The specter of a tall thin man—said to be ghost of movie magnate Howard
Hughes—is thought to roam the hallways of the Pantages, one of Hollywood’s crownjewel theaters of its golden age. Hughes purchased the movie palace in 1949, and it hosted the Academy Awards from 1950 to 1960.
The Vogue, built on the former site of an elementary school (that burned to the ground in 1901, killing 25 children and a teacher), is where thousands of visitors have reported seeing strange apparitions during movie screenings, including a little girl skipping across the stage.
And at the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s, then Mann’s), audiences have often watched the screen’s curtains violently shaking by themselves before a show—or have felt icecold blasts or shoulder taps, believed to denote the presence of a former employee who hanged himself backstage.