Angel of Light: A Walk Through Horror Experience at the Historic Los Angeles Theatre

While Knott’s Scary Farm may be the oldest Halloween haunt experience in Southern California, it’s far from the only one. From home haunts to the movie set horrors of Universal Studios, Southern California is full of a wide range of spooky experiences at a variety of venues. Recently we had friends rave about Angel of Light, housed inside the old Los Angeles Theatre, and decided to venture in ourselves last weekend.

Marquee of the Los Angeles Theatre. Atop it reads "Los Angeles" in neon. The marquee reads "Angel of Light Sept 15 to Oct 31"

The LA Theatre District is full of both grand and decaying old movie palaces from the early decades of the 20th century. Some have been turned into non-movie related business, such as jewelry stores, one is even an Apple Store, but a handful remain as performing arts venues, such as the final movie palace built in downtown, the Los Angeles Theatre. Opening January, 1931, the Los Angeles Theatre was designed by S. Charles Lee, who was heavily influenced by French-Baroque style.

Front of the Los Angeles Theatre. A long blade style sign reads "Los Angeles" in neon letters. Atop the marquee reads "Los Angeles" in neon. On the marquee itself it reads "A Walk Through Horror Experience"

Chandelier in the lobby, which is lit in warm tones, the ceiling above is it in cold blues.

Black and white photo of the lobby. Atop the staircase is a man dressed in a suit. Cloaked figures stand in the middle of the room.

Stepping inside to the Angel of Light experience, we were instantly taken back to the 1930s, but as if in the Twilight Zone. Alluring, yet off-putting cigarette girls giggled creepily while calling out “Cigars! Cigarettes!” and a handsome, but sinister looking photographer flashed his camera, while whispering “Don’t wake the angel!” to guests. We were welcomed, and told we were to experience a concert for the ages, and then we found ourselves in a twisting hallway throughout the theatre, filled with disturbed clergy members and maniacal starlets, before then being ushered into a grand ballroom for cocktails. Elegant members of old Hollywood drifted through, but soon burlap shrouded creatures arrived, causing guests to shriek with terror, before we were then guided to the auditorium.

Pair of lobby chandeliers.

Black and white image. A man in an old fashioned usher uniform holds his hands out greeting guests.

A woman in an evening dress dances in the doorway of the ballroom.

A deco style painting of a woman in a full length gown.

A woman in a two piece outfit made of pearls stands in front of a long mirror.

A creepy monster wearing a burlap mask looks into the camera while being lit with a green light.

A starlet sits at a vanity, looking at the camera by way of the mirror and wears a creepy smile.

Cloaked figure stand at a table.

What begins as a sophisticated concert gives way to devilish madness as the performers become pocessed and horrifying sights take over. But miraculously we all survived and ventured out of the theatre, but not before being starred down by the various inhabitants of the theatre.

A more elegant scare experience than others, Angel of Light is surreal at times, but still partially relies on the tried and true jump scares that are synonymous with haunted house walk through experiences.

A pair of female dancers in gowns move across a stage.

A singer in a sequin gown stands at a microphone.

Dancers in fringe outfits move across the stage.

A large eye gazes upon the audience.

Dancers in fringe outfits move across the stage.

A crowd stares at the guests as they move through the lobby.

A crowd stares at the guests as they move through the lobby.

The ballroom was used briefly in American Horror Story: Hotel, notably in the first and second episodes. Sadly I didn’t get too many good snaps of it, since it was relatively crowded and extremely dark. You can catch it in action in this clip. Hopefully in the future I’ll be able to do this stunning movie palace justice!

Angel of Light runs on select nights through Halloween, located inside the Los Angeles Theatre at 615 S. Broadway in Los Angeles. For details and tickets, visit their website. Not brave enough to wake the Angel? You can tour other Broadway theatres (sometimes including the Los Angeles Theatre) via the Broadway Historic Theatre and Commercial District Walking Tour offered by the LA Conservancy.

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