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Haunted Florida: The Tampa Theatre

a vintage photo of an old building

On the edge of the Gulf Coast lies Tampa, Florida. Its weather,  culture, and sports teams are known the world over. However, Tampa has spookier secrets to offer, as what some have claimed to be one of the most haunted spots in Florida is located there- the elegant Tampa Theatre.

Built in 1926, the Tampa Theatre is the crown jewel of the city. Throughout its history, Tampa Theatre has served as a venue for movies and theatre performances, hosting everything from vaudeville shows to world premieres… and also hauntings.

Several instances have shown themselves in the old theatre.. One popular legend involves the spirit of Foster “Fink” Finley, a projectionist who died in the theater. His spirit supposedly still lingers in the projection room, occasionally making himself known to those who work there. Another famous ghost is the dapper  spirit who occupies seat 308. He is spotted in the audience wearing a fedora, and disappears upon being approached.

These are just a couple of the experiences and hauntings reported within the walls of Tampa Theatre. From unexplained footsteps to mysterious apparitions, each ghostly tale adds another layer to the phenomena that surrounds this historic venue.

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