An iconic Scientology building in Hollywood is in pre-foreclosure, and what that portends - 2014-11-27
Thanks to Angry Gay Pope for this latest tip involving a building that goes by several different names.
The building's location, 6724 Hollywood Boulevard at McCadden Place, is a block east of the 'Hollywood & Highland' complex and it's long been a Scientology facility, most recognizable for the vertical "Scientology" signs along its corners. Originally, the 1922 eight-story structure was known as the Christie Hotel. In 1945 it changed hands and was named the Drake Hotel and then later became the Hollywood Inn. Scientologists call it "the test center," or "Hollywood Test Center," and one of its most notable functions was to host the annual Winter Wonderland display in its parking lot each Fall to (sort of) celebrate Christmas.
(It has always been curious that Scientology puts on a quasi-Christmas celebration when founder L. Ron Hubbard very clearly told his most devoted followers - and it's on tape - that "there was no Christ," and he explained that the world's religions were the result of mental image pictures implanted in the minds of thetans - our immortal souls - by an invading alien force some 75 million years ago. In 1999 or 2000, at a lunch at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre, we quizzed Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw about this to the point that she finally burst out, "So we think Jesus is a figment of the imagination! So what!" It was a memorable meal. See our update, below.)