Capitol Plaza Theatre

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The ghost of John Welch and his daughter Molly are said to haunt the theater. Welch was the owner of a mansion that stood on the property in the 1830s to 1860s, before it was torn down to build the theater. Molly died of pneumonia at age 8, and her apparition has been seen in the balcony watching performances from the front row.

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123 Summers St.
Charleston, West Virginia
United States

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38.3503768, -81.6360843
Kanawha County, West Virginia
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  1. My father told me he used to clean there, at night when everyone left. No one else would go in there, so it was just him and his co worker. He said there were pictures on the that would change places, when he would put the seats down and come back half of them would be lifted up. He also said that one of the floors you could hear water dripping, banging, people speaking, and much more. I’m pretty sure it’s the place he was talking about, this is the only thing I could find about it.

  2. Kenneth J. Stewart  |  

    I have acted here with Anne of Green Gables and while I was waiting for a cue to go on as Moody Phillips. I got chill bumps which I normally get when I feel, see or smell something supernatural is about to happen. So I was waiting and then something was moving the curtains then I stepped forward a half pace and a man appeared first his face then his body. He was measuring where the stage was at and we did communicate like normal people. He got done and then disappeared in front of my eyes.

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