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The Capitol Theatre opened March 21, 1921. Royalty Theater Company signed leases with the Taylor family in February 1981 when it then became known as the Royalty Theater. During the renovations, Bill Neville’s murdered body was found in the balcony.

The theatre remained in the Taylor family estate until it was sold in 1996. In July 2008 the building went into foreclosure. In January 2009, the City of Clearwater and Ruth Eckerd Hall joined forces to purchase the theater (renamed Capitol Theater) as well as the neighboring Pat Lokey building. They plan to renovate and revitalize the historic Capitol Theater.

When it comes to the paranormal, there are three major claims for this location:

– An old man with a goatee, known as “The Captain”, stalks the hallways in a blue coat and fisherman’s hat
– A ghost named “Bill” who supposedly was killed in the balcony by tourists
– A young girl around 10 years of age who playfully watches over the theatre

Orbs have been captured on film, alarms go off unexpectedly, and the chandelier will often start swinging for no discernable reason.

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Geographic Information

405 Cleveland St
Clearwater, FL 33755
United States

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27.965531248591418, -82.80093983261031
Pinellas County, Florida
Nearest Towns:
Clearwater, FL (0.1 mi.)
Belleair, FL (2.1 mi.)
Belleair Bluffs, FL (3.2 mi.)
Belleair Beach, FL (3.9 mi.)
Largo, FL (4.0 mi.)
Dunedin, FL (4.1 mi.)
Harbor Bluffs, FL (4.2 mi.)
Belleair Shore, FL (4.3 mi.)
Ridgecrest, FL (4.7 mi.)
South Highpoint, FL (6.3 mi.)


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  1. Ruth used to work the box office. At the end of the night the box office cashier placed the money in a blue bank bag. Walk down the west aisle with the blue bag to the exit to the right (facing the screen) that had a curtain. The manager’s office was there. Ruth was a very prompt and precise lady. 10:10 PM was her normal time walking down the aisle. If you saw her at 10:15 PM that meant she had a busy box office. The uniform was a blue smock. Many people will see her walk down the aisle years after her death.

    • I’m actually talking with a few friends but once I get a couple of my available crew together, I have to email EBlankenship to discuss us stopping into the building at night to do our own personal investigation.

      We’d definitely be respectful about what happens. We’re very good folks, as is Ruth Eckerd Hall.

  2. Just had a live experience in AA box seats. The wall panel just strangely popped off the wall out of its metal clamps and hit one of us in the head. It exposed graffity behind it written “F. U.” in very old adhesive. We all felt there was someone up there with us. I never knew the theatre was supposed to be haunted until I just looked it up today.

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