A Spooky Tale of Old Hollywood Tour (Ghost Tales Walking Tour)

A Spooky Tale of Old Hollywood Tour (Ghost Tales Walking Tour)

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Hollywood is known worldwide as a place where starry eyed hopefuls come to live their dreams of being on the big screen or signing a major label recording contract. It’s been attracting these sparkling seekers since the 1920s, but not everyone’s story is star studded, some come here and descend into a dark under belly of the town which leads to addiction and tragedy. Join us as we learn about some of these spooky and scandalous stories as we explore.

The grand opening of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on May 18, 1927, was the most spectacular theatre opening in motion picture history. Thousands of people lined Hollywood Boulevard and a riot broke out as fans tried to catch a glimpse of the movie stars and other celebrities as they arrived for the opening. Previously, Grauman built the Million Dollar Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and the lavish Egyptian Theatre a few blocks from the Chinese, but he wanted to build his dream theatre here.

Grauman also built salons for private parties after a premiere or the Oscars where he and his famous friends could celebrate comfortably. He hid buzzers near lamps in the lobby to signal people inside to open the secret panel. For weeks, an employee heard buzzers in his upstairs office. He thought it was office intercom but eventually, he realized it was the buzzers for the secret salons coming from inside the sealed rooms. And the theater has a resident ghost, Fritz.

The interior of the theater is haunted by ghostly little girl named Annabell. She roams the backstage area of the theater, tugging on curtains and appearing to startle the staff. In more recent times, the forecourt became haunted as well.

The Roosevelt Hotel
Birthplace of the academy awards The hotel was built in 1926, in what is known as the Golden Era of Los Angeles architecture, and was named after the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. It was financed by a group that included Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Sid Grauman.

As the oldest continually operating hotel in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has definitely seen its share of history and scandals. From providing a place for a leading man’s extramarital affairs to being the starting point for a future blonde bombshell’s illustrious career, there are plenty of stories to be told from the walls of this historic hotel in the heart of Hollywood.

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has seen its fair share of Hollywood stars. And it doesn’t get any more famous than Hollywood’s Marilyn Monroe. She called the Roosevelt hotel home for two years, staying in a second-floor room with a balcony overlooking the pool. And it was at that very pool where Marilyn snagged her first professional photo shoot. Of course, she later went on to become one of the most famous actresses of all time, but it can be said that she stayed at the Roosevelt before she hit it big. Guests who are big fans of Marilyn can stay in her suite. Room #229, or the Marilyn Suite as it’s called, will definitely give fans a feel of Monroe’s early career.

Guests at the Roosevelt Hotel are entertained by a plethora of paranormal activity from the hotel’s past: children playing in the hallways; a pianist wearing a white suit and “very old shoes” tinkling the ivories on the mezzanine; guests swimming in the pool after hours—none of whom was of the flesh and blood variety. Marilyn Monroe stayed at the Roosevelt so often that she purchased a full-length antique mirror for her favorite suite above the pool. After her untimely death in 1962, the hotel stored it away; then, decades later during a major remodel, employees “rediscovered” it in the basement—its history long forgotten—and hung it in the lower lobby. One of Monroe’s Misfits costars, four-time Oscar nominee Montgomery Clift, is also a ghostly resident. He sticks close to room 928, his home for several months in 1952 while filming From Here to Eternity.