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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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Jeremy says:

October 22, 2005, 10:29 pm

Hi my name is Jeremy and I was just wondering where this place is located in clearwater and if they would let me and some of my freinds in with camras. we have some footage of parinormal activities on video in safetyharbor of the island house said to be hauntedand of a torn down insaine asilem where many have died from a fire in Tarpon,but would like to get more footage of all diferent places.I have a huge fascination with parinormal activities and haunted places and i like to see ,hear and feel the activity of spirits that haunt the grounds for my self, i think is really awsome. well if they do let us in with camras and we get any weird but good footage ill send you some pictures.please write back with any info thanks.

April says:

November 1, 2005, 12:44 pm

Jeremy, this theater is located in downtown Clearwater on Cleveland street and Ft. Harrison.

!!WOW!! says:

December 10, 2005, 8:19 pm

Cool, nice AND creepy all at the same time!

Shannon says:

December 11, 2005, 3:08 pm

Isn’t that owned by a church?

Haley says:

March 4, 2006, 8:10 pm

If he is friendly why won’t the shadow of the knife go away?

4545t says:

March 15, 2006, 8:14 am

omg u r tellin da truf i live in florida and i sooo no wat u mean

chris says:

March 31, 2006, 5:07 pm

hey jeremy if u could can u send me some of the activity u have cought on camara i am also intrested in parinormal activitie. im always trying to find places with such activity but can never find any

Stephen says:

April 25, 2006, 9:29 pm

Let’s thwow a RAVE party at this location in downtown Clearwater. If anyone wants to help out or is interested then let me know…Contact to get down a bit.


June 3, 2006, 6:57 pm

If you would read the posting rules, you would see that it asks for correct grammar, etc. Some of you need to forget the ghost hunting and return back to school.

SANDY says:

July 11, 2006, 10:57 pm


SANDY says:

July 11, 2006, 11:04 pm

You know what to all the people that go to this site and read this comment that instead of searching of searching for ghosts YOU SHOULD SEARCH FOR GOD INSTEAD OF FALLING IN THE STEPS OF THE DEVIL!!!!!


SANDY says:

July 26, 2006, 1:33 pm


angel says:

August 16, 2006, 5:18 am

rnt u sandy that sing oh i wish i was a punk rocker

Heather says:

September 5, 2006, 9:55 am

I am a model (dont beleive me?, im on the homepage, the model they sent to Paris) and our main building is right down the street from the Royalty… Ive been all over that theatre, due to fashion shows we’ve held there… I’m ‘paranormally sensitive’ supposedly, and I have indeed felt strong presesnses on the stage, and upstairs, what used to be dressing rooms…

It is an amazingly beautiful place, and yes, it is now owned by a church…

felisha says:

September 24, 2006, 4:51 pm

no one knows anything about the facts on some pics or something.every one on here is talkin

David says:

September 27, 2006, 10:42 am

Footsteps, they say. How do they know, if no one is present, I wonder?

Sarah Wendel says:

October 25, 2006, 9:31 pm

I have been there and my friend dared me to stay the night with her there and all night i kept waking up to hear strang footsteps and when I looked up there was a man!

Diego Florida says:

October 30, 2006, 3:13 pm

I´ve been as I always have been,
Like the sun, always rising, always setting.
New sparks in my brain, old ones too;
I´m the eternal,
I´m the never new and the always new.

aardvark says:

October 30, 2006, 3:16 pm

The captain. Rocking your spirituality.

Paranormalize. Will it ever be normal?

ask the captain. He will know.

footsteps have been heard.

AngelicDeception says:

November 1, 2006, 8:41 pm

Wow, there are some interesting people on here, the only one that kind of freaks me out is Sandy. Just curious as to why she would be reading things on this site if she is such a devout Christian. Hmmmm strange. Anyways I just moved here to Florida, and I”m interested in paranormal things. It’s fun to get a little scared from time to time. Just wondering, will they let you stay over night, or atleast when the place is closed up can you check it out?

nicole says:

November 9, 2006, 2:16 pm

I used to live in Florida and i went into the Royalty thearter and it freaked me out.

skyler says:

November 19, 2006, 5:22 pm

i drive to clearwater every labor day ill check it out.

