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13 haunted places in Los Angeles

From ghost sightings to strange noises, check out these 13 haunted places in L.A. for some real scares

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Call us old-fashioned, but we like our haunted places in L.A. authentic. We're not talking about manufactured scares at haunted houses; we searched the spookiest nabes for horror hot spots—and consulted our friends over at Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles (GHOULA). Founder Richard Carradine has been collecting tales of L.A. haunted spots for years, and every month—on the 13th, naturally—GHOULA hosts Spirits with Spirits mixers (currently on hiatus) at some of the city’s spookiest venues, as well as other ghost tours. “We have two rules on where we meet—it’s got to serve alcohol and it’s got to be haunted,” he says.

Ready to scare yourself silly? Here’s your handy guide to the 13 most haunted places in L.A., including a Hollywood theater, a notorious Downtown hotel and a Long Beach oceanliner where ghosts of the past still rattle a few chains. 

If you're feeling brave, consider embarking on a haunted tour of Downtown L.A.

13 real haunted places in L.A.

Pasadena’s “Suicide Bridge”

Pasadena’s “Suicide Bridge”

The haunting and hauntingly beautiful Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena was completed in 1913, claimed its first suicide in 1919 and has been racking up the bodies ever since.

“There are [over 100]—and counting—documented suicides of people jumping off the bridge. Pasadena doesn’t like the notoriety, so when the count would get too high they would knock off some numbers,” says Carradine. “The number of suicides is actually much higher, even with the fences that are up now.”

And Carradine has heard ghost stories aplenty. “People have seen a man leaping off a rail, but when they go to help, no one’s there. There’s also a woman seen crossing the bridge, cars swerving to miss her, but then she vanishes.”

Carradine’s even had his own spooky brush with the bridge. “It was nighttime, and I was walking with a friend in the tunnel underneath the bridge," he recalls. "There’s a series of six lights illuminating the path, and as we passed the first light, it went out. The second light went out as we passed. Each light went out as we passed by. By the time we got to the end, it was just total darkness behind us.”

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Hollywood Roosevelt

Legend has it that the ghost of Marilyn Monroe still haunts her old stomping grounds. “There was a famous mirror in the lobby where people would take pictures and claim they could see Marilyn’s reflection above them,” Carradine says of the full-length mirror that once hung in Monroe’s poolside suite, and then in the lobby where it has since been removed (kill-joys!).

On the ninth floor, you can hear the late actor Montgomery Clift—who lived in suite 928 for three months while filming From Here to Eternity—practicing on his trumpet. “Guests have asked the hotel staff to tell the person in the next room to stop playing in the middle of the night," Carradine says. "But the room was actually vacant.” What’s more? Lights and faucets are known to turn on and off on their own and the switchboard gets calls from vacant rooms.

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The Comedy Store

Before this popular Sunset Strip comedy club appeared on the scene in 1972, it was Ciro's restaurant, one of Hollywood's hippest clubs during the 1940s and '50s. Its owners had a close affiliation with the mob and the building still has peepholes in the upper walls of the main room that once allowed mobsters to see who was coming and going. Mickey “The King of the Sunset Strip” Cohen used the club as his base of operations.

“West Hollywood was a gangster-run place with gun fights in the streets,” says Carradine. “The basement of the club was where they would take care of problem people. There is still a hole in the stairway that fits a gun, to shoot anyone going up or downstairs.” Carradine says employees have claimed to hear voices, cries and even snarls coming from the basement. “After years of denying the ghost stories, the Comedy Store is now embracing its past and even started tours of the haunted basement,” he adds.

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West Hollywood

Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre

The beloved Silent Movie Theatre has a complicated history worthy of a blockbuster drama. The original owner, John Hampton, started the theater in 1942, showing his personal film collection at a time when most studios were destroying old silent prints. Hampton used toxic chemicals in his bathtub above the theater to preserve his films—unwittingly exposing himself to toxins that hastened his demise in 1990 from cancer. Hampton’s mentee Lawrence Austin took over the theater.

But one night in 1997, while visitors were watching a film, Austin was shot to death in the lobby by a hitman. The whole thing turned out to be a murder-for-hire conspiracy hatched by Austin's lover and theater projectionist James Van Sickle, who later claimed that Austin signed the theater over to him in a hand-written will. Police weren’t buying it. Van Sickle and the hitman are currently serving life in jail.

