And if you believe the stories, the 87-year-old Rialto Square Theatre is also a paranormal hot spot, with visitors and staff reporting brushes with the other side, including apparitions of a young boy and a woman in a wedding dress. The famously haunted theater is popular with local paranormal investigators and has also made an appearance on SyFy's "Ghost Hunters."
This week, you can have a cocktail while communing with ghosts as part of a "Spirits with the Spirits" event, set for 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the theater, 15 E. Van Buren St.
Tickets are $15 each, and a maximum of 45 will be sold. The event will include a cash bar, and cameras are welcome.
To buy tickets, call 815-726-6600.
Public, private investigationsFor more than a year, the haunted venue has also offered private paranormal investigations. Groups of up to 10 people can pay $400 for four hours to conduct their own investigation of the theater accompanied by a Rialto representative. Tours can be booked by calling Trish Stoner at 815-726-7171, ext. 210. Groups must provide proof of liability insurance at the time of booking.
For those who aren't part of a paranormal investigation group but would like to try out ghost hunting at the theater, public investigations are also slated for 6 to 11 p.m. on Feb. 26 and March 28.
The tours are led by experienced paranormal investigators and cost $50 per person. For tickets call the box office at 815-726-6600.
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