Blumhouse of Horrors adds family-friendly lights-on tours

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The Blumhouse of Horrors has been haunting downtown Los Angeles all month; now, for those too timid to brave its terrors, there will be Saturday afternoon matinees on October 20 and 27, from 2pm to 5pm. These "lights on" presentations offer a less intense version of the half-hour haunted tour through the old Variety Arts Theatre, which (according to the Halloween attraction's back story) is haunted by the ghost of a magician who mysteriously disappeared from the stage decades ago, along with the theatre owner's wife. According to the press release, visitors will be able to experience the complete sets and story line, but without all the nerve-jangling jump-scares.

Tickets for the family friendly version of Blumhouse of Horrors are $20 for adults and $10 for children.

The Blumhouse of Horrors is located at 940 South Figueroa Street in Los Angeles.

You can get a glimpse at what goes on inside the Blumhouse of Horrors by watching Hollywood Gothique's video here.

Get more details from the press release below:

From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 27, The Blumhouse of Horrors will offer these less-intense tours that allow the experience’s elaborate sets and immersive storyline to be enjoyed without jangling the nerves quite so much.

Created by Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions – the producer of such films as the Paranormal Activity franchise, Insidious and Sinister – The Blumhouse of Horrors occupies four fright-filled floors of the Variety Arts Theater at 940 S. Figueroa St. in downtown Los Angeles.

Tickets for this these special lights-on tours are available at www.BlumhouseOfHorrors.com, with special reduced rates of $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. The Blumhouse of Horrors traverses narrow corridors and stairs, so strollers cannot be accommodated inside the attraction.

In an approximately 30-minute-long walking tour, introduced by one of the theater’s ghostly ushers, visitors tour the twisting corridors of an eerily haunted theater whose stage was home to one of the world’s most deranged dark-arts magicians during the heyday of 1930s vaudeville. That is, until one tragic performance when his assistant climbed into a magical box and vanished forever. The theater was shut down instantly and permanently closed to the public … until now.

For braver souls who want to experience the “full-fright” version of The Blumhouse of Horrors, the attraction is open from 6 p.m. to midnight Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 27, and every night between Oct. 29 and Nov. 3. The first tours begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. each evening of operation. The nighttime version is recommended only for visitors aged 12 and up.

More than 40 actors bring The Blumhouse of Horrors to life each night as it takes over the 88-year-old Variety Arts Theater, which was once known as “The Playhouse” and hosted performances by industry greats like Laurel & Hardy and Clark Gable, as well as speeches by historical figures like Eleanor Roosevelt and Dorothy Parker. The Blumhouse of Horrors provides rare access for visitors to explore one of Los Angeles’ most historic and well-preserved cultural sites.

For more information, visit www.BlumhouseOfHorrors.com.