“We had a woman come to our last Spirits with Spirits event who was actually there that night when the shooting happened,” says Carradine. “She saw his body lying there and hasn’t been back since.”

Austin’s ghost is said to still haunt the lobby; and Hampton’s ghost can be heard roaming the second floor, where he once lived.

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Fairfax District

The Hollywood Sign

Back when it was the Hollywoodland sign, this icon to celluloid fantasy also served as a beacon to suicidal Angelenos—most notably Broadway stage actress Peg Entwistle. Trouble just seemed to follow Entwistle. Raised by her actor father, she lost both her mother and stepmother early in life and had a series of broken personal relationships. As an actress, Entwistle enjoyed critical reviews, and even shared the stage with Humphrey Bogart, but she was forever cast in the role of comedic ingénue and could only snag small film roles.

On September 18, 1932, a hiker found the blond, blue-eyed actress’ crumpled body in a ravine below the Hollywoodland sign. Police surmised that she climbed a workman’s ladder to the top of the 45-foot letter “H” and jumped to her death. Visitors to the area say they still see the actress haunting the sign, and sometimes pick up the scent of her gardenia perfume.

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Griffith Park

What, you don’t know about the sad tale of Doña Petrenilla? It’s a ghost story that’s been oft-told by writer Michael Imlay and the good folks at Creepy LA, but it bears seasonal repeating. In the late 1800s, wealthy land owner Don Antonio Feliz died suddenly from small pox. As legend has it, when his beloved 17-year-old niece Doña was cheated out of her uncle’s will, she put a nasty curse on the land and its owners.

Since then, untimely deaths and ill omens have befallen the land’s deed holders, including Griffith J. Griffith, its last owner, who donated 3,105 acres to the city before going to prison for shooting and maiming his wife.

True believers say they’ve seen young Doña in a white dress on horseback haunting the trails. "A couple of park rangers have told me that they've seen ghosts and things in the park,” says Griffith Park security officer Thomas Davey. “There are definitely stories. But I've been here for four-and-a-half years and haven't seen anything myself.”

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Griffith Park

Pantages Theatre

When charmed businessman Howard Hughes owned the infamous Pantages Theatre, he built a door that connected his office directly to one of the theater balconies, where he would go to think in the dark. Hughes’ ghost is a notorious workaholic, and is said to be seen in his former office on the second floor.

“During the restoration in 2000, people said they saw a man stepping off the balcony, walking along the scaffolding, and standing over a worker to inspect his work. When the guy turned to ask the man what he wanted, the figure vanished,” says Carradine. Seems like Hughes is still looking after his theater.

The Pantages is also host to a female presence who died during a show in 1932. “During a cast recording once, microphones were set up in the theater and they heard someone singing in the mic when no one was on stage.” Some say the woman who died was an aspiring singer who’s living out her unrealized dreams of performing at the Pantages.

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The Culver Studios

The studio complex where such legendary Tinseltown films as Gone with the Wind and Raging Bull were filmed was built in 1918 by silent movie pioneer Thomas Ince. Ince died in 1924, after falling ill on newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst’s yacht during a star-studded cruise and dinner, celebrating Ince’s 42nd birthday.

While the official cause of death was listed as heart failure, legend has it that Ince was actually shot and killed by a jealous Hearst, who was supposedly aiming at (and missed) Charlie Chaplin, who had eyes for Hearst’s mistress Marion Davies.

Some say Ince’s ghost still shows up for work at his beloved former studio, and can be seen and heard walking through walls and criticizing management.

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Culver City

The Del Monte Speakeasy

This basement bar below the Townhouse restaurant in Venice was a true speakeasy during Prohibition. Back in the day, the speakeasy kept the hooch flowing via underground tunnels, which are now used as utility corridors.

Some say former proprietor Frank Bennett, who owned the bar from 1972 until his passing in 2003, still haunts his favorite corner booth, across from the bar. “Venice was a real crazy place historically, in terms of alcohol and bars, especially during Prohibition,” Carradine says of the area. “This bar is a weird anomaly, it’s one of the oldest bars in L.A. with one of the newest ghosts,” he says about Bennett, who still watches over his beloved underground watering hole.

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This gorgeous Japanese restaurant at the top of Sycamore Avenue in Hollywood features sweeping views of the L.A. cityscape—the perfect vantage point for resting souls. Pull up a barstool next to the phantom of a former bartender who has been spotted around the bar.

