The following is a list of famous haunted theaters in New York, USA. Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know which location you think is the creepiest! To view my full list of ghost stories and haunted locations in New York, Click Here. And if you liked this list, be sure to check out my new book, The Folklore & Haunted Locations Guide: New York, available on Amazon!!
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#1 - Clayton Opera House
Coordinates: 44.242700°, -76.086835°
Location Address: 403 Riverside Drive, Clayton, New York, 13624
The Clayton Opera House in Clayton, New York was constructed during the early 1900's, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Employees at the historic opera house report witnessing apparitions and shadow figures, as well as hearing disembodied voices and footsteps. Although ghostly apparitions are encountered by many visitors, the reason for their presence is unknown.
#2 - Lancaster Opera House
Coordinates: 42.901129°, -78.669983°
Location Address: 21 Central Avenue, Lancaster, New York, 14086
Constructed in 1894 as a conjoined town hall and music hall, the Lancaster Opera House in Lancaster, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a man named William, who committed suicide, as well as the spirit of an unknown woman whose ghost is seen watching performances from a seat on the upper balcony. Both apparitions are described by guests as wearing 1920's-style clothing, and are often blamed for a variety of strange paranormal activity, such as cold spots, lights flickering, and objects moving by themselves. One group of employees even reported witnessing a television being thrown across the stage by an unseen entity, and those who work late at night report feeling a strange presence, as if being watched by someone or something.
#3 - Landmark Theater
Coordinates: 43.047381°, -76.152440°
Location Address: 362 S. Salina Street, Syracuse, New York, 13202
Opened in February of 1928 as Loew's State Theater, the Landmark Theater in Syracuse, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman named Clarissa, who was killed after falling from one of the theater's balconies. Her apparition is seen by employees and guests wearing a long white dress, and is often accompanied by the unexplained scent of lilac perfume. The Landmark Theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places in May of 1977.
#4 - Lucille Ball Little Theater
Coordinates: 42.095553°, -79.240109°
Location Address: 18 E. 2nd Street, Jamestown, New York, 14701
The Lucille Ball Little Theater in Jamestown, New York was founded in 1936. Guests report witnessing orbs and the apparitions of several unidentified men and women, as well as experiencing other paranormal activity, such as disembodied voices and unexplained cold spots. Unfortunately, very little additional information is currently available regarding this haunting.
#5 - New Amsterdam Theater
Coordinates: 40.756186°, -73.987888°
Location Address: 214 W. 42nd Street, New York City, New York, 10036
Constructed in 1903, the New Amsterdam Theater in New York City is said to be haunted by the spirit of a former chorus singer named Olive Thomas, who committed suicide on September 10, 1920 by drinking mercury. Her apparition is often seen by employees and audience members late at night and during performances, and many report experiencing strange paranormal activity, such as cold spots, and feeling the presence of an unseen entity. Others report experiencing unexplained feelings of sadness that subside upon leaving the location.
#6 - Rochester Broadway Theatre League's Auditorium Theater
Coordinates: 43.160741°, -77.588659°
Location Address: 885 E. Main Street, Rochester, New York, 14605
Constructed in 1928 as a Masonic Temple, the Rochester Broadway Theatre League's (RBTL) Auditorium Theater is said to be haunted by the spirit of an elderly man whose apparition is often seen by actors and actresses backstage, as well as the spirit of another man seen wearing a red coat. The Auditorium Theater is said to be one of the most haunted locations in Rochester, with actors who report hearing the sounds of disembodied voices and footsteps during rehearsals, witnessing objects being moved by an unseen entity, and experiencing feelings of being watched.
Brian Weaver is the founder and creator of GhostQuest.net, the internet’s largest database for haunted locations, urban legends, and folklore tales throughout the United States. He grew up in rural New Hampshire, where he attended college for Computer Science.