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Haunted: The New Empire Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Haunted: The New Empire Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, Essex

| On 22, Jun 2017

The Hauntings of the New Empire Theatre

The New Empire Theatre in Southend has had many lives…

The original building dates back to 1896, then it became the Rivoli Picture House and then the ABC Cinema.

The original Empire Theatre was once called the prettiest theatre outside of London.

Sadly today it’s no so pretty.

But you’ll be happy to know it has a few ghostly tales to tell!

In its early days the theatre was a music hall.

Now there’s a sad story which dates back to this era about a guy called George.

Tragically George committed suicide by jumping to his death from the top of the theatre’s roof…

And it’s now said that he haunts the building!

George was blamed for turning lights on and off within the building.

On one occasion it’s said that he made a huge heavy chandelier swing all by its self.

The cleaners at the New Empire Theatre where constantly seeing the apparition of George when they enter the building first thing in the morning.

But it’s was said that George only showed himself to the theatre’s staff…

No member of the paying public reported seeing him during a performance!

Today sadly the theatre is closed.

 
Bibliography
Dee Gordon (2012) Haunted Southend. The History Press

 


THE RED LION HOTEL: One of the Most Haunted Places in Essex!

The 15th century Grade I listed Red Lion Hotel situated along Colchester’s High Street is probably the most infamous hotel in the town.

It’s said to be haunted by not one but three ghosts!

The ghost of a small boy, a monk and a lady called Alice Catherine Millar are said to haunt the Red Lion…

Terrified witnesses have been reporting seeing the ghostly apparition of Alice Catherine Millar as far back as the 1800s.

Alice was believed to been a chambermaid who worked at the Red Lion.

In 1638, she was said to have been brutally murdered by her lover in the hotel.

One of the past owners of the Red Lion was so frightened that the stories of the hotel being haunted by Alice’s ghost would affect trade that he bricked up her old room to try and stop her haunting the building.

Unfortunately for him it didn’t work…

Her ghost is still seen to this very day in the hotel!

Both guests and members of staff have witnessed her ghostly apparition in the hotel’s kitchen and in Rooms 5, 6 and 10.

Her ghost has even been seen by terrified witnesses to disappearing through one of the walls where the old bricked up doorway to her room was once situated.

The assistant manager of the hotel on one occasion even saw her sitting in an old rocking chair rocking backwards and forwards before disappearing.

Other hotel members of staff have been frightened by hearing Alice whispering or even talking to them.

Having their hair pulled by an unseen entity is regularly reported by scared guests staying at the Red Lion.

An unknown woman’s voice was once mysteriously recorded on a video tape shot in one of the hotels rooms by a shocked guest.

Another ghostly apparition seen at the Red Lion is that of a hooded monk…

He’s often witnessed in the early hours of the morning walking along the hotel’s corridors.

Sometimes he magically appears in the Red Lion’s reception area.

He’s sad story dates back a few centuries.

It’s said that he was in charge of some children when a bad fire broke out in the hotel.

He perished in the fire whilst trying to save the children!

And last but by no means least, the final ghost believed to haunt this historic hotel is that of a small boy…

It’s normally children who witness the ghostly apparition of this little boy.

They often see him in the Parliament Restaurant which was once the old Banqueting Hall.

The little boy’s ghost has even been caught on camera by shocked guest when they have taken photos in the Parliament Restaurant!

Click Here to Stay at the Red Lion