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Real Haunted House

AMC Hampton Theatres

Rochester Hills, Michigan

Three theatres were built in 1971, and in 1979 a fourth one was added. During the process of building, a worker was killed. Soon after construction was completed, many strange happenings were witnessed on the premises. Seats in the front row have rocked on their own, garbage cans rolled up the aisle, cans knocked over by themselves, lights flicker on their own, toilets have randomly flushed, and many others. These strange events have been witnessed by numerous patrons and employees. Over time, the employees nicknamed the ghost “Johnny”. The theatres closed on January 17, 1999 due to a lease expiration. In March of 1999, a group of former employees visited theatre four, said, “Hi.” to Johnny, and the lights mysteriously turned on.

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dude says:

October 17, 2005, 9:41 am

is this place still closed and if so how do u get there

Mel says:

December 7, 2005, 9:49 pm

The building has been torn down for some years now; Bed Bath & Beyond now stands in its place.

git-r-done says:

December 23, 2005, 5:06 pm

I wonder if the bed bath and beyond that now stands there is haunted???

sara mitchell says:

February 21, 2006, 6:47 pm

ilove going to the movies and anything that will make it scarier is cool by me

priya says:

March 5, 2006, 12:48 pm

yh i knw about that also there waz that film wen first Exorcist sum fing about the film waz cursed and many ppl died watching it n wen ma sis waz 17 she knew a old m8 of her’s that watched it but is now to scared to go pass the theaters (scary n weird)

babee_s0_fabulous says:

March 18, 2006, 9:18 am

this story is scary!

Cassandra says:

April 19, 2006, 1:07 pm

If we’re talking about the Hampton Theatre that was off Rochester Rd. in Rochester Hills, I’ve been there tons of times…
Not to contradict anything said above, but I never expirienced anything unusual there.
PS: This is what is known as that “correct grammer, capitalization and punctuation”. Some people don’t seem to know the difference btwn this and “yh i knw about that also there waz that film wen first Exorcist sum fing about the film waz cursed and many ppl died watching it n wen ma sis waz…” and so on.

Big Bill says:

April 26, 2006, 6:05 pm


How about you and I find a cozy corner in the Hampton Theatre?

somebodyiswhatching says:

April 27, 2006, 10:11 am

this object that is be witen is velly suspishus and you shod it somebody to look at it

Stephanie says:

May 13, 2006, 5:37 pm


Carol says:

June 5, 2006, 10:24 pm

I practically lived at that theatre growing up, in was inside the Winchester Mall. Unfortunately I had never experienced anything out of the blue.

Big Bill says:

June 6, 2006, 4:14 am


What do you mean by ‘unfortunately’? Would a hatchet in your skull have been nice?


June 27, 2006, 11:26 pm

I believe that you are hurting peoples feelings. Some people believe in many things and you don’t know who your’re insulting. So if you don’t have an opionion or comment don’t post it here

cassie says:

July 18, 2006, 8:49 am

Hey ppl,
well i think this is soo scary because my last name is hampton and my uncles name is johnny!!!
even my mum thinks its scary and me dad, well he thinks its spooky.
p.s i think is so interesting!

Audrey says:

July 20, 2006, 10:19 am

my mom is a waitress here in kalamazoo and the place she worked at was called mermaid lounge and it used 2
Be a apple cider farm the people got sick died even babies! every time they closed up 4
the night something wierd would happen like alchoholic
drinks crashing on the floor or hearing someone cry
but they recently knocked it down and have a place called deja vu or something of what.

Nancy says:

August 3, 2006, 2:28 am

Hey Carol, the theatres were NOT in the Winchester Mall. Winchester Mall was further on down Rochester Road., Dummy!

angel says:

August 9, 2006, 10:56 am


Steve says:

August 25, 2006, 2:59 pm

I worked at the theatres for along time later 80’s – 1996. There were certainly strang occurances. Lights going on and off by themselves. Faces in the projection booth when no one was around. ‘Johnny’ had his own seat up front in theatre #4 with a different colored base, it would occasionally rock on it’s own. One time, cleaning crew told us about gathering up dropped coins in the theatre, and dropping it all at the top of the aisle, then walking down front, hearing the whoosing of wind and upon checking the coins, they were all face up in a straight line.

