“See ‘House On Haunted Hill’ with Emergo!”

“See the FIRST picture ever shown with
The Amazing New EMERGO!
The GHOST Emerges Right Off the Screen
And Actually Soars Into the Audience…”


Weegee (1899-1968), [Audience watching “House on Haunted Hill”], 1959 (7471.1993)


Weegee (1899-1968), [Skeleton hanging from movie theater ceiling during screening of “House on Haunted Hill”], 1959 (7474.1993)


Weegee (1899-1968), [Man hanging skeleton from movie theater ceiling for screening of “House on Haunted Hill”], 1959 (7475.1993)


Weegee (1899-1968), [Man hanging skeleton from movie theater ceiling for screening of “House on Haunted Hill”], 1959 (7477.1993)


Weegee (1899-1968), [Skeleton holding “House on Haunted Hill” books], 1959 (7478.1993)

The beautifully and wonderfully old (opened in 1929) Landmark Loews Theater (possibly haunted) in Jersey City, located several blocks from the ICP archives (definitely haunted with photo-ghosts and silvery shadows and oozing eerie-ectoplasm), and across the street the Journal Square PATH station (not haunted), is screening the spooky, scary, and amusing film “House on Haunted Hill” with Emergo! this weekend. “The shiver and shake, quiver and quake, picture of the year!” features Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Elisha Cook, Jr. and was produced and directed by William Castle. The Landmark Loew’s Jersey is located at 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, New Jersey. If you don’t dare enter the “House on Haunted Hill” at the Loews Theater, a video of the film can be watched here, presumably without Emergo!

Featured in the film, the setting for the haunted house party, the most haunted house on the hill, is the exterior of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, in Los Angeles, built in 1924, for Charles and Mabel Ennis.
Weegee photographed movie theater audiences many times, in the 1940s and 50s and once or twice in the 60s. These photos were presumably made at the “House on Haunted Hill” premiere, either January 23 or February 17 in 1959. And were perhaps the penultimate movie audiences that he photographed.

“Do you dare enter ‘The House On Haunted Hill’?”


Trailer for “House On Haunted Hill” (1959)


Weegee (1899-1968), [Skeleton hanging and haunting movie theater during screening of “House on Haunted Hill”], 1959 (7474.1993)

“The ghosts are waiting…”

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2 Responses to “See ‘House On Haunted Hill’ with Emergo!”

  1. Mitzlet says:

    Boo hoo! Great page. Did you do the moving skeleton? I never saw these photos before.

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