The restaurant also serves as the perfect backdrop for events and weddings, if you don’t mind a little company in the bridal suite. “There have been sounds of a crying bride; and a woman in white has been seen up there,” Carradine says.

Legend has it that the ashes of former property owner, Thomas O. Glover, are buried in the inner garden courtyard and that he still watches over his property. Rumors abound about silhouettes of a man and woman seen strolling the family-owned property and the unexplainable sounds of crashing plates (and you thought that was just a clumsy waiter).

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Queen Mary

Sure, they milk the spook factor for all it’s worth every Halloween during Dark Harbor, but the Queen Mary in Long Beach is certifiably haunted according to the countless visitors who claim to hear voices and rattling chains during tours and overnight stays.

The Queen Mary certainly has a past that’s ripe for modern-day hauntings. She started life as a luxury liner, setting forth on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, in 1937, and hosting everyone from Bob Hope to Winston Churchill. But when WWII began, the Queen Mary was drafted into service as a ferry ship, carrying thousands of troops into battle areas. The fancy lady was stripped of her chic facade, painted a camo grey and dubbed the “Grey Ghost.” After years of service in war, and at her majesty’s whim, the Queen Mary was eventually sold to a tour operator and sent to retirement in Long Beach, where she’s been a floating hotel and event spot since 1967.

According to the late psychic and ghost hunter, Peter James, who led tours around the Queen Mary, almost all areas of the ship including the second class pool deck and engine room 13 are known to be haunted.

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Cobb Estate/Haunted Forest

Avid hikers will recognize this spot as the Sam Merrill trailhead, "a quiet refuge from people and wild life forever”—so reads the dedication on the cobblestone gate of the Cobb Estate. But to ghost hunters, it's the Haunted Forest.

The sparse forest didn't seem so haunted until the 1950s, when the Marx Brothers purchased the land and temporarily saved the dilapidated mansion from destruction—in the process turning it into a favorite haunt for squatters and ne'er-do-wells.

Today, you're more likely to find curious teens at night wandering around what's left of the house's foundation; though ghost sightings are non-specific, many report ghostly noises on the surviving staircase and the feeling that they're being watched in the dimly lit forest.

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Cecil Hotel

Though it's had the odd ghost sighting or two, the Cecil Hotel's history is haunted by real-life boogeymen.

The hotel saw murders in the '20s and '30s, suicides out of upper-floor windows in the '60s and the residence of serial killers Richard Ramirez (the Night Stalker) and Jack Unterweger. Most infamously, the naked body of tourist Elisa Lam was found in a rooftop water tank; surveillance video showed Lam acting oddly in the elevator.  

It was enough to inspire an entire season of American Horror Story, but apparently not enough to shut down the hotel; it's now called Stay on Main and slated to be converted into a mix of rental units and hotel rooms.

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Skid Row

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Diane R

how do i get a ghost tour or ghost hunt how do i find someone that does that 

Diane R

how do i get some kind of ghost tour of these haunt ed places

Joel C

i wonder if this is the same place i when to 2years ago

Azucena J

I would love to go tomorrow 29 Feb 2016! If anyone one hopefully more than one wants to go please email asap at zucy44@hotmail.com. i am a female, 29 and on a mission to explore this place as my last stop on my roadtrip back home to Nevada. Please please please email me asap if you're serious!

Caden W

I just went to this hospital literally last night with my 3 friends we snuck into the asylum by a door that was half ripped off after we got inside it was completely dirty, shit was everywhere on the ground and there were dark hallways that were scary af and we went in every room and this one room that scared me the most... We are walking down this hallway and we open the door and it's an empty room with nothing but a satanist book opened up to a page and it's just sitting in the middle of the room... We left after we read it it was terrifying so we left that room saw another door with a bullet shot through the glass part of it and we kept hearing things so we finally started to leave and we couldn't find our way out like we were convinced they switched it around and we couldn't find a way out so after 20 mins we finally did and we walk out and see a cop car he tells us to put our hands up and he lets us off with a warning but he told us that 1 week ago a girl got raped in the building we were in and 2 weeks ago a guy got mugged and lost his wallet and keys but there were 4 of us so I think that's one of the main reasons why nothing happened to us like one of my friends is 6'4 so there was no way but I'm telling you if you have seen the movie grave encounters you will be so scared you have no idea it's a thrill it's terrifying try it but with a group