POO says:

August 31, 2006, 3:46 pm


Breezy says:

September 9, 2006, 9:14 pm

ok this story isn’t scary and it kinda dumb if u think bout it!!!

Ally says:

September 14, 2006, 10:30 am

Um yeah. The old dollar theater? LOL What a joke.

lauren says:

October 13, 2006, 10:51 am

Um the Hampton theater isnt torn down i just passed by it the other day. yea the windows are all boarded up but i am sure you can still get into that place.

sweetie says:

October 13, 2006, 6:13 pm

hey nancy how you doing? well you need to shut up ok! maybe some people dont know as much as you do or you dont know anything ok ok. this story freacks me out!
luv sweetie

Danielle says:

October 17, 2006, 5:22 pm

Ok ya i seroiusly dont belive it! i mean ya since someone said that they worked there and told about THEIR story but it is realy like how you say DUMB in a way and the only way u will het me to belive it is when i go there and experience it for myself….. but since it has been torn down and somthing is now in its place you will have to find some NEW evidence JEEZ! get it right**

Samantha D says:

December 22, 2006, 12:46 pm

Well those ghost stories were kind of creepy.
How did you find them all?

Samantha D says:

December 22, 2006, 12:47 pm

Well those ghost stories were kind of creepy.
when did you get them?

Cobie says:

January 2, 2007, 4:53 pm

Everyone is so hostile here! If you are skepitcal about this kind of thing, then why are you even here? And we don’t need to call people dummies.

pinky says:

January 15, 2007, 3:52 pm

Hay people cant u agree on somthing that is why I cant bleive anything that u say I have 2 c it for myself.IS IT TRUE OR NOT????

rida says:

January 29, 2007, 11:56 pm

Well I have been there and let me tell you…. I was soo surprised.

If you weere a lucky person, like me, then you will probably find a ghost right next to you drinking a diet cok e

DUDES IT WAS ****** SCARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ed says:

September 20, 2007, 9:47 am

I was a teenager when all this was going on at the Hampton Theatre. My friend bryan worked there and told me about other people seeing stuff. The only thing he saw was one night closing the Hampton he and one other person turned out the lights and locked the door. When walking out to the parking lot the light cme back on. They both turned them out again, but in the morning they were on again.
I ask the people at the Bed Bath & Beyond about anything happening and I’ve been told that at night the store give people the creeps at close.

lyndsey says:

October 2, 2007, 7:31 pm

ok listen people i have lived in rochester hills my whole life and its been a long 11years but i have been to that complex pretty much a million times. Nothing weird has ever happens there that I know if you also live in Rochester hills don’t be freaked out whenever u go there. I am saying there is no ghost there but I know for sure my neighborhood is haunted in some areas.

lyndsey says:

October 2, 2007, 7:40 pm

ok its me again and I told you my neighborhood was haunted so I will tell you a story.I am typing this on a iPod touch so it is hard for it to be perfect. So one time my friend and I were in my neighborhood woods and we heard people yelling and screaming. So my friend did the stupidest thing and screamed out,”hello!”as load as she could and we heardthem say,”there they are,get em!” so we rsn out of there as fast as we could.we were thinking they were people but we heard there foot steps and yelling right next to us and yet no one was there. Once we got out of there we hopped on our bikes and drove them as fast as possible even though we were so tired to my house. It was so freaky!

jim says:

October 9, 2007, 10:52 am

I was at the theater a number of times over several years and noticed nothing unusual. The building was torn apart and redone for BBB; a friend worked there until last year but he said nothing of any weirdness. A manager there who I know slightly hasn’t told of anything I’ve heard, as well. It operated as a theater for perhaps 20-25 years. It’s possible that the only fright in that place was was during the time when they were showing horror movies.

cristina says:

October 10, 2007, 7:53 pm

Awesome,well i hope i get to investigate were I live there is a house it’s by some woods and there are haunted i think my house is too.

angie says:

October 14, 2007, 10:17 pm

hey i have been in michigan a cuple of years were eaxctly is this place?

Mari says:

October 18, 2007, 1:11 pm

Ive been to that theature a few times, and i have seen some scary stuff.
Its been gone for a while tho, and BBB has never said anything about strange stuff happening.


