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Royalty Theater

Clearwater, Florida

The Royalty Theater was once an old vaudevillian movie house and since 1921, it has been plagued by paranormal activity. The theater’s apparition is nicknamed Captain. He is said to be a bearded, blue-eyed man in a blue coat and hat. Footsteps are heard moving across the stage when no one is present. On one stage wall, there is an image of a knife that simply will not go away–it has been covered by twenty coats of paint! Users of the theater do maintain, however, that Captain is actually very friendly and does not harm anyone.

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Not Sure says:

April 12, 2008, 8:50 pm

I believe, if this is the place I’m thinking about,it was called the Ritz in the 70’s and it showed XXXXX
rated movies. I was in High School and heard about guys I knew trying to get in and that they really didn’t check I.D.’s. Of course we could get alcohol at the local bowling alleys and some bars too back then in the good old days…ha ha.I never heard anything about ghosts but I was scared of my own shadow back then…can’t for the life of me figure out why…

Chris says:

April 24, 2008, 4:19 am

Not sure if anybody looks into the Royalty Theatre anymore for paranormal reasons. I do have to say that my band played there a couple years ago, and the building itself is absolutely beautiful! and the owner Socrates is one of the coolest crazy old greek guys in the world. Being an avid paranormal enthusiast I had to get as many photos as I could in. I’d seen some photos of appartions that had appeared in the seating area and one of the upper balcony. Looking for something like that I snapped nearly 30 odd photos, the only thing that turned out was a swirling ectroplasmic mist heading down into the basement? (i guess it’s a basement). It appeared to be the same consistency as smoke but had an extremely distinct swirling appearance to it, and looked as if it was spreading out from down below. The lights were completely bright and there was absolutely no smoke anywhere to be seen. Not sure what to make of it, but it’s definately an amazing building for sure. Socrates equates any unexplained activity that occurs there to be god or angels making themselves known in some way. who knows? maybe he’s right.

Brad Welch says:

May 3, 2008, 7:53 am

i think the ****** knife i saw there is from sum1 who killed sum1 there i actually spilled soda on it and it went and came back

amanda says:

June 30, 2008, 7:35 pm

just to let you guys know, i’m part of a paranormal investigative group in the area and many many many groups have been there and to the biltmore to investigate. the royalty theatre is now being sold so no one can investigate.

beth& becky white says:

July 17, 2008, 12:34 pm

OMG we live right outside of clearwater and we never new that happend! WEIRD

rob says:

September 28, 2008, 12:33 am

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Char says:

October 15, 2008, 11:27 pm

I have been to the Royalty before it closed. My daughter’s elementary school used to hold it’s talent show there. I was in the back of the theater vieo taping the show (which was so cute by the way) and I looked to my left and I saw the “Captain” plain as day. He looked just as he is described in many reports. Of course i did not know who he was as I had never been in there before. I looked the theater up on the internet when I got home – and there it was. I have always been able to sense spirits and often see them. Captain did not feel evil or give off any dark feelings – he actually seemed to be watching the kid’s show!. I hope he enjoyed it

shaye says:

March 5, 2009, 12:03 am

OK.. most of the people on here seriously need to learn how to spell. second of all not all paranormal is EVIL. And being interested in it is certainly not either, and if SANDY is so against it, why are you on this site ANYWAYS? and “HEATHER” what the heck does being a “model” have to do with ANYTHING?! honestly. really im sure no one cares.

shaye says:

March 5, 2009, 12:07 am

oh and another haunted place in tampa is the old tampa theater on franklin street in downtown.