Azucena J

I would love to go tomorrow 29 Feb 2016! If anyone one hopefully more than one wants to go please email asap at zucy44@hotmail.com. i am a female, 29 and on a mission to explore this place as my last stop on my roadtrip back home to Nevada. Please please please email me asap if you're serious!

tony h

So I live in montebello been here for little over 2 years Its a trip because in my apartment when its time to go to sleep and all lights ae off I hear the chairs squeek or a sound like if they are being draged my girl friends sister came to stay the night with us and she slept on living room and she told me she herd noices lol it wasnt new to me another ocation my girl friends mom came over to watch my son and her to told me when she was sleeping in living room that it sounded like if someone was draging himself in the floor she whent to chek it out and it was nothing so that she tried going back to sleep and she herd it again she got freaked out once me and my son were having brekfast and he told me daddy theres a baby skelleton I was lile ok wth lol I told him were at he said hes in back of you and I was sitting with my back to wall my son was 4 at the time

Alize R

Under the 710 fwy bridge on the LA river bike path . I saw a guy staring at me from about 200 ft it was dark like at 8 pm. Then when I was coming closer like around 100 ft it was weird because he was looking at me but he wasn't sitting on the rocks. He was standing on the rocks because his back was straight at first I thought it was a crazy bum so I got scared. When I got closer around 20 ft away I could see and obvious shadow under the bridge on the rocks again that shadow had it back straight and it wasn't sitting on the rocks because you can't sit on those jagged rocks with your back straight. But the shadow was as high as me and if it where standing on the rocks it would have been taller than me it seem as though he was standing through the rocks. When I got besides him or it there was nothing there! I looked back and the shadow gone it was an obvious shadow figure of a person . It was crazy you should check it out its under the 710 bridge on the LA river bike path and there is some rocks next to the path on your right heading southbound it's very dark when your under the bridge and this happened like around 8 15 pm 2 days ago I'm never going back there again at least at that time!.

Stacey N

I am very sensitive to the presence of spirits...and let me tell you THEY ARE NOT NICE SENSATIONS!...a lot of people ask me if when I go my mothers grave "if I feel her presence or the presence of anyone else and if it is a bad presence"?...I say "yes I can feel my mums spirit and others in that graveyard, however the graveyard is one of the most peaceful places I have ever been to"! But the one place I wouldn't advise going to is lanhydrock! I don't quite know what happened there but it was bad! I was walking through following my mum and dad and my auntie and her baby...we were walking through the bedrooms of the former owners on the tour of the house and we got to the children's nursery all of a sudden I felt sick to my stomach...I was sweating but had chills going up my spine at the same time! it's was a really unpleasant feeling...then I felt a soft pressure like someone was squeezing my rists! and I felt like I was being dragged...my mum just said it looked like I was drunk because I was staggering!....it felt like that spirit was pulling me away like it didn't want me there....it was the freakiest experience ever!  I ask my mum about it later on and she said "The children that lived there all grew up  except one of them was killed at five by a broken shelf supporting books that fell on him". I asked later if my nan had heard of this and she said "yes lanhydrock is haunted". I asked how she knew and she said "my mothers auntie knew the people that lived there and yes the little boy was killed" I asked if she thought it was him that gave me my experience and she said  "what happened" I explained it to her she responded "what was he pulling you towards"?  I said " the nursery" she just looked at me funny and told me to not worry about it...I don't know what she was thinking about but it obviously wasn't a good thought! 

Jasmin E

I went there very easy to go and there's a lot of park rangers tho


I can feel ghosts, their troubles, anger, etc. I have learned to build a wall around myself, nowadays, LOL.    I was overwhelmed both times I was aboard the Queen Mary. Couldn't get off QUICK ENOUGH. The place where the wheel to steer the ship, the area just outside that and the girl at the pool area, are ALL VERY MUCH there. The feeling at the wheel is anger, disgust, she is inundated with 'landers'.  The area, hall, to the R when you face the wheel, is sadness, a life felt so worthless. The girl & others at the pool...I cannot recall, had so much hitting me while on board.  There is a lunch area on the water side, that was the most 'peaceful' but NOT without That feeling, something, someone was or had been there.

