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Submitted by Brian

       Categories: auditorium, alley, shop, theater, store

This happened in Virginia MN in 1965. When I was young we lived in Finn Town. There were a number of abandoned homes and two-story buildings in our neighborhood. I had a friend name Andy who lived in the apartment on the main level of an abandoned building down the street from where I lived. I always thought the building he lived in was totally abandoned. We would sneak up a plank over the rotted staircase up into the large looking ballroom with an organ. There were also numbered rooms throughout the building we would explore.

I did not realize it at the time; however, years later Andy never came outside to play. He always seemed to hang around in the apartment building. Often he would meet me in the hallway entrance just inside the main door. One day I stopped by his apartment to see if he wanted to play. I noticed the apartment door slightly open. I pushed it open to find nothing but an empty room and junk piled to the ceiling. I never went back. Years later they demolished the building and now is an empty lot just half a block down from Kaleva Hall across the alley. Submitted by Brian.
    Submitted by Brian

       Categories: alley, abandoned_building, building, apartment

As a child I lived in Virginia and always had a fascination for abandon buildings downtown, one of them being the old State Theater, originally known as the Lyrics, built in 1912. In the early years famous acts like W. C. Fields and May West did live theater there and around 1939 Paramount purchased for motion pictures. In July of this year while visiting my brother, we talked about the Lyrics. To my surprise he called Pete, and we were invited for a private tour.

The theater closed for years shown its age. The walls are water damaged, and all the chairs are gone. During our tour I told Pete I was videotaping our tour. I asked Pete if he has had any ghostly experiences, and he said yes, a number of people have. We started our tour downstairs, main stage, and worked our way to the stairs that led to the balcony. We walked to a door on the opposite side, which led to a large room with a basket ball court, which was once operated by the YMCA. Through the double doors was the theater manager's apartment and another door that went to the old VFW bar, which closed their doors early 80s.

After the tour, we returned back to my brother house. I reviewed the tape, and I was shocked. I picked up 4 EVP's and 1 ghost figure walking from a closet in the bar, across from Men's restroom. I picked up an EVP answering my questions, ''Yes'' next to closet. The second EVP, finished Pete's question before he finished it, ''Yes it's just perfect. '' Pete had pulled himself up the bar, and said this was made for me. The third EVP said ''I am sorry,'' which sounds like a child in the room next to the bar, and the fourth said ''Please help me'' in the balcony that sounds like a woman. After a little more research on the Lyric, the McGarry Hotel built 1994 once stood in its location. However, it burned down in the 1900 Virginia fire. I plan on returning soon to the Lyric and share my video with Pete.

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