Alexa Rose Matin says:

October 23, 2007, 6:27 pm

I think that it’s kool because I love scary stories
especially if they are true!

Peace Out,

MJ says:

October 25, 2007, 12:05 pm

wow, I don’t understand the reason for the harsh words on here when people are talking about their experiences. I used to go to that theater at least once a week, and even when I was a kid going there years before it closed, you always kind of got that weird vibe from there. My grandpa swears up and down that he sat next to “Johnny” once and he knocked over my grandpa’s popcorn. I wasn’t there for that, but he’s not the kind of person who would make that kind of thing up. Rochester and Rochester Hills in general is a pretty spooky town, a lot of crazy things have happened here and if I can recommend 2 places that you that haven’t been changed, they would be underneath the down town Rochester bridge and the Mt. Avon Cemetery (if after dark though, be prepared to be asked to leave by the police if found)

Carl says:

October 26, 2007, 7:59 am

For those who complain about “the employees are the only one who have seen it,”; how else do you expect the word to get around?

Rob says:

October 26, 2007, 11:11 am

AMC Hampton Theatres?…they can’t mean the ones that are behind Best Buy. There’s no way that they have been there since 1971.

What was/is the location of the theaters that they are talking about?

The only thing that I can think of would be the theaters at Winchester Mall.

Brian says:

October 28, 2007, 8:57 pm

I believe the AMC Hampton Theatre is the $1 theater that would show old movies at the corner of Hamlin and Rochester Rd.,+Rochester,+Oakland,+Michigan+48307,+United+States&sll=42.651219,-83.130643&sspn=0.00286,0.006362&layer=t&ie=UTF8&ll=42.650295,-83.132386&spn=0.005721,0.012724&t=h&z=17&iwloc=A&om=1

I remember going there a few times as a kid, but it was so long ago that I don’t remember anything.

Dennis Hiegel says:

November 22, 2007, 11:06 pm

I remember being there back in the day when it was still a theatre. I don’t remember hearing that it was haunted.I’ve been living here in Utica for 30 years. although I do believe that the spirt lives forever but why would it remain here when there’s a better place. It does however makes one wonder want really is after death???? DENNIS

steven hazel says:

February 12, 2008, 10:08 am

This story is NOT REAL ive been here it is not even haunted.


macomb county paranormal society says:

June 3, 2008, 6:24 am

Having lived in michigan now for 20 years I remember that theater. I’ve been to it, I’ve also been to that BBB now that it’s placed there.
Here’s what you may not understand about paranormal activity. First off I would like to explain what the word paranormal means. “Para” means beyond, and normal… Well it should explain itself. So beyond normal.. A ghost is defined as some kind of paranormal activity that appears to exist outside of a physical form. We may experience them with a scent, a noise, a touch. At one time there was something in this world that was unknown to people. People once thought lightning was paranormal, and a jet going through the sky was paranormal. Until we can get a full scientfic grasp to the unknown, it’s foreign to us and at which point people jump up and panic. It’s normal, we’re human.
Many of people’s experiences may seem subjective and completely out there I understand having lived in or near places that had paranormal activity as a child I have been told I was a little nuts too. HOwever the experiences people have, we can’t rule them out completely. I have seen all to often that a light has gone out and behold it was a faulty wire connection. I have been to places and my cell hone has completely gone dead. The battery was dead. It was fully charged and now nothng. Why? Was it something paranormal or did my phone just have a mind of it’s own? Over the years my experiences have been that when something paranormal was trying to manifest itself it will draw energy from any source that is available to them. It may also give a reaction of a cold spot in the area. So the next time you walk through BBB and something paranormal happens and you walk through a cold spot or perhaps your sell phone magically dies on you. Look around for an air conditioned vent near you, try to turn on your phone or politely say hello to Johnny, maybe he’ll give you the courtesy and say hello back.

dreamchaser says:

July 6, 2008, 1:08 am

To MC Paranormal Society – How nice of you to explain to us the illogic that haunts our minds. It’s not the theater why I write. It’s definitely not the dead cell phone battery; too obvious. It’s the confidence in your writing. The paranormal is only what’s beyond the scope of our understanding, once we understand it, it’s normal. It’s not what you explained that astonishes me. “Amazement” is those who understands what you wrote and continues to push curiosity beyond the scope of vision, so that one day society will see lightning or a plane in the sky, and not even think twice about it.

