The Cuban Club
Ybor City, Florida
The Cuban Club (Ghost Hunters) - El Circulo Cubano de Tampa (also known as the Cuban Club) is a historic site in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida. It is located at Palm Avenue and 14th Street. On November 15th, 1972, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
For this investigation, TAPS heads south to Florida to
examine the mysterious occurrences at the historic Cuban Club in Ybor
City. The club was originally built in 1917 following Cuban immigration
into the United States.
The space was intended to be a "Circulo Cubano",
"Circle of Cubans" and since its inception, it has served
as the hub of Cuban social life.
Back in the 1920s an actor committed
suicide on the stage of the theater. And during that same time period,
one of the board of directors shot another board member in the face,
after a heated argument.
Since then, the spirits of both the restless
actor and betrayed board member are still rumored to haunt the club. To
date, spectators have also reported seeing a woman in a white dress and
red high heel shoes walking up the staircase in the main hallway. And on
the ground level, people say they saw a little boy, playing with a ball
in the area where a pool used to be.
Amy and Kris begin the
investigation by surveying the ballroom. Kris is quick to provoke the
spirit in order to get a reaction, but Amy is a bit apprehensive about
doing this, because she doesn't like to make paranormals feel
Yet despite Kris's provoking, neither of the hunters is
able to get a response from the paranormal. Later on, Jason and Grant
investigate the same area. Using the EMF detector Grant noticed
extremely high readings on one side of the ballroom. And upon further
investigation he noticed that there are large power lines outside of the
ballroom, which are causing the high EMF readings.
Both he and Jason
deduced that the high electromagnetic fields are making people
hypersensitive, which subsequently lead to hallucinations that may
convincing them that they they've seen an apparition.
The Ghost Hunters heard tales of suicidal actors, angry board meetings that ended incredibly badly, ladies in long white dresses with red high heel shoes, little ghost boys playing with balls and of course the obligatory ghostly footsteps.
ground level of the club, Steve and Dave don't have much luck during
their EVP session, although they even try speaking to the paranormal in
Spanish. Yet when Britt and Grant investigate the area later on, they
had amazing results.
As the investigation got underway some of the non-visual phenomena did seem to be confirmed when Kris and Amy began hearing sounds like footsteps coming from the dance floor in the ballroom.
At one point there was a particularly loud noise but no explanation was found.
Since the paranormal is allegedly a child, Grant
assumed that it would want to play. He took his flashlight and unscrewed
it so that if it were touched, the light would come on easily.
the flashlight in the middle of the floor near them, Britt and Grant ask
the ghost a series of questions and with each question; they are
answered by the paranormal who turns the flashlight on and off. They
found that the spirit is in fact a small boy who often plays in the
While they were able to rule out supernatural
activity in the ballroom, they did find that there might be truth to the
legend of the woman in high heels. During their investigation, an
unmonitored digital recorder picked up loud footsteps coming from the
left staircase yet the cameras didn't pick up any figures walking in
Paring that finding with the shocking encounter Britt and
Grant had with the boy in the basement, TAPS concluded that the Cuban
Club is in fact haunted.