Spooky Cin­e­mas

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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.

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