America's Most Haunted Places
Courtesy of Lincoln Theater
Lincoln Square Theatre, Decatur, IL
When the Lincoln Square Theatre opened in 1916, it was the third building to occupy this site. The previous two—a hotel and another theater—went up in flames. And the ghosts of those killed are believed to haunt the premises. Another story involves the one-armed ghost of a stagehand, Red. Legend has it that he plunged to his death from a catwalk above the stage. In fact, he did die in the theater, though while taking a nap from which he never awoke. Shortly afterward, people began to report seeing seats move on their own, feeling cold spots where there were no drafts, and seeing a one-armed figure roaming the catwalks. The theater still shows movies and offers occasional overnight ghost hunts.