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Thursday Inbox: The Hollywood Scientology Center invites you over for the playoffs

Jan 19, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT


[From Sarah Sprague] For many years, the Hollywood Scientology Celebrity Centre has put on brunches (supposedly where Tom Cruise introduced Will Smith to his friends) on Sundays for their outreach, so when this flyer showed up in my mailbox I was a little surprised. Football? I cannot recall the Celebrity Centre hosting an event for football in the near-decade I’ve lived in this neighborhood.

Pizza? Wings? Barbeque? Kid friendly? Obviously, because if you’re about to be audited, you cannot drink.

Just kidding, you don’t have to get audited when you go to the Celebrity Centre. One of my neighbors who is not a Scientologist held an acting class there for a while and reported no one ever approached her or her students about joining the Centre. Said it was more like a community hall than anything else. But be safe and use the buddy system just in case someone tries to talk you into an e-meter test you didn’t study for.

I mean, it seems harmless enough. Aside of the period between “ancient Sunday ritual”and “Football”, I’m sure you’re fine if you’re looking for a place to watch the Conference Championships this weekend. [Sarah Sprague]


  1. gabbagabbaheyhey - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    it’s not as far removed as you think, MANY people think FOOTBALL is a religion. ;) I think I’ll be there for the free chow;) Who knows, might learn something while I’m there too!

  2. tishakisses - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    I’ve always been fascinated with the Scientology Celebrity center. I see it from the freeway, and I have a friend whose husband performed there, along with a string of other cultural singers. She’s actually a devout Catholic. Apparently she and her crew worked with the Celebrity Center in order to produce the concert. This is an event I’d wanna check out, as I love a sports-focused event that you can enjoy with a community of other enthusiasts.

  3. elreymessi - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Sounds like good fun…besides, the property is gorgeous. I saw my little cousin perform there a few months back and contrary to my expectations, there was no proselytizing.

    • hamstergram - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      Hmmm, anything seem fishy about the three comments above? All 2-4 minutes apart, all complimentary of the scientology center, all pretending to be folks who “just happened by.” Same person under different log-ins? Who is making you write these? IS IT TOM CRUISE? Signal us with a :( icon and we’ll come rescue you.

      • rubbernilly - Jan 21, 2012 at 6:13 AM

        Well caught. Also, click on their names to go to their wordpress sites. You can’t see how many comments they’ve made, but they all still have their first “Hello, World” post up… and those posts are all dated Jan. 20. Nothing like getting registered just to do a little proselytizing.

        “Keep Scientology Working,” indeed.

  4. winkeroni - Jan 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Scientology Celebrity Center! Hot Dog! A big part of determining what religion is right for me is celebrities. I can’t think of anyone smarter than Tom Cruise or John Travolta. I’ve got to get to Hollywood this weekend.

  5. rubbernilly - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Scientology is a dangerous cult. Look up Lisa McPherson, Billion Year Contracts, The Fair Game doctrine, “Disconnect”, or Operation Snow White. If you’re still conscious and not vomiting, look up SeaOrg, Rundown, or Rehabilitation Project Force.

    They are no laughing matter.

  6. lionthrax - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    So many people hate on stars for speaking about their religious beliefs. Which one of you would turn down the success of Cruise, Travolta? Or a Christian like Tebow? Mormon like Romney? Or any one of the success stories of any religion? Or are you upset that they attribute part of their success to their beliefs?

    Or are you upset with your own inadequacies that you feel the need to lash out at those who have become successful? Oddly religion, be it Scientology or other, just may have the answer you really seek.

    I know the people at the celebrity center are good people whether you agree with their beliefs or not. They would still care for your well being even though you said ‘no’.