Keeni says:

August 2, 2008, 1:01 pm

Macomb County Paranormal Society? Uh-huh.

Anyway, this story is actually true. I was never an employee at the Hampton. I worked at the Sterling (Hall Rd & Schoenherr), now also closed, and of course, I knew kids who worked at the Hampton. A few of them transferred to our theater when theirs closed down, and I never believed their stories about “Johnny.” I figured they just liked having something to talk about, something in common now that they were working in a new environment with crews that had already been together a while.

I changed my mind when our manager asked me to go pick up a couple boxes of stock that hadn’t been cleared out yet. The place didn’t look haunted, that’s for sure. Just pathetic. And it wasn’t a particularly spooky time, being broad daylight, before our first showing was scheduled.

I wasn’t scared to go in by myself, but for safety’s sake, I did lock the door behind me when I went in. I found the boxes I needed and then started rummaging through a few others, looking for any cool leftover posters or promo items. Then I felt something. There wasn’t much weight to it, and definitely no warmth, but I knew what it was. A quick glance down, and it was confirmed, there was a hand resting on my shoulder. I knocked it off and wheeled around, thinking it was one or more of my co-workers, who always considered themselves master pranksters, but no one was there. The door was still locked. I checked every available space I could access, hoping I would catch them in their stupid joke, but I was most definitely alone in that building. Well, almost alone.

I don’t know for sure who or what was at the Hampton with me that day, but I know it wasn’t my prankster friends, and I know it wasn’t my imagination. Personally, I believe that “the unexplained” is explained merely by its existence. I don’t think that something needs to be fully understood or experienced by the majority of the general public in order to be real.

Sam says:

September 30, 2008, 7:08 pm

This is kind-of like Keeni’s reply.This happened to me about a week or so back.
I was staying the night at my cuz’s house and she was sleeping.I had just got done watching Chris Angel.I was tried and I had to go to bed for school.I laid down,covered up,and closed my eyes.After about five or less minutes I heard someone behind my head saying quietly,”Shhhh they’re sleeping.Shhhh they’re sleeping.”The voice said that at lest two more times.Everyone,but me,was asleep in the house and nobody walked down stairs.When I got up to pick up my cuz,she is 5,nobody was there.
If you want to hear anymore of my ‘tails’e-mail me at no spam or hate mail.Thanks.

jayster says:

October 6, 2008, 12:34 am

I remember when the hampton theatre was part of the ferry morse seed farm,4 square miles from hamlin auburn rd.john r.rd to rochester rd.I never heard of a worker dying there let alone his ghost.If you want someplace creepy check out dunns tomb north of rochester on rochester rd or the glowing headstone near hayes and 19 mile in sterling hgts or the monastary near pontiac. Anyway those were our haunted place’s back then.1961 is when i moved to rochester hills,so i’m real famillar with the area.

Colie says:

October 14, 2008, 12:37 pm

This is NOT the theater behind Best Buy at Auburn and Rochester Rd. I work there currently and we are still up and running and there are no “hauntings” of any sort. This is a creepy story though.

me says:

November 17, 2008, 6:40 pm

i don’t live in Kalamazoo, but I love ghost stories, and I’ve never heard any of theses. But I have witnessed something that was one of the creepiest times of my life. it was the week before Halloween, and i was at a friends place for a party. we decided to take a tour of her house. the basement was dark, and there was about 10 of us. we decided not to turn on the lights, and when we walked into the dark I could see the outline of tools. i was half way down the stairs when the of the line( and also the host of the party) started screaming. and even from my view i could see something around her neck. it kind of looked like hands or a rope.i raced up the stairs and turned on the lights. the thing that was holding my friends neck was gone, and we searched the whole basement for whatever the thing was or something funny. my friend was ok, just really scared. then when we ran done to the party(she lived on a steep hill and the party was in her barn) the light turned off all by its self. and to make matters worse, the door to the barn wouldn’t open. we pounded an the door and were finally let inside. it was FREAKY!! this is a true story, and i have over 10 witnesses for when we were in the bassement, over 12 when we were pounding on the door outside, and over 30 when we were breathless and we were screaming in side the party. so i don’t care what you say. but write what you think. i have other really life stories too, just comment when you went them on.

