Congress Theater (Ghost Hunters) - The team returns to Chicago to investigate the historic
Congress Theater. Since it was established in 1925, infamous acts like
Prince and Billy Idol have graced the stage. Yet recently, the most
popular shows appear to be the ones that go on behind the scenes when
the paranormals come out to play.
After taking a tour of the hot
spots with the building's manager, TAPS gets down to business. Jason and
Grant begin by doing a general sweep of the main floor and stage area.
They soon notice that someone in the balcony is watching them. Both
investigators pursue the figure, yet when they reach the second floor,
it's completely empty.
|Meanwhile Kris Williams and guest hunter
Kristyn Gartland investigate the basement area that once served as a
meeting place for the mob. Unfortunately Al Capone was nowhere in site.
Both Kris and Kristyn notice that the room is moldy, creepy and eerie.
They believe that people are most likely more frightened by the way the
area looks rather than by what's actually there.
Later on, Dave
and Steve survey the third floor catwalk. And just as Dave is about to
walk on the rickety cross walk, he feels someone tap him on his
shoulder, but it's not Steve. Divine intervention?
Either way, this
definitely gets filed under "Creepy Things that Happened at the Congress
Theater". In the projection room, guest hunter Bitt Griffith and Amy
investigate the claims made about the figure of a man walking through a
The EMF readings are fairly low, which rules out the
occurrence of high electromagnetic fields. But the loud thud they hear
in the theater area can't be explained away. Britt takes off in hot
pursuit of whatever's making the noise but before he can catch up to it,
calm is restored and the noise ceases.
For the remainder of the
night the entire team continues to have their turns at thoroughly
investigating the basement, third floor dressing room and stage. In
addition to loud thuds and other things that go bump in the night the
team also recorded some tangible evidence on some of their devices.
analyzing the final evidence they notice that a voice was recorded in
the basement while Britt and Amy invested. It seems that after Amy asked
if the entity worked at the Theater, the voice responded, "No." The
team also picked up something that produced a steady heat signature near
the balcony of the main stage.
With tangible evidence and a slew
of personal experiences, Jason and Grant bump fists and confirm that
there is paranormal activity occurring at the Congress Theater.
The Congress Theater in Chicago, built by Fridstein and Company in 1926
for the movie theater chain of Bubliner and Trinz, is a surviving
example of a movie palace.