LA’s Linda Vista Community Hospital has served as as set for many horror films and TV shows. In the thirty years since the hospital closed shop, the complex, said by some to be the most haunted place in Los Angeles, has served as a set for Se7en, Rob Zombie’s upcoming Lords of Salem, and True Blood.
However it’s days as a creepy, bloody set appear to now be over because it is destined to reopen, as a senior living home.
According to The Los Angeles Times, the Linda Vista “is set to be converted into apartments for low-income seniors in a $40-million makeover. Linda Vista Community Hospital is an imposing relic from the days when railroads took care of their sick and injured employees in company facilities. Originally known as Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital, it was built for employees of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway in Boyle Heights, a blue-collar neighborhood east of the city’s rail yards and home to many railroad workers.”
“The original hospital opened in 1905. It was razed and rebuilt on the same site in the mid-1920s, and additions were made through 1939.
“Although the hospital closed in 1991, the six-story complex survives with its dignity mostly intact — with peeling paint and roosting pigeons adding to tales of sudden chilly drafts and paranormal activity inside.
That’s because Linda Vista is one of L.A.’s most popular filming locations. It was daunting enough to stand in for a squalid mental asylum in a Duran Duran music video, and it has been the subject of televised paranormal investigations. Even, True Blood shot some of Season 5 there this year.
“Makers of the HBO series about vampires also filmed live wolves running through Linda Vista’s lobby, Kortekaas said. Filming takes place in Linda Vista as much as 130 days a year, he said, which helps pay for maintenance.”