a nightmare. But what about LA's other spooky scenes? Read our list to explore the scariest places around the City of Angels ... and devils. (Photo courtesy of Universal Studios)
Updated: October 28, 2010
The dark hauntings at this famous Sunset Strip comedy club are no laughing matter. Formerly known as mob hangout Ciro's in the 1940s, reported regulars from the hereafter include murdered victims of mobsters in the basement as well as stand-up alumni who play pranks on the staff.
With one of the most gruesome histories of any movie theater, the Silent Movie Theatre has forever cemented its status in haunted Hollywood. Legends include ghosts in the projection rooms, blood-splattered carpet from machine-gun murders and a constant haunting by two former owners. Talk about scary movies.
Of course Hollywood's most famous theater can't exist without a few hauntings of its own. Among claimed creep factors is the tale that murdered actor Victor Killian moves objects around inside the theater, still in search of the culprit who took his life at his apartment, which was once right down the road from Grauman's.
Sometimes fans just can't get enough of their favorite celebrity, and this certainly seems to be true for the ghoulish girl that haunts this famous cemetery. She is said to walk the grounds in a long black veil and place flowers on the final resting place of Rudolph Valentino every week. According to legend, the apparition has been honoring the famed thespian's memory since he died in 1930. Sort of gives new meaning to the phrase "Forever your girl."
This famous carrier ship turned museum and hotel won't leave you on your own to look for the hauntings with their "Ghosts and Legends" tour. Among the frightful highlights are mysterious splashing noises and footprints around the long-drained swimming pool as well as the sound of children crying from the ship's former third-class nursery.
The Hollywood Sign has been a beacon of fame and fortune for more than 80 years. So, you may wonder, what about this legendary landmark could be so scary? Well, according to Hollywood lore, a struggling 1930s actress committed suicide on the site of the famous sign and hasn't been able to stop reenacting the deed since that fateful night. Maybe that's why the area is now off limits to visitors.
One of Old Hollywood's most powerful men is said to grace this theatre with his paranormal presence, and after all, why not? It originally belonged to him. The eccentric and genius billionaire Howard Hughes is said to return to his famous theatre on opening night. (Only this time, he doesn't have to worry about catching any germs.)
Though this famous Hollywood hangout of old now simply supports the old (it's a senior citizen home), this one-time hot spot still has patrons coming back from the grave to grab a drink. Among its reported ghostly guests are the iconic Rudolph Valentino and famous illusionist Harry Houdini.
According to studio legend, the "man of a thousand faces," Lon Chaney Sr., the original Phantom of the Opera, has decided to relive one of his most acclaimed roles for eternity. Reports say that the phantom has been seen running across the studio catwalks, mysteriously holding a chandelier that was removed years ago.