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Did Aleister Crowley use an occult temple in the Hollywood Hills?
The British mystic visited in November 1915 and described Angelenos as a “cinema crowd of cocaine-crazed sexual lunatics.” Hollywood has long been dotted with esoteric spiritual centers, and if he did go seeking, he probably found the Krotona Theosophical Society at Vista Del Mar and Primrose avenues. Those philosophers moved to Ojai in 1924, and their L.A. temple, meditation room, and vegetarian cafeteria are now groovy apartments.
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