in wonderland says:

December 6, 2008, 3:32 pm

did this happen in real life

Laya285 says:

March 14, 2009, 12:43 pm

Midland Cinimas (idk bout spelling) is not haunted. this place is. ive been here too. i felt out of place. i herd someone in the bathroom, the grls bathroom. it sounded like a guy. me and my family went in there to tell himt o get loss, but no1 was there. we all told the clerk and they said the theater was haunted. we watched out movie and left as soon as possible

me says:

March 21, 2009, 9:19 am

the thuter is now gone but my sis and here friend were worning me that a figur was behind me

JimL3222 says:

April 28, 2009, 2:07 pm

The theater in question was part of Hampton Mall, southeast corner of Hamlin and Rochester Roads. Name came from the adjacent apparetment and townhouse development behind it known as Hampton Village. (Winchester Mall was a mile north on Rochester at Avon Road, but it had a theater as well.) Both have undergone major reconstruction.

I first attended shows at that theater in 1981 or 1982. The strip mall and theater seemed kind of old and beat up even then. I never noticed anything strange.

I moved into the adjacent neighborhood in 1990 and by then the mall was really beat. There was a ACE Hardware, a gourmet market called Papa Joes, an Italian restaurant and a number of other shops near the theater. I got to know the merchants. All complained of the upkeep of the mall and the lack or repairs to the roof, A/C systems, electrical systems, etc. That may explain the flickering lights. Papa Joes took some serious hits because of failures of electrical power and the air conditioners/chillers needed in their market. I can recall several times when they had to throw out a lot of the meats and seafood due to the poor maintnance and response of the landlords.

The Hampton theater was running second-run and dollar movies at that point. I do recall that they closed two of the four theaters for a few years before ultimately closing up entirely. The two that closed included the one built after they took over an adjacent store space (#4).

The landlord apparently wanted to do a major renovation for years. The theaters closed after some mergers by the big movie companies and the new Star Theaters were built in the nearby Target shopping center. There was a Perry Drug Store next to Papa Joes at the north end of the mall that kept pressing the landlord to push Papa Joes out and let them have the end store so they could enlarge and have a drive through service. Papa Joes was offered the space where the theaters were, but was so disgusted with the landlord at that point they started looking for land to build. When their lease came up the owners were shocked to hear that theiy were not going to get a renewal. The landlord was going to do a huge renovation, and a Toys R Us would be the new anchor store. They essentailly gave Papa Joes and the other tennants only a few months to vaccate. Papa Joes built their own store north of Rochester. The mall was torn down one half at a time, the theater being raised first. It is now a Bed Bath and Beyond. Toys R Us never came in. The middle stood idle for some time. A california-based orgaanic food market opened then closed 6 months later. That space has since been idled. CVS opened in the new space replacing Papa Joes on the end.

Joe says:

May 13, 2009, 1:24 pm

This is too stupid. Leave this site and get a life people.

JimL3222 says:

May 13, 2009, 2:17 pm

Joe – sorry you think this is too stupid. One guy’s opinion. Try another post. For the rest of us…

Since I still live in the area I went over to Bed, Bath and Beyond. I first asked the manager at the front. He looked a but surprised and then said he had heard stories over the years but that’s all they were. No ghosts in the store. I then walked to the back ofthe store where a worker was stocking some tablecloths. She said that she had worked at the store since soon after it opened there. Yes – strange stuff occured. The strange stuff always was reported in the stock area back room and the area of the store towards the very south end of the building. Nothing apparently was ever reported in the north end by the kitchen stuff. I asked what had happened. She described workers stocking boxes vertically, like soldiers, onto multiple shelves. they would walk away only to hear a shuffling noise. When they looked back the items were re-arranged laying flat, now one on top of the other, allighned, on the various shelves. Some items would fly off shelves from time to time a distance that would not account for them simply falling off. Workers said that they heard a voice in the stock room after closing time or before opening when they were the only person working in the room.

The person I spoke to reported that she was working stock before opening along with the manager. She was in the stock room and heard items moving about on a shelf opposite where she was working, as if a coworker was also there. She came around the shelf to see who else was also working in the stock room. there was no one there. She then called the only other employee within the locked store – the manager – on her radio. He was in his office still at the front of the store.

