Ghost tours, ghouls, and paranormal stories are provocative and fascinating, captivating audiences for centuries. Take Chicago, for example, you’re sure to find a compelling story behind any of the towering buildings. Not all are considered haunted though. A new list from Architectures Digest has named the famed Oriental Theater as one of the haunted places in the world. Yes, the entire world.
First called the Iroquois Theater, ghosts are said to haunt the downtown Loop location often. It was renamed The Oriental Theater in 1926, and later was rebranded as the Nederlander Theatre in 1998. Despite the change in names over the years, its history is still told today, as it’s the place where almost 600 people perished after a fire broke out in 1903.
Once known as a movie ‘palace’ it was later reconstructed as a musical theater. The theater, which is still open today, was later completely rebuilt after the fire and came back with a new name but ghost stories abound, and rumors of lost spirits are still around. The street behind the theater, dubbed ‘Death Alley’, has been the site of many alleged ghost sightings.
The Oriental Theater (Now the Nederlander) sits at number 12 on the list, just after The Forbidden City in Beijing, China. the Loop theater is followed by Poveglia Island in Venice where bubonic plague victims were sent to quarantine. Most of the local ghost tours take you to this exact spot for its long storied history.
There are 37 haunted places that make the list, which you can read about here. “]here[/trackLink].
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