Ramsdell Theatre

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James Earl Jones gave his first performance of Othello at the historic and haunted Ramsdell Theatre, built for T.J. Ramsdell in 1903. Mr. Ramsdell’s ghost and that of an unknown woman have both been spotted in the building. Electrical anomalies have been reported here as well, specifically lights that come back on after they’ve been turned off for the night.

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101 Maple St
Manistee, MI 49660
United States

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44.2457085450917, -86.32347289933625
Manistee County, Michigan
Nearest Towns:
Manistee, MI (0.1 mi.)
East Lake, MI (1.4 mi.)
Oak Hill, MI (1.8 mi.)
Parkdale, MI (1.8 mi.)
Filer City, MI (2.8 mi.)
Stronach, MI (3.3 mi.)
Onekama, MI (10.0 mi.)
Free Soil, MI (10.9 mi.)
Bear Lake, MI (14.9 mi.)
Fountain, MI (15.5 mi.)

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  1. I’ve stayed the night here. I have seen the ghost. He he wearing a top hat and a black outfit. I did not get to see the woman in the box office however which made me sad. It’s haunted for sure.

  2. Me and my friend were exploring the dance room upstairs and my friend went through some door and then the elevator that’s in the dance room opened on its own and I got really warm and later when my friend came back down, he wasn’t looking out the window and he said that he got really hot. Then when we were leaving he asked me if some picture in there’s face was messed up or if it was just him and I didn’t see anything so it was scary and we left

  3. I went here in third grade on a class trip. Our class was getting a tour, and someone brought up it being haunted, while we were on the first floor. The person who was guiding us around said that they sometimes have chairs and things move around, or see people in the windows when there is no one there. Sure enough, while we were on the second floor, there were like 10 of us who saw a shadowy figure walk past the window, even though we were a level higher than the street.

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