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W-File: gh2004_0004_Madison

Type: No investigation data available at this time.
Date: March 15, 2004
Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Source: The Online Reporting Form


Details: The following ghost report comes in from a thirty-nine year old teacher in Madison (Dane county).  This particular ghost report is about the old Majestic Theatre and the possibility of it being haunted. The Majestic Theater is located on King Street right off the Capitol Square.  Apparently there had been recent remodeling, unexplainable sounds noises or voices were heard, and a ghostly interaction did occur.  Here are the details in their own words:


“ While a student at the UW Madison I had several friends and acquaintances who worked at the old Majestic Theatre on King Street (just off the Capitol Square).  At this time the theatre was used as a cinema showing mainly foreign films and late night shows.  It was always someone's job to go through the aisles with a broom and collect up the paper cups and popcorn that scattered the floor after every show. Two friends reported having the same experience on separate occasions.  They were cleaning up in the main theatre after the late show when they sensed they were not alone.  Looking up they saw a man sitting in the back row of the balcony. The first friend finished his cleaning and, as he was the keyholder, went upstairs to wake the man (whom he assumed had fallen asleep) so that he could leave and lock up.  When he got there the balcony was empty - even though he had plainly seen the man moments before proceeding up the stairs, which were the only entrance and exit to the balcony. The second friend's tale is downright chilling.  He was sweeping the stage when he too sensed he was being watched.  Glancing up towards the balcony he saw a man seated in the back row.  My friend gave a courteous wave to the man, and the man waved back, and continued waving slowly with both arms.  To my friend's horror he noticed that as the man continued waving his arms appeared to extend further and further from his body.  My friend dropped his broom and left the building immediately.  He never did late night cleanup after that. These incidents would have been in 1986 or 87. I have heard rumors of similar encounters at the Majestic.  Surprised that it's never mentioned anywhere. Would be curious if anyone else had stories about the place.”


Had the employees been witness to a ghost or phantom?  Did the ghost simply dematerialize when approached or was it maybe someone who did fall asleep, startled by the employee quickly exited the Majestic Theater? Is it haunted, are there ghosts?  Let us know what you think the next time you visit!


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