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About me.....I lost my grandfather when I was 17. I had a VERY difficult time getting over it. I just needed to know that I could still communicate with him. I loved him so much I didn't think I could live without him. I read everything I could get my hands on that had to do with the "afterlife" and that started it all...the love of Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal. I am now a Certified Paranormal Investigator and have my own Paranormal Group. I have been researching the paranormal for over 30 years!! It is my way of staying in touch with my grandfather. Being a Ghost Hunter is not always as exciting as it seems on TV. Many nights I have sat in the dark and not a thing happened. BUT it is those times you DO get that one voice, that one unexplainable picture or have an experience that sends chills down your back that makes it sooo worth it all!!! My purpose of this blog is not to make people believe in ghosts but maybe to open their minds just a little bit... I LOVE this crazy thing called Ghost Hunting. It is as much a part of me as breathing. I am just a girl that refuses to accept we can't still contact our loved ones after they die. My grandfather won't let me.

7/09/2012

Lincoln Theater-Decatur, Ill

Here are few pictures from our investigation at the Lincoln Theater in Decatur, Ill. I had such a great time! I was told by Luke that has worked with Troy Taylor for years and he told me that my "flashlight" communication session we had down in the basement of the Lincoln was one of the most impressive he has seen in a really long time. Is my head getting bigger??? lol

A little history of this awesome place.


Residents of Decatur, Illinois have heard stories that the local Lincoln Theater is haunted. Those of us who live outside of the city, or the state may not have heard the same stories. Though the stories are popular, they are also fairly localized to the town. This isn't a place that you would expect to see the
ghost hunters investigating any time soon.
The Lincoln Theater first opened its doors in 1916 and quickly became one of the most popular attractions in Decatur. Prior to being the Lincoln, this same site held the old Priest Hotel. The Priest opened in 1880, and lasted until a fire ravaged the building in 1904. Though the hotel was rebuilt on the same spot, another fire destroyed the building in 1915, and some people believe the ghosts of that fire still haunt the area.
The fire began when some rags caught fire near the boiler. Though there were some efforts to stop the fire, it quickly grew out of control. Once the fire was stopped, the bodies of two guests were found. Other guests went missing, but no one is quite sure if they died in the blaze or escaped without a word.
When the new building was constructed on top of the old site, it was given the name the Lincoln Square Theater. The new theater was built to last, with precautions such as a two-foot thick firewall added to protect the building against future fire damage. The theater was an instant hit with residents who came to see the hundreds of plays, vaudeville acts, and musical groups that passed through the town.
The Lincoln remained in operation for a number of years, with ownership passing to a few different organizations and people. During the 1980's, the owners leased the building to another corporation, but finally shuttered the theater for good. Before leaving the Lincoln though, the owners stripped the building of many of its valuable parts, leaving behind only a shell. Restorationists are working hard to turn this old historic building back into something grand once again, though they have their work cut out for them, especially when you factor in the ghost stories.
One ghost that people believe haunts the old Lincoln Theater someone known only as Red. Red supposedly once worked at the theater. The man worked backstage during the live performances and seemed happy, though some claim he actually wanted to be an actor himself. Supposedly Red fell from the catwalk during a show, and died when he hit the stage. Red died die in the theater, but he died during his sleep and not from a huge fall.
There are a number of people who claim to have seen or heard Red at the Lincoln Theater over the years, or at least the man's ghost. People claim to hear someone whispering, or see strange shadows above the stage. Others have heard someone walking around the stage area. There are also some visitors who believe that they have seen the ghost of a young woman in the theater, though no one is quite sure who she might be.
The ghosts of the Lincoln Theater seem fairly friendly. They seem to enjoy sitting in the empty audience area and watching those on stage, even if they are only working and not performing. The ghosts are also known to manifest as cold spots in the building, or to touch people standing in the theater. Others have seen a male figure standing on the stairs. This man has been seen by dozens of visitors and performers over the years.


Here are few pictures from our investigation at the Lincoln Theater in Decatur, Ill.  I had such a great time!  I was told by Luke that has worked with Troy Taylor for years and he told me that my "flashlight" communication session we had down in the basement of the Lincoln was one of the most impressive he has seen in a really long time.  Is my head getting bigger??? lol



Looking down
Behind the stage





From the second seating area
Looking up.

6 comments:

Terence said...

Very spectacular, interesting and lovely photos.

Becky said...

Terence,

Thank you for your comment. The pictures aren't the best but we got more interesting stuff on EVP's and flashlight communication. But thank you for your comments.

Anonymous said...

I am glad that you had a great time here in Decatur. It is wonderful that you got some great shots.

Becky said...

Oh I had a GREAT time!!! I am a BIG fan of Troy Taylor and Decatur....AWESOME! I met some of the nices people.

Anonymous said...

*Smiles* I am so glad that you did. The "flashlight" communication.. Is that what you showed a video of at the theater?

Becky said...

Yes. They were WAY impressed with the flashlight communication we did.