You want to immerse yourself in the spooky history of Tinsel Town
Soak up some fascinating history on your tour as well as hearing about the deplorable side of the City of Angels. In a town where everyone’s got a story, sticking to the facts takes dedication and perseverance. Our tour is painstakingly researched and based on facts from the history books and recorded first person accounts of hauntings and ghostly sightings.
Los Angeles, like so much of southern California, was initially settled by Spanish Mexico, later absorbed into the United States after the Mexican War. The small city of Los Angeles struggled initially and focused on selling the sunshine of California as a health tonic to the pale, sickly workers of the East Coast (or so they were depicted). The movie industry came later, and really got going with the arrival of Cecil B. DeMille. Weak Unions and plentiful labor with cheap space for studios made it a small rival for the established studios in the North East US.
The 40s and 50s with the Hollywood Red Scare, and the Golden age of the studio system established Hollywood’s reputation and opened the floodgates of people seeking fame and fortune, but the ghosts were already here.
The Hollywood sign even has its own hauntings and spooky stories. In 1930 the sign was still in its original form, reading ‘HOLLYWOODLAND’ it promoted a new housing development. Aspiring actress Peg Entwistle tasted fame, following the time-honored tradition of an ‘and’ career Actress ‘and’ stage bit player, she also went to parties with Hollywood’s royalty hoping to be noticed. The strategy worked, she appeared in one film, Thirteen Women (1932), but then she hit a dead end. Drinking, drugs, and depression ensued, and after one heavy night of drinking, she scaled all 50 feet of the first ‘H’ and plunged to her death.
Since then several sightings by hikers and even motorists have kept the story of Peg Entwistle alive and her spirit haunting the H in Hollywood.
You are looking to get to know the LA story
LA has the movies, but it’s still a city like any other, and even LA felt the effects of the Great Depression. The beautiful Hollywood First National building opened as a mixed-use building as high as was possible at the time, with ‘ultra-modern fixtures’ it was, for a while, a desirable location.
Then disaster struck, the Great Depression affected the owners. The building ran into trouble and became run down with the economic difficulties affecting many of the tenants, this led to one tense showdown where a tenant on the upper floors kidnapped his secretary and threatened her with a gun. The police attempted a daring raid, but it backfired and the gunman was tackled just after he had killed the secretary, and in the struggle he tried to shoot himself, maiming his face.
To this day a mutilated ghost patrols the building, which is perhaps why it remains empty and haunted.
Our tour is full of detailed insights into the lives, loves, and losses of the characters who helped build Hollywood and its storied legend.
You need something to do with the whole family
Hollywood is a family-friendly area today, our tour of LA’s Ghosts continues in this vein. We welcome people of all ages on the tour and offer entertainment and history for everyone. Our stories are scary, but we aim just short of terrifying, leaving most of the gore and guts to the imagination.
Some of the stories we tell are of benevolent hauntings, some might even be downright cute! Ghosts come in as many guises are there are living spirits to create them.
For example, the ghost that hoovers up the popcorn littered rows of The Egyptian Theatre has never been seen, but rumor has it the creature snuffles a lot like a pig, and if you drop your glasses and come face to face with it, you’ll only hear it, and see the seats move as it scurries away, startled. But bear in mind this has been going on for years…
You are looking for a new angle on the same old Hollywood Stories
Everyone knows the one in a million Hollywood stories that end in fame and fortune, with a career on the silver screen being adored by millions. But Hollywood has a different side. A darker side. Some stories don’t have a happy ever after, these are the Hollywood that most people experience, and we proudly present their stories for your entertainment, shock and awe!
Let us tell you about the misdeeds, mishaps, and miscreants that haunt Tinsel Town today and are, in our opinion better stories than most of what you will see at the movies today.
Take for instance the intrepid reporter convinced that the infamous Hollywood Wax Museum® was not haunted despite all the tales and first-hand accounts to the contrary.
He decided to sleep inside the museum one night, with the agreement of the staff. The next morning the staff opened the doors, the journalist was in one piece, but pale and visibly shaken by what he saw. But what did he see?
Well, join the tour and we will tell you everything he saw that night. You won’t find it in any newspaper though, he said he could not explain what he saw, and would not write about it until he could explain it.
You don’t care where today's celebrities live!
The ghost stories on LA Ghosts features the stars of every era of the silver screen. But you won’t see any celebrity houses on our tour. You’ll see the theatres that have seen the grandest openings, the glitziest premiers, and more collective Oscars than Katherine Hepburn (with a lifetime total of four, still the most ever!). What you will see is the struggle, the desire, and the passion that has made this town a mecca for the spirits that just can’t let go and haunt the places they remain attached to.
Hollywood has a special feel, we will reveal a new layer to the story for you, for your family, for your date, even for your next staycation. Everyone on an LA Ghosts tour will learn something new about the ghosts of LA.