Beckley, West Virginia
Beckley is a city in southern West Virginia in Raleigh County. The city is populated by about 17,000 residents.
Soldiers Memorial Theater Information:
The Soldier’s Memorial Theater was built between 1931-1932. An interesting event happened at the celebration of laying of the cornerstone for the Soldier’s Memorial Theater on November 15, 1931. A temporary floor had been set up that was holding some construction materials. People at the celebration climbed up onto this floor to get a better view. The temporary flooring collapsed right before the invocation was supposed to take place. The people standing on the temporary flooring fell 12 feet, along with heavy construction materials. No one died as a result of this event, but at least 6 people were seriously injured.
The Soldiers Memorial Theater building was once a temporary courthouse, county library, YMCA, and community center. The building was closed in the 1970’s and then reopened in 1993.
The Soldier’s Memorial Theater is located near the old Beckley Junior High School building (on the MSU campus) where there was once a Union Hospital. Thus, it is rumored that the Soldier’s Memorial Theater is near or perhaps even located on top of a Civil War era graveyard.
Ghosts and the Paranormal at the Soldiers Memorial Theater in Beckley, West Virginia:
Shadow figures have been reported at this location. Also, a man of about 60 years of age has been reported roaming about the Soldiers Memorial Theater as well as on the balcony wearing 1930’s garb. Apparitions and disembodied sounds of children have been reported in the auditorium.
An ethereal saxophone has been reported playing at the Soldiers Memorial Theater when no one in the building is playing the saxophone.
No Author (2011). Theresa’s Haunted History of the Tri-State: Soldiers Memorial Theater. Retireved May 3, 2011 from http://theresashauntedhistoryofthetri-state.blogspot.com/2011/03/old-beckley-junior-high-school.html
Wikipedia (2011). Beckley, West Virginia. Retrieved May 2, 2011 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beckley,_West_Virginia
Shadowlord (1998). Haunted Places Index. Retrieved April 23, 2011 from http://theshadowlands.net/places/west virginia.htm