Pantages Theater is located in the heart of historitcal Hollywood.
The Pantages Theatre of Hollywood was the last theatre that vaudeville/film producer Greek American Alexander Pantages built to be part of his large and powerful eighty theatre western United State circuit and in Canada. It cost $1.25 million to build; (excluding theatrical and projection equipment, which was the most up-to-date available).
It opened on Jun 4th, 1930, with 2,812 seats. It was used as a stage and film theater, presenting short popular musical skits, in between showing films. Because of the market crash in 1929, the plans to have ten floors of office space built above the theater space were discontinued, but the plans to do so were kept in a safe place, so hopefully in the future they could be built.
Unfortunately, Alexander was accused of raping a young seventeen year old dancer, Eunice Alice Pringle. William Randolph Hearst’s Los Angeles Examiner portrayed Alexander as a cold foreigner, and Eunice as his innocent victim, convicting Alexander in the court of public opinion. Not surprisingly, at first, Alexander was convicted, but he appealed, won another trial and was found not guilty in 1931.
On re-examination, her story didn’t really make sense. It is suspected that Eunice was paid by Joseph Kennedy, who controlled RKO, to make a false claim against Alexander, because Alexander had turned down Joseph Kennedy’s first offer to buy Alexander’s theaters. Plus, Alexander Pantages was a gentleman, and never would even think of raping someone, contrary to yellow journalism claims made against him by Heart’s newspaper.
Since 1932, the sound of a female singer has been heard in the theatre auditorium, when the theatre was empty, dark and quiet, any time of the day or night.
In 1994, she gave her first public performance to the living. She showed her confidence in her talent by singing along with the cast of a musical; probably Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Her voice was inadvertently being picked up by a microphone and heard publicly in front of a live audience.
Today, she still sings if the microphone is left on, before or after a performance.
Howard Hughes stays on the second floor, enjoying his old office space, not seeming to mind that it is now a remodeled conference room.
In 1992, the Nederlander Corp. had their offices on the second floor. An executive assistant who worked for this company, had some interesting personal experiences.
In his former office space, now a conference room, this executive assistant felt an unseen presence, sometimes manifesting as cold spots, and a cool passing wind, when the air was still with no wind source available.
Twice she saw a very tall male apparition walk down the hall into his old office. She could hear sounds of Howard going about his business at the desk that he still saw. She heard desk drawers being bumped, open and closed. The brass handles being clicked and rattled.