The employees know of Johnny, but management denies it when asked.

Bobo says:

August 8, 2009, 8:44 pm

Joe, why are YOU here if you think this is stupid? You must have some belief somewhere or you would ignore this site.

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Chris says:

December 28, 2009, 1:21 pm

I recently moved behind Bed Bath and Beyond where the old movie theatre used to be with my daughter. We have been hearing multiple things going on in our townhouse….(footsteps, banging, and something kicked our bed one evening) Yes my daughter sleeps next to me…she is too scared to sleep alone, and we can’t afford to move. I came accross this website to see if there were any stories of hauntings or strange stuff going on in the area. I did notice on the north side of Hamlin road there is a grave yard as well. If anyone living in these townhouses has experienced similar things happening could you please reply and let us know we are not crazy? Thanks.

JimL3222 says:

January 1, 2010, 9:47 pm

Chris, I have not heard of any problems within the various Hampton Village Apartment and Townhouses themselves. It is obviouly that the complex has been around for quite a while – these are far from “new”. Although they charge market rates the management company does not do the best of jobs keeping up with the maintenace. They were also built to 1970’s building standards. My girlfriend lives in one of the townhouses, and I’ve spent a fair amount of time in her place. Her townhouse has its share of creaks and other associated building noises. The insulation between her place and the units next door is not the best, so we can occasionally hear sounds from next door. She has not reported anything like her unit being haunted. no clue how many peopl have been renting your unit over the years – there may have been something that happened there? You didn’t mention your daughter’s age….. I am not trying to minimize what’s happening in your townhouse. We all have from time to time those nerve or muscle releases just as we are going to sleep, which can cause a “bounce” to occur and the bed to move slightly. That could be the “bed kick” you spoke about. If you’ve previously lived in a detached house and now live in an apartment the sounds of others in nearby units or in the parling lots can be tough on a youngster. If your daughter is very young (an age where monsters are in her closet or under her bed) you might try what I did for my kids. Go to the store and buy an empty spray bottle, fill it with water, and label it with something appropriate “Monster Away” or whatever. Squirt water mist under her bed and in the closet, and loudly proclaim that this stuff is guaranteed to work by experts. My kids slept soundly after that! (Go to the dollar store or Meijers for the squirt bottle, just not BB&B!!!! LOL) Yes, there is a cemetary down Hamlin Road. Bordines Nursery is across the street, and beyond that but before the cemetary is one of the original homes and some small migrant farmer houses for the seed nursery that once was there.

Detroit Area Paranormal Society says:

January 4, 2010, 9:39 pm

Chris….I have heard a few stories from ur neck of the woods. If u would like our team to come out & do an investigation just email us at We will b more than happy to assist u free of charge.

Dan B says:

January 20, 2010, 12:03 pm

It amazes me how people who were not there believe they can just debunk someones experiences. There is a point to which you have to question the stories, but anyone can down play and make excuses for almost anything that happens. The fact is that just because you or your friends did not see for yourselves does not make it fake. Almost every person asked “what would make you believe in a haunting?” said seeing it with my own eyes. The trouble with this is that if it happened on cue when ever we wanted it to it would not be paranormal, but rather normal! Ghost researchers for years have spoken of and photographed ectoplasma fog and ectoplasma orbs (seperate from dust or bugs on IR cameras) and it turns out that ectoplasma carries thoughts between neurons in the brain. Now doctors are catching photographs of these same ectoplasmic orbs leaving the brains of the dead. If this sounds like garbage, than do the research. Parallel Universe Theory and Quantum Physics are beging to prove that the science of ghosts is more real than the average person wants to hear. Think about it, almost every religion believes in the supernatural, life after death, some sort of holy ghost, if you will. Most people will follow religious stories written at a time when most people were uneducated, but mention a haunting and your insane!!! Before you try to debunk and talk down to those who have ghostly experiences, stop and think how you would feel if someone told you that what you thought, felt, smelt, touched, and believed in your life experiences were all wrong and only in your head!!!!!!!!

