Landers Theater - Real Springfield Haunt
- 311 E. Walnut St.
- Springfield, MO
- (417) 869-1334
Built in 1909, this theater is also known as the Springfield Little Theater. It was renovated in 1970 and is rumored to be haunted by a number of ghosts. One is believed to be a janitor who died in a fire in 1920. His apparition has been spotted in the balcony watching rehearsals. Another ghost is an African-American man who was stabbed to death in the 1920's in the second balcony. He appears as a green hazy orb that is about 5 feet tall. A ghostly baby also haunts the theater, falling from the balcony, a recurring scene of a past accident. The baby's cries can also be heard at times. From the street outside, witnesses have seen a tall blond man's apparition wearing Elizabethan clothing looking out one of the fourth floor windows. Other entities have also been spotted here and some have even followed people through the building or tapped them on the shoulder.
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A long time ago but I still remember this
I wanted to share my own experience with the other side, although there were no physical manifestations.
When I was fresh out of college in 1972 I took a job working as the resident costume designer at the Landers Theatre in Springfield, MO. There were stories of a deadly fire in 1920, after which the original box office and hallway had been permanently closed.
I often worked alone in the basement getting costumes ready for upcoming performances. I have never been especially suggestible or prone to imagining things, but these are a couple of my experiences:
1) One afternoon I was working alone and suddenly heard all sorts of commotion above me in the theatre: voices, hammering, general activity. I was surprised because I didn't think anything was happening that day. I went up to the theatre and no one was there. Nobody.
2) I leaned over to take a drink from the water fountain at the back of the house and a man started talking right next to me. I looked up... nobody there.
3) Another time, again when I was alone in the basement, I heard a woman's high heels clicking along the floor, accompanied by what sounded like children's feet running along near her. The sounds were directly above me ... where the old box office had been and which was completely boarded up.
None of these events match what my limited research says are the common ghost stories associated with this theatre. I would love to know if anyone else ever had similar experiences!Posted 4/29/18
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