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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Superstitious Saturday Haunted Orpheum

Superstitious Saturday Haunted Orpheum

In this month of haunts and spirits, I thought I’d talk about some famous haunted theaters. Today it’s the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee. Yes, although Europe is heavily populated with theater ghosts, America has its fair share.

Originally constructed in 1890 the theater burned thirty years later but was rebuilt. The most famous ghost here (there is more than one) is a girl named Mary who is believed to have died in one of three ways:  she was hit and killed by a horse and buggy or she was killed in a car accident – or chillingly, she fell to her death from the balcony of the theater. For another story on her death see the Link of the Day below.

Audience members have heard Mary laughing and running up and down the aisles, and a few claim to have seen her sitting in her favorite seat: C-5. In 1977 the road show of Fiddler on the Roof played at the Orpheum and the cast became so concerned about this ghost that they held a séance in an attempt to speak with her. The séance revealed several other ghosts besides Mary.

It is also said that Mary turns all the box seats backwards if she doesn’t like the performance.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstitious Secret #174:
“A girl named Mary is said to haunt the Orpheum Theater.”

Link of the Day:

Quote of the Day:
“Now I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that's what.”
― Salman Rushdie

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