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Is Your Haunt Haunted?

By David Markland
Published: Friday, October 15, 2010, at 11:33AM
Casablanca in Los Angeles [Flickr]

A playful spirit is said to play in the elevators of the Figueroa Hotel.

Ask Downtown is an occasional series in which we put a reader's Downtown question to you, the real Downtown experts. Help a reader out and share your knowledge.

While Downtown's haunted houses were either razed or moved to places like Heritage Square or Angelino Heights long ago, ghost sightings and reported paranormal activity continue to this day.

The Black Dahlia has been seen walking through the lobby of the Biltmore Hotel, the spirit of a madame reportedly haunts the second floor of Philippe's The Original which was once a brothel, and at the Alexandria Hotel, residents have reported strange sounds and an unusual energy emanating from the "Valentino Suite" on the 12th floor.

The Million Dollar Theatre is even allegedly so haunted that on Halloween day it will host "The World's Biggest Ghost Hunt." For a $5 donation, paranormal investigators will be able to explore the nooks and crannies of the 93 year old building.

Not that everyone needs, or even wants, to hunt for ghosts. Sometimes they're already where you live and work.

Tell us, Downtown Angelenos, are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or your family ever seen a spook, spectre or ghost? (does this sound familiar?)

We'd love to hear about Downtown's haunted bars, lofts, or streets. Especially if you've seen or experienced something yourself.

Let us know in the comments. We're ready to believe you.

Have your own Downtown question? Send it our way via Twitter (@blogdowntown). We'll either answer it ourselves or, if we think it's particularly relevant, make it the subject of an Ask Downtown.

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