Panelle says:

April 9, 2009, 9:10 am

go to Lake Weir in Weirsdale Fl at the Lakeside Inn B&B that is very very haunted We went to do Ghostbusters in 1992 and we found alot of hot spots, flying ghosts and images. do not believe me go there if its still around it was a hunting lodge and it had several murders there in 1880’s

Panelle says:

April 9, 2009, 9:19 am

Belleview biltmore hotel in Bellaire is haunted, The Don Cesar, Vinoy is too. So all of these places are just as haunted. you got to chek them out!!
The best time to go to these places is during Halloween when they give the tours. the biltmore will be closing soon for 3 yrs renovations but the haunts are still there, they will not go anywheres even if they move.I say when you get into the hotel go down to the old phone booths, they have a small staircase to the upper floors, they are a booth that has closed glass doors next door to the candy and sweet shoppe.that area is a hot spot. Also on the 13th floor yes there is a 13th floor in this hotel and on the 5th floor is very haunted, alot of kids died in a fire that was in the early 20;’s there . so their souls are up there, the maids quarters are on the 13th floor. but no one likes going up there. There are alot of secret rooms, floors that go nowheres, staircases to no place,under the floorboards to the lower level is the place they used to bring the booze in and food underground, go see that if you can.

Kayla says:

September 21, 2009, 9:00 pm

I took the time to read all of these comments on this website and what some people said was crazy,like that one person who said she saw the Captain.now that was freaky.I would love to visit some haunted places so please comment and say some of the huanted places you know.I will check this website every now and then so PLEASE comment soon.

Kayla says:

September 21, 2009, 9:10 pm

And any of the haunted places you know of kinda need to be in florida because thats the state i live in and i’m only 13 but i love paranormal shows like “A Haunting” and “The Othersiders” so please comment on the places in florida that you know of that are haunted and PLEASE comment really soon.

Lawrence says:

December 8, 2009, 7:13 pm

If footsteps are heard when no one is around… how are they heard?? The Theater is also under construction so it will be re-opened shortly!

Erin says:

August 31, 2010, 10:38 pm

I would be scared too my self if I was their but like you said,he’s friendly.I was wondering if I knew where was this place so I can check it out.I got a camcorder, so I can vidio the place.I like Haunted places.

Annabell says:

October 24, 2010, 2:42 pm

The Royalty Theater original name was the Capitol Theatre which opened in the early 20’s. I worked at the Capitol while it was own by ABC/Plitt Theatres and also worked there later when it was an independent. Yes, Al Capone did go to the theatre especially just prior to the St Valentine’s massacre to been seen. As for the ghosts – there are many there. In the dressing room under the stage on the west side that has the most eerie and evil presence. The rest of the dressing rooms area has many presences that curious but not threatening. The elderly small woman â??ghostâ? that walks down the west side (right aisle) caring a blue bank bag is Ruth. She was the cashier there for many years. Like clock work she always took the money bag down the right aisle 10 minutes after closing the box office which usually closed at 10:00 PM.
I heard some people say they would see a man in the balcony. This could be the man who died in the balcony who I believe is the same ghost who for a time was seen by employees of Sunshine Mall 5 Theatres (at that time own by Cineplex Theatres) in the projection booth and the stairway. The employeesâ?? description of the presence of a man wearing tan slacks, long sleeve blue shirt with a tie match what the one of the managers of Sunshine Mall Twin wore, Bill. Later this same manager co-owned the Capitol (an independent theatre) after Plitt Theatres sold it. Those employees never met Bill. I did, I work for Bill at the Sunshine Mall Twin and when he co-owned the Capitol.
I do not recall the stories of presences at the Carib Theatre which was located on Cleveland Street and or the stories of the Ritz Theatre – my Grandmother work at both.

kayla says:

October 15, 2011, 12:49 pm

i heared thare was a little girl sighted there too.

Veronica says:

February 27, 2014, 11:54 am

To Funny Sandy. Your comment reads as follows instead of searching of searching for ghosts YOU SHOULD SEARCH FOR GOD INSTEAD OF FALLING IN THE STEPS OF THE DEVIL!!!!! If that is the case what are you doing on this page in the first place? I enjoy stories, tv shows, books and pictures of anyting that has to do with Ghost. And for the grammer… Who cares this isn’t a school education page.

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