The Haunting of the Orpheum Theatre

Orpheum Theatre –Maricopa County, Phoenix, Arizona

Photograph ©Debra Jane Seltzer

Constructed in 1927, the Orpheum Theatre is the most extravagant in the city of Phoenix. During the theatres many years of use, it has seen its share of good times, good money and good company.

To look upon this gorges building, you may never guess it is claimed to be haunted. However, employees of the theatre can tell you many stories that would make your hair stand on end!

Some of the strange happenings reported between 1995 and 1999 are kind of silly in nature. It sounds much like a bored spirit just trying to poke fun at the living.

A dark figure made itself known to a janitor by floating back and forth across the balcony. I can only imagine how alarmed this poor unsuspecting man was!

On another occasion, three of the staff members were in awe of a roll of paper towels that began to unroll itself at the concession stand. One of the employees stopped the towels from unrolling by placing his hand on them. As soon as he moved his hand, the towels began to unroll again.

In the men’s room of the theatre, several patrons and employees reported feeling a presence in the room and then they were suddenly shocked by a small charge of electricity.

Another account of the men’s room happened after closing one evening; apparently all of the toilets began flushing and all of the sinks turned on full force!

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Phoenix, Arizona 85003
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