September is finally here, which means spooky season is right around the corner. While every city has its fair share of stories and legends, Los Angeles seems particularly saturated with ghost sightings and haunted locales. When it comes to LA’s popular landmarks, ghosts are apparently a dime a dozen – haunting everywhere from Dodger Stadium to the Hollywood Sign to Los Angeles City Hall. The following are three locations to stop by the next time you do a ghost tour in the City of Angels.
The Comedy Store
The Comedy Store is an excellent location to visit if you like live entertainment and want a guaranteed laugh. Located on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, The Store was once a local mob hangout known as Ciros. Supposedly, the ghosts of hitmen from the 1940s and ’50s haunt the place, along with those of women who underwent illegal abortions in the basement.
Another Hollywood staple, the Pantages Theater is said to be home to multiple ghosts. These phantoms include a wannabe famous singer, Alexander Pantages, Howard Hughes, and a mysterious unknown figure. Pantages and Hughes both owned the theater at some point, which may explain why their presence has been observed by staff members ever since each of the men bit the dust.
Many of you may have heard of the Cecil Hotel from Netflix’s recent docuseries, Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel. This building, which is located in the heart of Los Angeles, is well known for its less than reputable tenants, and the history of death that surrounds it. Multiple serial killers, including Richard “Nightstalker” Ramirez, have rented out rooms here, and the body of Canadian college student, Elisa Lam, was discovered in the hotel’s rooftop water tank in 2013. Despite a modern, trendy makeover, several guests have complained about some less than positive energies emanating throughout the halls.