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Virginia's Haunted Theaters & Playhouses, Where Big Scares Take Center Stage

It's no surprise that ##Region## is home to numerous local theaters with haunted history - a night at the theater has been an American pastime for centuries! Theaters are seemingly always abuzz with foot traffic, excitement, and of course, drama, which is why many theaters are believed to be haunted by the spirits of actors, actresses, and theatergoers that frequented their favorite theater before their departure. If you've got a love for the stage in addition to your enthusiasm for ##Region##'s Haunted History and Ghost Hunting, then you'll want to check out one of the local haunted theaters next time you're looking for real scares!
 
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  • Barter Theatre Abingdon, VA
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    The Barter Theatre has a rather unique origin, having been thought up by local actor, Robert Porterfield, during the Great Depression. On June 10, 1933 the theater opened for its first production, charging 40 cents per ticket. Patrons did not have to pay in cash, however; as the surrounding community was largely a rural farming town and times were tough, Porterfield accepted the... Read More

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    As the name implies, Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre is a facility that puts on live shows while guests have a bite to eat. The actors aren’t the only ones putting on a show, however, as a local ghost has taken up residence in the building. The ghost has been known to manifest as lights gliding behind the stage, and also likes to rearrange chairs and place settings. Read More

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  •   Wayside Theatre Middletown, VA
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    The Wayside Theatre in Middleton delighted audiences with live performances for over half a century, and is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a former caretaker who allegedly died in a fire. His spirit primarily manifests on the back-porch costume storage, the balcony, and the basement; Seat CC1 was often found to be mysteriously lowered as well. Unfortunately declining sales and... Read More

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  •   Bridgewater College Bridgewater, VA
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    Bridgewater College is a private four-year coeducational institute founded in 1880. Campus lore has it that one of the campus buildings, Cole Hall, is haunted by its namesake, Dr. Charles Knox Cole. The building was constructed in 1929 at the behest of Cole’s daughter, Virginia Garber Cole Strickler, and Dr. Cole is said to have occupied the auditorium ever since. His ghost has been... Read More

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  •   Lyric Theatre Blacksburg, VA
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    The Lyric Theatre can trace its roots back to 1909, although it did not move into its current facility until 1930. Today the theater presents a variety of shows, including cinema, live theater, and music acts throughout the year. Visitors say that the building is haunted, reporting the sounds phantom footstep[s on the stairways, disembodied muttering, and cold spots. It is thought that... Read More

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