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'Paranormal Activity' movie producer turns DTLA theater into haunted house

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, October 05, 2012, at 10:29AM
Courtesy Blumhouse of Horrors

The haunted house began last night and is set up inside one of DTLA's old theaters.

The producer of ghostly horror flicks including "Paranormal Activity" and "Insidious" has created an expansive haunted house inside downtown L.A.'s Variety Arts Theater, that opened Thursday and runs until November 3.

Producer Jason Blum is bringing the terror from the screen into real life with his Blumhouse of Horrors -- set up in what is described on the website as "one of Los Angeles' most haunted locations."

Legend has it that in the 1930s, the old theater hosted Magi -- "one of the world's most twisted dark art magicians." In a trick-gone-wrong, he put his assistant (who was also the the theater owner's wife), into a vanishing box and she ended up disappearing forever.

"Dark magic was something that both felt like it had an element of realism to it and fit with the history of the building, but, at the same time, allowed us to go in a direction that could be really scary and freak people out," Josh Simon, production manager for the house, told the L.A. Weekly.

Blum is spending several hundred thousand dollars on the multi-story haunted house, which includes 50 cast members and a 25-person crew, many who have worked in Blum's films before, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Admission to Blumhouse costs $35 at the door, $29 if you purchase tickets online and $55 for VIP Front of Line tickets.

The Halloween attraction is open Thursday through Saturday for the next four weeks, and beginning October 29 it will be scaring the public every day until it closes on November 3. It's located at 940 S. Figueroa.

Much like a movie, Blum's haunted house comes with a trailer:

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