Haunted: The New Empire Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Stewart | 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.
Dee Gordon (2012) Haunted Southend. The History Press
FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: The Arnos Manor Hotel
Along the Bath Road in Bristol you’ll find the Arnos Manor Hotel.
The hotel was first built as a private home for the business merchant William Reeve in 1760.
It was once a girl’s school which was run by nuns and it’s the ghost of one of these nuns that is said to haunt the hotel today.
Local legend says that a nun had committed suicide because she fell pregnant.
To hide the scandal, the other nuns bricked up her body behind a wall at the hotel.
During the Second World War the hotel was bombed by the German Luftwaffe.
The workmen who were sent in to repair the bomb damage area of the hotel uncovered a female skeleton.
Apparently, to avoid delay, the workmen just buried the bones elsewhere within the building!
Since then, poltergeist activity has taken place throughout the hotel.
Terrified guests have also witnessed a ghostly brown figure within the hotel especially within Room 160.
Guests have heard a female voice calling their name and have felt a figure pinning them down whilst they’ve slept in Room 160.