We are proud to introduce you to the real LA story, it’s not as pretty as the silver screen portrays it, but it’s just as engrossing and even more scary. Join us for the real history of Tinsel Town, with all its human weakness, vice and evil. We’ll tell you the stories behind the ghosts of Hollywood Boulevard, the famous theatres, Hotels and High schools where the movie industry grew up to become what it is today.
Over just under a mile of walking you’ll see familiar icons and hidden treasures and hear the stories of the lives lived and the ghosts who haunt the living on the streets of Hollywood. Our passionate guides will share the real-life histories and the most authentic ghost stories, gathered from written and oral histories torn from the pages of history books and the modern era.
Like the former Embassy Club, an exclusive getaway for celebrities to wind down away from the glare of the media spotlight. A former speakeasy and haunted from those days the building now houses the Stella Adler Academy of acting and the budding actors within have many scary stories to share. Join our tour to hear about the elevator ghosts in this stunning building.
There are no shortage of scary and historical stories that would be perfect for our tour, however, while researching this route we came across several stories from wider afield, stories that would make your skin crawl. We put the best ones on our haunted Los Angeles blog. If our walking tour gives you a feel for the supernatural, there are plenty more threads to pull on over our blog.
The original El Capitan Theatre, built in 1926, wasn’t originally meant to show movies. However, over the years it attracted big name performers like Clark Gable, Gertrude Lawrence, and Jack Buchanan. Hit hard by the depression in the 30s, the theater owners tried everything they could to get people to buy tickets. No matter what Paramount or Disney tried, the results were tragic. After multiple suicides by managers and employees, the mysterious hauntings began, and never ended…
The Magic Castle is perhaps the oddest stop on this tour. Originally built as a gorgeous chateau-style mansion for prominent businessman Rollin B. Lane back in 1909, the building currently acts as the exclusive clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts. As you might have guessed, a building so closely linked to magic and the mystical arts also has its fair share of hauntings and ghostly sightings, including the ghost of the original owner, Rollin B. Lane, who wanders the halls of his castle, not really bothering anybody…but, he’s not alone and some of his companions aren’t so nice to intruders!
Completing the trifecta of Grauman’s themed theaters on this tour, along with the El Capitan and the Chinese theater, the Egyptian Theatre was actually the first of the three to be built in 1922. As the saying goes, every opera has a phantom, and every theater has a ghost. This is certainly true of the Egyptian. During the renovations, just as it had during the El Capitan, the contractors often complained of someone messing with their tools, or hiding them and undoing work they had already done. Even Sid Grauman’s ghost is rumored to attend screenings sometimes and clap loudly as the credits roll…