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Capitol Plaza Theater | West Virginia State University Capitol Center

Capitol Plaza Theater | West Virginia State University Capitol Center

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  • Date Posted: May 5, 2014
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  • Address: 123 Summers Street, Charleston, WV 25301, USA

Charleston, West Virginia

Charleston is the largest city and the capital of West Virginia. Charleston has a population of about 60,000 residents.

Charleston is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers in Kanawha County, West Virginia. Charleston is the County Seat of Kanawha County.

Fort Lee, the first permanent settlement in Charleston, was built in 1788. The Fort Lee structure once occupied the area located at approximately Brooks Street and Kanawha Boulevard.

Daniel Boone was a member of the Kanawha County Assembly in 1791. Apparently, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and walked all the way from Charleston, West Virginia to Richmond, Virginia.

The Capitol Plaza Theater aka the West Virginia State University Capitol Center:

The Capitol Plaza Theater was built in about 1912. It is a three-story brick structure. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

An old 1798 mansion was torn down and The Capitol Plaza Theater was built on the land where the mansion had been before. The mansion was owned by the Welch family.

The Capitol Plaza Theater Ghosts and Hauntings:

The Capitol Plaza Theater has a different sort of haunting than a lot of other theaters in the United States. The ghosts of the Capitol Plaza Theater in Charleston have first and last names and interact with people more readily than other ghosts in other theaters, at least according to people who frequent the theater.

Visitors to the Capitol Plaza Theater report feeling “chills” upon entering the theater.

The ghost of “John Welch” is said by staff to haunt the Capitol Theater.

Another ghost, “Molly Welch” (John’s daughter, who purportedly died of pneumonia at the age of 8) also haunts the theater.

Resources:

HauntedHouses.com ( ). The Capitol Plaza Theater. Retrieved February 8, 2011 from http://www.hauntedhouses.com/states/wv/capitol_plaza_theatre.cfm

Wikipedia (2011). Plaza Theater (Charleston, West Virginia). Retrieved February 8, 2011 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plaza_Theatre_(Charleston,_West_Virginia)

StrangeUSA.com (2005-2009). The Capitol Plaza Theater. Retrieved February 8, 2011 from http://www.strangeusa.com/ViewLocation.aspx?locationid=10662

The Shadowlord (1998). Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Retrieved February 5, 2011 from http://theshadowlands.net/places/west virginia.htm

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