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Illinois'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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  •   Avon Theater Decatur, IL
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    The staff at Avon Theater have reported hearing disembodied laughter, footsteps, missing objects and voices and applause that come from the empty auditorium. A man's apparition who appears to be in his 50's or 60's has also been spotted at the theater. Read More

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  •   Peoria Players Theatre Peoria, IL
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    This theater is believed to be haunted by a playful ghost named Norman, a former theater director who died at age 34 in 1960. The theater also is home to a more sinister entity whose identity is unknown. Read More

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  •   Miner's Theatre Collinsville, IL
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    The Miner's Theatre is said to have at least three ghost that linger the property. One is a young woman who is friendly but likes to play pranks like hiding the actors' cotumes or makeup. The other two are brothers, one killed the other to become the sole owner of the theater. Read More

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  •   Fischer Theater Danville, IL
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    This 19th Century building was once a opera house that served many purposes over the years including stores, housing and of course, a theater. The theater has been known to be haunted when a volunteer of the Vermilion Heritage Foundation accidentally recorded eerie sounds that took place in the projection room. The location has also been investigated by Springfield Ghost Society, who... Read More

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  •   Rialto Square Theatre Joliet, IL
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    This theatre was built as a movie palace and vaudeville venue in 1926. The building is said to be haunted by a ghostly woman is believed to be a former actress. Visitors, employees and construction workers have all claimed to see the female form floating throughout the theater. A male and female wearing period clothing have also been seen in the theater's balcony. Some believe the... Read More

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  •   Congress Theater Chicago, IL
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    The Congress Theater is no longer in operation but when it was, there were many rumors that it was haunted by a number of entities. A woman's apparition and shadowy figures were seen and reports of disembodied footsteps and eerie noises as well. Read More

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  •   Lincoln Theatre Belleville, IL
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    This theater is rumored to be haunted by a ghost who enjoys playing pranks. A ghostly child's apparition has run up and down the stairs, a woman has appeared in the balcony and tricks are played in the projection booth. Reports say there are as many as seven ghosts that linger at this theatre. Read More

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  •   Lawford Theatre Havana, IL
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    Those who have visited or worked at this theater have reported seeing faces that appear in photos and have felt cold chills from behind the curtains on opening nights. Read More

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  •   Lincoln Square Theatre Decatur, IL
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    This theater dates back to 1916 and was built atop the fire-ravaged Priest Hotel that once stood. It has been said that the spirits of the fire victims still linger in the theater. A former theater worked named Red is one of the friendly ghosts that reside here. Witnesses have claimed to hear his whispers and have seen his shadowy figure. He has appeared walking about the stage area. A... Read More

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