Lincoln Theatre

October 18th, 2008

Lincoln Threatre

On North Main Street in Decatur Illinois, is Lincoln Theatre. It is considered to be the most haunted theatre in the country. Ghosts encounters go back all the way from 1930 to present day. The site itself was supposedly built on a Native American Burial Ground. There was also a hotel that stood where the theatre does presently. This hotel burnt to the ground killing many people inside.

It is believed that the spirits of the ones who were killed in the fire, as well as the Native Americans in their resting place haunt the theatre. Originally, the theatre contained vaudeville performances or live performances. A lot of performers with big names came there to perform, but after 60 thriving years it was shutdown.

The owner wanted to restore the theatre to its former glory. Since the doors opened once again, the paranormal activity has increased considerably. Curtains have sounded like they were opening and closing, even though they haven’t moved at all. If one sits up in the balcony, you can see shapes and figures roaming throughout the auditorium. One ghost seen is of a woman watching the play down by the stage.

The spiral staircase located behind stage left is the most haunted place in the theatre. About 12 years ago, people were filming up on the staircase, they heard the sounds of someone following them up on the staircase. The cameraman ran out the building and never came back after that incident.

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  1. John Battles
    August 2nd, 2009 at 18:58 | #1

    The photo is not the Lincoln theatre in Decatur, IL. Was there last night. Not even close.

  2. Jason
    August 2nd, 2009 at 19:27 | #2

    Mr. Battles, would you happen to show everyone a picture of the theatre for everyone to see then?

  3. John Battles
    August 4th, 2009 at 12:30 | #3

    Jason,
    Go to flickr, do a search for “lincoln theatre decatur, il” and you can look at a bunch of them. My digital still camera quit working the night I was there so all I got was video footage.

  4. Jason
    August 4th, 2009 at 12:36 | #4

    Thank you Mr. Battles for helping us update the database.

  5. Wes
    November 6th, 2009 at 21:47 | #5

    The theatre pic is the Lincoln theatre in Lincoln Il.

  6. Amanda
    October 3rd, 2011 at 14:18 | #6

    If you would like a photo of the actual theatre and a better account of it’s paranormal activity I would be happy to help. I am currently an active Board member for the theatre.

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