Tash R

@C S How do you feel ghosts? Please email me I am very interested. nsquarred@aim.com 

Stacey N

@C S I have to say if I was trapped on a ship with a unpleasant presence I would FREAK! I would have jumped over board and swam away from it...Do you get the same experience as me? Whenever I feel spirits I feel sick, I start to sweat but have chills too!.? I have also felt a slight pressure around my rists before and also felt like I was being dragged away or towards something? You might have seen what I said about my experience at lanhydrock...well that was true! it was horrifying. It's actually quite comforting to know someone else has had a similar experience to me. No on understood what and how I felt when I explained it to them....but my mum wants to go again and I was like "hell no"! But seriously I hate it when I feel them unless it is my mums or peaceful spirits of course.

Timothy K

Who Ever Is Down To Go Hmu Add Me Or Whatever (:

Bryan W

Yo tim I'm down to go


The Downey "Los amigos mental hospital" is not easy to get into. You have to drive down a road where cops can spot you coming in. If your lucky you will get a cop on a good day who knows your a thrillseeker and let you leave without a ticket. If your not lucky you'll get a rookie cop who will hate you search your car threaten you then give you a tresspassing ticket. So be carefully I live around the area and have gone in maybe 2x out of the 6 try's over the last 5 years. It is def haunted and scary.

Timothy K

@ Brialynn K Im Going To Go Sneak In This Saturday Im Taking My Camera & Everything Else I Need To Get Some Good Pix And Stuff (: Are U Down To Go??

Veronica S

@MH S do you know the address? i really want to try to get in 

Katisen Marks

I had once been haunted buy this wicked old witch. ever since i was a littl egirl she just won't stop messing with me. Every night when i try to go to sleep she always spooking me around, i always end sleeping with my parents. i never forget that day. She still creeps me out when i talk about her.

Mark Beaver

Lots of friends that have worked at the Hollywood Athletic Club have many stories about weird things going on in that place.


wooooow soo many haunted places... Now i konw what to avoid.

Nichole Deweesm

Ive been to the rancho los amigos Hospital aka hollydale mental hospital,several times.Its located on Gardendale ave.and garfield st.in the city of Downey,ca Ive been inside every bldg.including a few bungelows on the outside. Ive never personally experianced any spirits,just feels really eerie.Some parts are burned out.And other parts,the roof is missing.All of it is rubbish now.I saw the old nurses stations and refridgerators where they kept the medicine.More interesting,I found the medical records dept.where theres was paperwork and patient files,I did my own investigation while reviewing the files and figured out that whoever the represenitive was handling the signing of the documents was actually stealing money from the patients annuities as well as any open accounts they had.Im guessing with all the drugs these patients were on,it must have been easy for her to have them sign away their assets.I also found out that the reason it was shut down,was because the nurses were abuseing the patients and the patients were commiting suicide and killing eachother.The rest were transferred out.I have no doubt that the place has some torchered souls.I heard bangs and sounds while there,that was enough to send me out running scared.I never did find the basement,where some say the demonic spirits exsist.In the daytime,its pretty easy to sneak in.Just dont get caught.The police acadamy was stationed there some years ago,but they left,because they were experiancing things.I tried to sneak my cousin in one night a during that time and we got chased out by a patrol car,he clearly looked freaked out and pale like he saw something.If you want a good thrill,this is definatly the place.And let me know if u find the basement.Goodluck ghosthunting.


My brother and nephew went in side rancho los amigos i was going but chicken out me and my sister in law waited in the car while they were looking inside but ended up seeing. Nothing but old files every were they said and dark of course pluse they said it had a bad smell to it they almost got caught by a police officer they said supposedly they were jogging and the cop said with boots and dark clothing so finally they let them go that was it.

Derek H

@Nichole Deweesm Been there quite a few times myself (mostly when I'm angry at someone or just want a quiet place to think) -- Never seen anything scary, although sometimes i fall asleep by the porch of where the owners used to live. (I get tired for some reason.)


Wtf you weirdo that place is haunted. N that porch your chillen on looks like it's straight out of a Michael Myers movie. And going inside of the hospital scared the shit out of me probably because I was using my iPhone for a light. Every corner you turn in there myight would reflect on dozens and I mean DOZENS of cat eyes in there. Not only were there a lot of cats but they were ALL black cats. We also found disturbing medical documents in there.