What religion needs a "Celebrity Centre?" Do they worship Proboscis, god of
5930 Franklin Ave.
Formerly: Château Élysée
Purchase price: $1.5 million,
Architect: Arthur E. Harvey Builder:
Luther T. Mayo, inc.
This 1929 replica of a 17th century French château
is now known as the
Celebrity Centre International.
It was built by Eleanor Ince, widow of
Thomas Ince, the original movie mogul. He pretty much invented the silent movie
western genre. The Château attracted the rich and famous like Clark Gable,
Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Edgar Rice Burroughs,
Carol Lombard, Ed Sullivan, George Burns, Lillian Gish, Carey Grant, George
Gershwin and Ginger Rogers.
Some believe that in 1924 William Randolph
Hearst shot and killed Thomas Ince on his yacht the "U.S.S. Oneida."
There was no autopsy. Hearst then paid Ince's widow hush money to cover it
up, according to the rumor. It was this hush money that was allegedly
used to build the hotel . That's a pretty big "hush!" Hedda
Hopper, then unknown, was also on the boat. It is suspected that Hearst gave
her a job as a gossip columnist for his papers to shut her up. All of
this was dramatized in the excellent 2001 movie "The
" with Carey Elways playing Thomas Ince. In the movie Hearst
is portrayed as a trigger happy nutcase shooting seagulls with a pistol, which
is practically impossible.
As Hollywood fell into disrepair starting
in the 1960's this great hotel did too. Then, in 1992, the Church of
Scientology devoted over one million hours to restoring the Château to its
1929 state. The lobby is Rococo. Other features include the Renaissance
restaurant (open to the public), a garden, waterfall and gazebo, bookstore
and, of course, the hotel itself. The building is open to the public
and tours can be arranged. Just don't buy anything in the gift shot with
a credit card. They will find out who you are and probably charge
a bunch of things you didn't buy on your poor plastic.
have told me that when the Church finds out one of their parishioners is Gay
they are shunted over to the Celeb Centre to take their courses. It is sort
of a Hollywood dumping ground for the Homosexuals of Scientology. So
called "acting workshops" are often held here to try and sucker in attractive
young people. Promises are made of "free seminars on how to get an agent."
What attendees discover is an hour long bore-fest featuring five minutes of
career advice followed by fifty-five more minutes of "hooray for Scientology."
Katie Holmes is said to have come almost every day in 2006 to study
Scientology, and we all know how that turned out. Tom Cruise's mother and sister
have lived (not just stayed) at the hotel in the past. I don't have many
protest videos of this site because it is practically a walled off castle and
you can't get close to it without trespassing.
According to protester
every room in the hotel is bugged. John Travolta lives in Florida but
stayed at the Celeb Centre while in LA working on movies. He was dumb
enough to take men up to his hotel room and have sex with them. The cult
now has audio of these events. It was because of him that the "John Travolta"
suite was installed. It features, guess what, a large mirror on the wall.
Behind that mirror is a camera which video recorded Travolta having sex with
men. Should he ever try to leave this material will be leaked to the
internet to discredit him. Smurf says he was told of these recordings
by David Miscavige himself.
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