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Hollywood Tower Apartments

The real life tower of terror is this Los Angeles apartment tower. 

The Hollywood Tower Apartments has been a Hollywood icon since they opened in 1929.

Architects Cramer and Wise created this French Normandy apartment building high on a hill overlooking Hollywood from Franklin Avenue. It was originally called La Bell Tour. The building is synonymous with the “Golden Age” of Hollywood having served as the residence of numerous industry luminaries of the time. Humphrey Bogart moved into the tower when he first arrived in Hollywood. Many actors and crew members from the Warner Brothers lot stayed or lived in there since the lot was located just over the Cahuanga Pass. Carmen Miranda got married in the building’s lobby.

It was featured in Brian De Palma’s 1984 thriller, Body Double. The Tower is often cited as the inspiration for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, which opened in 1994 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, part of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The Disney corporation has since opened the replicated the attraction at Disney’s California Adventure, Tokyo DisneySea, and Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris.