BUILT: 1904 (rebuilt in 1924)
OPERATION TIME: 1924 to 1991
STATUS: Turning into apartments
The Linda Vista Community Hospital opened in 1904, and it featured its own miniature “farm” of cows, chickens, and a garden in order to provide the patients with fresh butter, milk, eggs, poultry, fruits, and vegetables. The original building was designed by Charles Whittlesy and opened under the name Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital. It was razed and rebuilt in 1924, and, in 1937, was renamed the Linda Vista Community Hospital.
The Santa Fe Railroad sold the 150-bed hospital to a managed healthcare company in 1980. By the late 1970s, the railroad hospital association facilities were experiencing declining use, as more railroad workers began to use conventional medical-insurance policies. The area surrounding the hospital also became a less-affluent area and hospital funding was affected.
According to a California Health Law News report, when Linda Vista tried to reduce operational expenses in response, the hospital was blamed for an increase in facility death rates. During that time, the hospital was regularly treating a fair number of gunshot wounds and stabbings from the local neighborhoods, which affected its mortality statistics.
An increase in uninsured and under-insured patients forced the hospital to close its emergency services department in 1989. The quality of care at Linda Vista Community Hospital continued to decline as doctors moved to other hospitals. In 1991, the hospital ceased operations.
The hospital has become the site of a number of paranormal investigations in the decades since it closed. Linda Vista is primarily used as a filming location due to its creepy, abandoned feel. In January of 2006, it was put into the National Register of Historic Places.
AMCAL Multi-Housing Inc. purchased the Linda Vista Hospital in 2011. The main hospital and former nurses dormitory will be turned into the Linda Vista Senior Apartments, which will have a total of 97 apartments for seniors with fixed-income. The first phase was scheduled to begin in Spring, 2013, involving the dormitory building turning into a four studio and eighteen one-bedroom apartments.
In Popular Culture
- Twenty movies have been filmed at the hospital:
- To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
- In the Line of Fire (1992)
- Outbreak (1995)
- Suicide Kings (1997)
- End of Days (1999)
- Pearl Harbor (2001)
- BOO (2004)
- Day of the Dead 2: Contagium (2005)
- Room 6 (2006)
- The Gene Generation (2007)
- Shadow Puppets (2007)
- From Prada to Nada (2011)
- Small Apartments (2011)
- Rift (2012)
- Killjoy Goes to Hell (2012)
- Reel Evil (2012)
- Insidious Chapter 2 (2013)
- Black Veil Brides: Legion Of The Black (year unknown)
- Children Of The Corn 666 Issac’s Return (year unknown)
- Seance: The Summoning (year unknown)
- Several television shows have been filmed at the hospital:
- ER (pilot episode)
- Charm School with Ricki Lake
- The Surreal Life (Season 3)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake (TV Movie, 1988)
- The Colony, Special Ops Mission
- Flash Forward (“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”)
- Ghost Adventures
- Ghost Stories
- 1000 Ways to Die (Segment – “Par-Gore”)
- World’s Worst Tenants
- The Othersiders
- The OCD Project, Dexter (Season 1 “Let’s Give the Boy a Hand”),
- Face Off (Season 2 “Night Terrors”)
- Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory (Season 5 “Dyrdek Day”)
- Charmed (Season 1 “Dream Sorcerer”)
- True Blood (Season 5 “Let’s Boot and Rally”)
- Criminal Minds (Season 7 “Heathridge Manor”)
- NCIS: Los Angeles (Season 4 “Drive”)
- Bachelor Pad (Season 2 Episode 2)
- A number of music videos have been filmed at the Linda Vista Hospital: Duran Duran “Falling Down”, Garbage “Bleed Like Me”, Girlicious “Maniac”, Used “Blood on My Hands”, Avenged Sevenfold “Nightmare”, In This Moment “Adrenalize”, Royal Pirates “Disappear”, Rise Against “Hero of War”, Paramore “Monster”, MellowHype “64”, Bad Meets Evil “Lighters”, We Are The In Crowd “Rumor Mill”, Foo Fighters “Best of You”, Hollywood Undead “We Are”, Neon Trees “Lessons in Love (All Day, All Night)”, Otep “Apex Predator”, and Falling in Reverse “I’m Not a Vampire”.
- Only two commercials have been filmed there – Bush Gardens’ “Howl-O-Scream” and “Death Jockey – Thriller Nights”