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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Superstitious Saturday Belasco

Superstitious Saturday Belasco

The Belasco Theater in New York City on West 44th Street is said to be haunted by the theater’s builder and namesake, David Belasco. The building was constructed in 1907 and he lived in an apartment on the top floor. He spent almost all of his time in the building writing, managing, or directing. Although he died in 1931 there are those who say they still see him.

And, according to http://www.playbill.com/article/the-ghosts-of-broadway-com-329561: “He's one of the most solid theatre ghosts. No wispy ectoplasm for him. He appears much as he did in life: tall, with tousled hair and wearing the cassock and clerical collar that was his lifelong affectation.”

In addition to his solid appearances, other manifestations are experienced, from sounds issuing from his upstairs apartment, to doors opening and closing, to the sound of footsteps and the scent of cigar smoke.

It is well known that Belasco loved the theater. So much so that he has apparently decided to stay for all eternity.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstitious Secret #177:
“The Belasco Theater is haunted by the theater’s builder.”

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“Theatres are curious places, magician's trick-boxes where the golden memories of dramatic triumphs linger like nostalgic ghosts, and where the unexplainable, the fantastic, the tragic, the comic and the absurd are routine occurrences on and off the stage. Murders, mayhem, politcal intrigue, lucrative business, secret assignations, and of course, dinner.”
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

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