Joe Harman says:

February 7, 2010, 8:48 pm

This story has a ring of truth. I grew up in the area, and saw many films at this site from the 1970’s to the late 1990’s. Sadly, the complex was completely torn down roughly 10 years ago, and was replaced by a “Bed, Bath and Beyond” store. I find the demolition very puzzling.

I do not recall any stories, however, regarding any construction worker falling to his death. That being said, within the last couple of years, I have spoken with BBB staff. They have confirmed ghostly activities at this store, but, do not expand on their remarks. Perhaps they are fearful of repercussions from management ?

I hope this helps someone. Also, I may have heard one tale of the property being constructed on “old Indian burial grounds”, but I tend not to believe that, because that is such a common construction site story.

Joe Harman says:

February 7, 2010, 8:54 pm

PS ………. I was puzzled about the demolition of the old movie complex, because the parking lot was jammed beyond belief. They still had the retro outdoor box office, and the lines were just outrageously long. Makes me wonder why they would tear down a movie complex that was bringing in so much money

Lottie says:

February 9, 2010, 9:23 pm

I work at the Bed Bath & Beyond that is located on the same property as the AMC Theater was. Yes the strange events are still happening. The ghost is named Johnny and stays mostly in the bedding dept. and shipping and receiving. One employee has seem him and us Johnny wears a blue shirt.

chantel says:

February 28, 2010, 12:55 am

i used to live in michigan i know every thing about it is very scary

kris says:

March 8, 2010, 5:53 am


PLP says:

May 19, 2010, 2:50 am

I remember when they built the theatre. Went there many times. Grew up in Rochester Hills. I remember something about an accident, but it was kept hush,hush. Now,by curiosity, have to check out BBB.

Picard says:

August 3, 2010, 12:01 am

but then who was phone?

Jim says:

September 23, 2010, 2:14 pm

It’s not a theater now, it’s a Bed Bath & Beyond and the building was rebuilt for that. However, a current or past manager at BBB claims things like that still happen. He’s not the type to be suggestible. Despite the failed memory of that other contributor, the Hampton was NOT in the Winchester Mall. Umm, it was the Winchester Cinemas, but maybe that person’s brain cells are empty or they got stoned too often behind the Winchester out in the woods. That theater also does not exist. The Hampton was in the (still-extant) Hampton Plaza, Rochester & Hamlin. It did show $1 movies, vintage stuff, toward the end. They were losing money at that point, not thriving, so an employee told then me they were getting rentals of things like The Wizard Of Oz for only $50 per week, bargain basement prices, and that kept them afloat for awhile longer. Why don’t more MI theaters do this???

Jim says:

September 23, 2010, 2:21 pm

I know of no “old Indian burial grounds” anywhere around the former theater site. That story sounds like someone has seen Poltergeist a bit too much and has lost touch with reality. In more recent, real-life, real-world history, the site was a section of the former Ferry seed farm that raised plants for resale of seed lines (vegetable, fruits, etc.) earlier in the 20th century. Not a very sinister past there.

Jim, too says:

September 23, 2010, 2:32 pm

I’m inclined to laugh about the disbelievers at the same times as I make fun of the gullible–I prefer actual experience to twice-told tales–and each point of view can be heavily flawed, as we see in these postings. Claiming something ‘does not exist’ is complete ignorance. Everyone regards things differently, and how can anyone dismiss something that someone else experienced? It’s irrational to do that, and it shows off the low IQ of the pseudo-skeptic. Similarly, having a belief about things that you did not experience yourself can be problematic. It took me (once having been slightly skeptical, but no longer) getting MP3 recordings of voice of people who were not there, to convince me strongly that odd things occur in this world and that the paranormal is an aspect of reality.

