Allegedly Haunted: The Hollywood Reporter Building at 6715 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.
Like other 1930s buildings, the Hollywood Reporter Building is fighting to stay alive. It also is rumored to be haunted. Below is an excerpt from an obscure Los Angeles Times article:
Hollywood Boo -levard : Ghost stories abound about haunted locales where the rich and famous lived, worked–and died. There’s hardly room for Casper in this town.
By David Kronke
October 29, 1995
…We’ll all agree that that’s creepy enough, but what about being told that your own father is a ghost? That was the special fate that befell Willie Wilkerson III, whose father, Willie Wilkerson Jr., created and owned the Hollywood Reporter, discovered Lana Turner and conceived the Las Vegas Flamingo hotel (“Bugsy” notwithstanding). He died in 1962; a decade later, an employee of the Reporter reported to Wilkerson that his father was still residing in the trade paper’s offices on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
“I thought it was a joke,” the younger Wilkerson says. “But here was a guy who was a shop foreman. He was very right-wing, very conservative, and when he told it to me, he told it in a very gruff voice. For this story to come from this very conservative man added more credibility to what he told me. He had no interest before that in anything paranormal.”
The Reporter moved in 1993, and the L.A. Weekly made plans to move in. Wilkerson says that his father was angry “that his residence was being remodeled. During remodeling . . . apparitions occurred that caused builders to flee and not work anymore.”
They saw things disappearing into the wall, and a radio kept dialing back to a classical music station whenever a worker would try to tune in any other kind of music, Wilkerson says.
“I met with one of the construction contractors,” he says. “He had guys who ran off the construction site and said, ‘I’m not going to work here anymore.’
“His office is still intact, the original wood and the fireplace is still there. It’s now a conference room. I feel that as long as certain things are familiar to him, he’ll still be there.”
Mike Sigmund, publisher of the Weekly, recalls an incident in Wilkerson’s former office. “The strangest moment was about a year ago. We were having a board of directors meeting. It was this very intense moment, someone had just made a proposal, and then everyone was silent. At that moment, this wonderful clock above the fireplace, which was solidly secured to the wall, came crashing to the floor. We took pause at that.
“I’m from New York, and never believed in ghosts, but now. . . .”
Judith Lewis, the Weekly’s arts editor, remains skeptical. “I don’t think there are any spooky things that prevented the move from happening, there were just logistical problems,” she says, but apologizes for raining on our parade. “I will say, though, that there are a lot of strange temperature changes. It gets hot and cold really fast. But I don’t think it’s Willie Wilkerson’s doing, it’s just a drafty old building.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter’s website:
“By 1936, The Reporter had moved to posh new offices at 6715 Sunset Blvd. Initially, the building housed a men’s haberdashery and barber shop on the ground floor, but they never took off as businesses. The barber chairs were soon moved out, and the newspaper’s operations got more breathing room in a space designed for a decidedly different type of work.”
LA Weekly Abandons “The Hollywood Reporter” Building On Sunset
LA Weekly goes Westside (From LA Observed)
By Kevin Rod Evarok
May 2, 2008
Talk about culture shock. The LA Weekly is leaving its longtime physical and spiritual home on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood for a sad stretch of Sepulveda Boulevard in Culver City, hard against the Venice Boulevard on-ramp to the northbound 405 Freeway. Nobody else wanted the building, apparently, but the Weekly grabbed it for ten years. Move-in is scheduled for next May, says the L.A. Business Journal.
Beth Sestanovich, publisher of LA Weekly, said that the new offices, which will feature prominent LA Weekly signage, are a significant upgrade from the newspaper’s current digs at 6715 Sunset Blvd.
“It is dated and old and it is a very difficult layout and as a result there is a lot of unusable space,” said Sestanovich. The newspaper has been at the Hollywood offices for about 15 years…
Though it’s slated for destruction, the city will consider an application to name the Hollywood Reporter building an historic monument.
LOS ANGELES, CA — A Los Angeles City Council committee delayed a vote Tuesday on an application to name The Hollywood Reporter building on Sunset Boulevard a historic-cultural monument.
The Planning and Land Use Management Committee was set to consider the application, but delayed it again for the second straight week without explanation.
The building is slated for destruction, but if the application is approved by the committee and then the full City Council, its demolition could be delayed at least for a year while preservation options are considered.
In June, the Cultural Heritage Commission agreed to accept the application and consider the site a local monument. The property cannot be destroyed as long as the city has the application under review.
The building at 6713 Sunset Blvd. was home to The Hollywood Reporter entertainment trade news publication from 1931 into the 1990s. It is slated for demolition as part of a plan by the Harridge Development Group to build a hotel and two residential towers at the site…