10 Theaters with Frequent Ghost Sightings
It's one thing to sit in the audience and enjoy a spooky play or movie. It's another to stumble upon a legendary ghost in an empty hall (even if it is Judy Garland). Not for the squeamish, these terror-ific theaters will make your skin crawl.
What's playing now: The new musical The Bodyguard, adapted from the hit film starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, begins previews on November 5 and is scheduled to officially open on December 5. For tickets, visit reallyuseful.com/theaters/Adelphi-theatre.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre
In a story that would fit right into a film noir classic such as Sunset Boulevard or Double Indemnity, Hollywood lore says that actor Victor Killian walks the forecourt of this iconic L.A. landmark, searching for the man who beat him to death outside the theater, which has been the site of lavish movie openings since Tinseltown's early days. You can do some searching of your own outside the theater, where the cement handprints, footprints, and signatures of Hollywood stars have adorned the sidewalk for decades. The theater was the site of the Academy Awards ceremonies in 1944, 1945, and 1946, and is next door to the Dolby Theater, where the Oscars celebration is currently held each year.
What's playing now: You can often find a variety of vintage films and premieres scheduled at Grauman's and the adjacent Chinese 6 multiplex. In the coming week, the theaters will show Bad 25, Army of Darkness, and on Halloween night, well, Halloween. For showtimes, visit chinesetheatres.com
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
From royal ghosts traipsing through Macbeth and Hamlet to the knavish sprite Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream and the mysterious, magical Ariel in The Tempest, William Shakespeare provided the world with a small army of supernatural supporting roles. But the Bard of Avon's work is seldom as downright terrifying as the grounds of Lithia Park, home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which offers a mix of indoor and outdoor theater spaces. The ghost of a young girl murdered in the 19th century is said to walk the grounds of the park. Not impressed? Visitors to the park have told local police that the girl is surrounded by a mysterious blue light that enshrouds onlookers and drives them to hysterical fright.
What's playing now: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2012 season ends this week, with productions of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and a stage version of the Marx Brothers' anarchic Animal Crackers. The festival will open its 2013 season in February, offering new productions of Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear and late romance Cymbeline as well as the Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady, Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, and other plays. For more information and tickets, visit osfashland.org.
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