|The "Haunted" Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, CA|
Happy Halloween from your friends at Artists on Demand!
To get into the spirit of the day we are going to share some of the supposedly haunted spots in Tinseltown. When most of us think of Hollywood, we think of the glittering actors and actresses or the beautiful weather; however, there is a always a more sinister side of the story. It's a place where dark things happen, as any dank castle, and there are many people who would sacrifice it all to have a place among the stars.
One of the most haunted places, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, is said to have two celebrity ghosts - Montgomery Clift, stayed at the hotel for three months while rehearsing his role in the 1953 movie "From Here to Eternity." His ghost now allegedly haunts room #928 of the 9th floor of the hotel, playing a trumpet, and pacing the hallways while reciting his old lines.
Marilyn Monroe has supposedly been seen several times in a full-length mirror, which was originally located in her poolside Suite 1200, where Marilyn often stayed. The mirror in which her image supposedly appears is now located next to the elevator on the lower level
There is also supposed to be a "cold spot" in the Blossom Ballroom at the same Roosevelt Hotel (the room where the very first Academy Awards ceremony was held), a circle about 30 inches in diameter and about 10 degrees colder than the rest of the ballroom.
Ready to book a room at the Roosevelt? I might be tempted to stay there to get a glimpse of Marilyn's ghost.
The ghost of magician Harry Houdini is said by some to roam the remains of his former home in the Hollywood Hills, located at 2398 Laurel Canyon Boulevard. That can't be true, can it? Mr. Houdini very famously scorned all things supernatural and said that if there were a way to come back from beyond, he would most certainly do so to prove it's validity. Hmm?
Culver Studios - where "Gone With the Wind" was shot - was built by film-make Thomas Ince. Rumor has it that Ince was accidentally shot and killed by a jealous William Randolph Hearst (the inspiration for "Citizen Kane"), who was supposedly aiming at Charlie Chaplinbut missed. According to the legend, the ghost of Thomas Ince now haunts his old studio, walking through walls and criticizing the new management.
The Vogue Theatre in Hollywood is supposed to be haunted by at least seven separate entities, allegedly including one particular spirit identified as "Fritz," a projectionist at the theater, who died in the projection booth. Other ghosts here include a a maintenance engineer, as well as a school teacher and her students who were killed almost a century ago when Prospect Elementary School (which used to stand on the site) burned down. The Vogue has been featured on numerous network TV broadcasts, and it is claimed that most film crews have had paranormal experiences inside the Vogue.
So, do you believe in ghosts?