Grand Opera House

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Built in 1883, the Victorian Grand Opera House is still in operation and has a few haunts in residence. One is believed to be Percy Keene, a longtime employee here (from 1895 to 1967). He has shown up as a smiling ghost wearing shiny round glasses. Mysterious footsteps have been heard around the building, and apparitions have turned up in theater seats right next to living theatergoers. A ghost dog is said to call the place home as well.

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    Geographic Information

    Address:
    100 High Ave
    Oshkosh, WI 54901
    United States

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    GPS:
    44.0174353, -88.53899849999999
    County:
    Winnebago County, Wisconsin
    Nearest Towns:
    Oshkosh, WI (0.5 mi.)
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    Van Dyne, WI (9.1 mi.)
    Omro, WI (10.3 mi.)
    Winneconne, WI (10.8 mi.)
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    Neenah, WI (12.2 mi.)
    Stockbridge, WI (12.5 mi.)
    Menasha, WI (13.6 mi.)
    Winchester, WI (14.0 mi.)

    Contact Information

    Web:
    http://grandoperahouse.org/

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    1. Michelle Gauthier  |  

      When I was in high school in 1995 -1998 I performed at the Grand Opera House in school musicals for 3 yrs and during one year while there for a rehearsal, me and some other students where in the lower seats while others where in the basement area with our music teacher. About 5 of us saw a man with a dog, both see through forms, walk across the stage from left to right. He was wearing a hat but I can’t remember what type. All of us look twice, then to each other, then back to the stage. They were gone. And silently but quickly we ran to the basement.

    2. I was part of a team investigation at the Grand back in 2007. We had been invited in by the Grand as part of a radio promotion being done there on Halloween morning, so we came in at around 4:30AM and went until 9AM, when the radio broadcast started. Some investigators thought they saw an unexplained mist in the auditorium at one point, while I experienced what seemed to be extra footsteps echoing mine as I descended to the balcony. Among our recordings was that of a dog barking, which matches the stories of a ghost dog being present. You can hear this dog barking–it sounds just like my pomeranian. http://www.sillybirds.com/ghostfiles/Grand/anns_files/track01.mp3

      I also recorded the voice of what seemed to a boy in the balcony, asking us a question. You can actually hear this voice at about 9 seconds into this recording. http://www.sillybirds.com/ghostfiles/Grand/oly_ws10002_59min20sec.mp3

      One of our investigators also recorded a woman singing when no one present was singing either in the dressing rooms or in the auditorium/balcony. Despite the reactions of investigators, they did not hear this voice at the time. http://www.sillybirds.com/ghostfiles/Grand/anns_files/track04.mp3

      Overall, I believe the ghosts of the Grand to be pretty friendly and would love to go back there some day to investigate again.

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