Nikki says:

September 29, 2010, 12:23 am

I have worked at the Rochester Hills Bed Bath & Beyond for several years. I have experienced a lot of strange things happened. People still hear voices and noises that cannot be explained. I personally have worked overnight and heard the ladders in the center stockroom move. The whole team heard it and check the ladders. All the ladders were locked down. We just looked at each other and blamed the ghost.
Another manager and I were closing down the store when we heard voices. I left her in the office while I checked for where it was coming from. When I was in the office, it sounded like they were by the registers. When I got to the service desk, it sounded like they were back in Housewares. I followed it around the entire store till it disappeared when I made it back up front again. The music and display tvs were already turned off. By all rights, we should not have been able to hear anything but ourselves. We left quite quickly after that.
The last is the most recent of events. I had just gotten transferred back to the Rochester Hills store. I was closing up the store and looked down by the emergency exit on the front of the building. I saw movement while I was locking the front door. A shadow person walk through the wall. It was about halfway down the wall. All I could think of was “wow, that’s a new one.”
While I have gotten creeped out a few times, I have never felt threatened by anything at the store. It has made working there interesting.

jfgdkjhfkds says:

November 29, 2010, 6:51 pm

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jfgdkjhfkds says:

November 29, 2010, 6:54 pm


jfgdkjhfkds says:

November 29, 2010, 6:56 pm

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Morgan says:

April 14, 2011, 4:33 pm

HAS ANY1 EVER BEEN TO THAT MOVIE THEATER BEFORE IT WAS TORN DOWN THAT IS STILL ALIVE TODAY??? PLZ COMMENT BACK IF U R ONE O THE PEOPLE!!! I’m 10 years old and LOVE to hear about haunted places!!! Im hoping someday to be able to go to an actual haunted place!!!!!!!!

Ericka says:

June 14, 2011, 9:53 pm

I am 28 years old and i spent alot of time at the theater when i was a teen. My friends and I walked to the theater and used it as a hang out. until now i never heard of “johnny” and never experienced anything weird. However i dont doubt it either, Rochester is a old town with creepy stories. Anyways, i was super sad to see it shut down…good memories….

Jim L says:

February 19, 2012, 1:30 pm

The portion of the Hampton Mall that housed Bed Bath and Beyond is now vacant. Bed Bath and Beyond moved from their leased space there to the former Linens and Things retail space in the old Winchester Mall, 1/2 mile north on Rochester Road in December 2011. It will be interesting to see who are the next occupants of that retail space, and if they too experience things or see Johnny.

theghostwatcher says:

March 27, 2012, 10:51 am

we should go and ask if people could investigate beds baths and beyond to see if there are any ghost sitings still happening after it was torn down.

theghostwatcher says:

March 27, 2012, 10:55 am

I’m 16 years old and have always been interested in any paranormal phenomenon.

Elizabeth says:

August 26, 2013, 4:49 pm

Hey guys, I’m trying to find the location but I’m a bit confused. Anyone know where this place used to be located and if there is a new store their now? I’m really interested in checking it out!

Amanda says:

September 6, 2013, 11:21 pm

It’s now a vacant building on the corner of Rochester rd. and Hamlin. There’s a Jo Ann fabric and CVS, its the vacant building on the end. It’s right down the road from my house, I used to go all the time when I was little, does anyone know how the guy died? I used to get this terrifying feeling that something was going to fall on me, and I never knew why.

me says:

October 19, 2013, 10:49 pm

The location is on the southeast corner of hamlin and rochester road. It is usually vacant since bed bath and beyond moved out. It is temporarily being used as a Halloween USA.

me says:

October 19, 2013, 10:52 pm

The location is on the southeast corner of hamlin and rochester road. It is usually vacant since bed bath and beyond moved out. It is temporarily being used as a Halloween USA.: )

Dr. Ronald Kuntze says:

June 25, 2014, 4:00 am

I hate to burst all your bubbles– I worked at the Hampton Theatre from December 1976 thru 1985 (longer than any other human)– usher, assistant manager, then manager— NO-ONE, I repeat NO-ONE ever died there (a man had a minor heart attack in 1980 before his movie started– I gave his wife a pass and they were back the following week to see Private Benjamin, as I recall. When we added on theatre 4 in 1979 (which is one of the only true things in this report)– it was uneventful…quick and cheap as I recall. I spent close to 600 overnights there over the years– sometimes alone (we always cleaned overnight, had parties all the time) often with friends, sometimes sober, sometimes not, even lost my virginity there (thank you CV), overnight after the Christmas party….
Anyway– never saw anything– still friends with employees who were there after me, until the very close (Stacey took over after her mother Susan)–in fact we’ve had get-togethers as recently as 2012– we all think this is hilarious because it’s so stupid! That’s reality folks– dogs chase tails…people chase ghost stories (and apparently make them up out of whole cloth)

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