Haunted Cinemas

 
 


Fred

Location: Barnstaple Barnstaple (Devon) - Cinema
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The spirit at work within this building could be that of a worker who fell from the roof during repair work in 1931 - he died a week after the accident.


 
 


The Thin Man

Location: Beaconsfield (Buckinghamshire) - Chiltern Cinema (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: The thin, grey haired wraith reported here was named as a former manager. The entity was said to be annoying rather than frightening, and was frequently seen on stage by staff after all members of the public had left.


 
 


Monk

Location: Bedford (Bedfordshire) - Cineworld
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Both Screen 4 and the toilet area are reputed to be haunted by a hooded figure. Cold spots and strange sounds have also been reported. The cinema stands on the former site of Newnham priory.


 
 


Coach Driver

Location: Blackpool (Lancashire) - Royal Pavilion Cinema
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: This shade claimed to be a 1920s coach driver when contacted by a medium, which was called in after evening workers reported flickering lights and cold spots in the building.


 
 


Steam

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Former ABC Cinema, King's Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This cinema operated from the site of an old Turkish bathhouse. Cinema staff would report the sound of running water and clouds of steam which appeared from nowhere.


 
 


George

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Odeon Cinema, West Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: Local legend says George was killed during the construction of the cinema and now makes his presence felt. He was once seen standing on the top of a flight of stairs by a manager, and has a habit of tapping customers on their shoulder.


 
 


Suicide

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Kings Cinema (currently the base for the City Council's Housing Department)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of the rest rooms is said to be particularly cold - the area is haunted by the ghost of someone who took their life by leaping from the balcony.


 
 


Shadowy Figures

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Odeon cinema, Broadmead
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Several members of staff have reported seeing people milling about the auditorium, disappearing if approached. A seat in the third row of screen three is said to be home to a shadowy apparition.


 
 


Figures

Location: Carmarthen (Dyfed) - Lyric Theatre, King Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s onwards?
Further Comments: Several figures, both male and female, are reported to haunt this building. One former member of staff claimed that the phantoms have been making themselves known since the 1940s, while in 1996 a tall man in a suit was spotted in the projection room.


 
 


Footsteps

Location: Cheam (Surrey) - Century Cinema (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The phantom footfalls have been heard moving across the stage area, several previous managers mistaking the sounds for that of intruders.


 
 


Weighty Footsteps

Location: Devizes (Wiltshire) - Old Cinema
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These eerie footsteps have been heard pacing in empty rooms on the first floor.


 
 


Mr Christopher

Location: East Grinstead (Sussex) - Old Cinema along King Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 1970
Further Comments: A former manager, this spirit has been seen in full evening dress in various parts of the building.


 
 


Unknown

Location: Hemel Hempstead (Hertfordshire) - Jarman Park cinema
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty first century
Further Comments: Objects have been reported flying through the air in one room in this cinema. Moaning is also heard from the same area.


 
 


Figure

Location: Ipswich (Suffolk) - Ipswich Film Theatre (Cinema), Town Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Several staff at this building reported a shadowy figure walking around the rear corridors near the protection booths.


 
 


Actress

Location: Keighley (Yorkshire) - Keighley Picture House cinema
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996 onwards
Further Comments: After opening in 1913, an actress is said to have committed suicide in this theatre by throwing herself from a balcony. She may have been seen in the early 2000s by members of the public who complained that a woman had opened a fire door (one witness said she was wearing old fashioned clothing). When staff investigated, the door was secure. Staff report that screen one has a bad feeling, while the second projector room has a warm inviting feel.


 
 


Workman

Location: Luton (Bedfordshire) - The Alma cinema (no longer standing)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Pre 1960s
Further Comments: The Alma was thought to be cursed by locals who were forced to move from their homes so they could be demolished for the construction of the cinema. A construction worker fell to his death during the building work, and many felt that it was his ghostly presence that haunted The Alma.


 
 


Screen Six Shadows

Location: Luton (Bedfordshire) - Cineworld cinema
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: Strange sounds, darting shadows and icy cold patches of air have all been blamed on the presence that may haunt cinema screen 6.


 
 


Oscar

Location: Motherwell (Lanarkshire) - Rex Cinema (was originally the New Century Theatre, but is no longer operational; currently a snooker club?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: Though Oscar is no longer reported, during his stay here he had a reputation of scaring away usherettes who worked the late shifts.


 
 


Woman

Location: Newcastle Under Lyme (Staffordshire) - Rex and Rio Cinema (demolished 1970s)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1960s
Further Comments: A member of staff locking up at night after everyone had left watched a woman walk past him towards the toilets. The man shouted after the lady to be quick; she appeared to ignore him and disappeared into the restroom. After several minutes of waiting he knocked on the door. There was no reply, so he entered the room to see if she was okay - it was empty.


 
 


Pale Man

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - Lenton Abbey, Classic Cinema
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Built on the site of a former priory, this cinema is haunted by a figure that could be a monk, though it appears to dress in 'normal' clothing.


 
 


Floater

Location: SE15 (Greater London) - Tower Cinema, Peckham (now demolished, a car park built on top)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Several staff and workers at the cinema encountered a ghostly figure which walked 3.3 metres off the ground. Research showed that a chapel had once stood on the site, its floor 3.3 metres higher than the cinema's. It is said that during the demolition process, several workmen fled the area after encountering figures passing through walls.


 
 


Man in Grey

Location: Sutton (Surrey) - Former cinema at Rosehill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972
Further Comments: This figure appeared several times to members of staff, slowly disappearing if approached or spoken to. During the 1950s local residents complained of loud organ music coming from the building in the early hours of the morning, even though the organ had been removed several years previously.


 
 


Alfred Frederick Janes

Location: SW16 (Greater London) - Odeon cinema (was the Streatham Astoria)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Alfred once owned a large house which was demolished to make way for the development of a large theatre. He died shortly after completion of the playhouse, and since then his ghost has been spotted moving around, and once was heard shouting 'I won't sell!'.


 
 


Stealing Cashier

Location: W11 (Greater London) - Former Coronet Cinema, Notting Hill Gate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Around Christmas (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Caught stealing from the night's takings, this cashier killed herself in the building when confronted by the manager. Her footsteps are heard running up the stairs towards the area where she leapt from, breaking her neck in the fall.


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