Kelly Maass says:

December 3, 2006, 11:22 pm

I would now love to go to the movies there to see the nife print that would be cool and i;m only 11.

Stacey says:

December 25, 2006, 8:23 pm

I am going to clubpenguin!

anonymous says:

March 3, 2007, 4:29 pm

this sounds like a load of **** to sumthing out of a cartoon.

big pimpin says:

June 22, 2007, 6:08 pm

i do believe that it is now called the majestic it is a night club last time i was there it was called liguid blue i’m pretty sure that is the location we are discussiong

jake says:

June 27, 2007, 3:04 am

if anyone here wants to go down there an’ check it out
feel free to contact me at
im fascinated by this kind of thing and would like some people to join me so i dont sound like a complete loon when i tell everyone!!!

Chris Angulo says:

July 2, 2007, 1:18 pm

I live down in the oldsmar / clearwater area, I think I will check it out. I’ve been down St.Pete to Fort Desoto before at night and have heard all kinds of strange noises before coming from the Fort there.

Gives me the HeeGeeBeeGees just thinking about it.

Neika says:

August 25, 2007, 12:42 am

I live near Clearwater and would Love to find and visit places which are active with spiritual and supernatural activity. If anyone knows of some haunted places to visit in Pinellas county I would like to know of them. Just moved here 3 months ago and have not had much time to explore yet. I am a clairvoyant medium and enjoy checking out haunted places.

Kim says:

September 3, 2007, 4:58 pm

I love ghost stories! They interest me. I’ve been wanting to stay a night in one of those haunted houses,but im gona have to wait,because im only 16. Im really into paranormal things. I have been for years. And im trying to do research on where they are and what happened to them, and if they will let people to stay the night in one of them.

Veronica says:

September 21, 2007, 7:36 pm

Anyone interested in meeting there the weekend before halloween?

Jessica says:

September 30, 2007, 1:28 pm

I live about a block away and I’ve never seen that place- but I also have never paid attention. Anyways, is it the Church of Scientology that owns the building? I’d like to go and check it out for the Halloween season. I just want SOMETHING to scare me. All the haunted houses with actors/actresses are lame. If anyone is going, let me know and I’ll come too. lol. Hopefully they’ll let people check it out, but probably not. My email is

lily says:

October 6, 2007, 10:41 pm

just reading all the comments, makes me wonder , why people are so fascinated about ghosts, does this means confirmation of after life to some? and why so many restless ghosts around end of the months?

lily says:

October 6, 2007, 10:46 pm

just reading some of the comments, I wonder, why people so fascinated about ghosts, does it means confirmation of after life? how about reincarnation?
would you rather be a ghosts than reincarnate?

Trace says:

October 8, 2007, 2:13 pm

To the first poster(Jeremy) that said he visited the site of the old insane asylum in safety harbor florida. I have been looking for the past hour trying to find an address or a general vicinity to go visit this place. Would you be so kind as to provide this information. If anyone else has information on this place please send me and email..


Jessica says:

October 8, 2007, 9:34 pm

Here is a site about the Royalty Theater if any of you are interested…Im sure alot of you all are it seems.enjoy it, I found it interesting…Enjoy!

Patricia Youngblood says:

October 26, 2007, 9:53 am

I was born in Clearwater. Most of my family live in the area.I guess I didn’t pay much attention because I had never heard of this haunting. From all I’ve read or heard about ghost’s and hauntings, most are left over energy of a horrible death of some sort. It won’t explain them all tho. Also,from the little research I’ve done, a real ghost can not touch or harm the living. They simply do not reconize the fact that they are dead. To them people are in thier area/home. Therefore they don’t scare me. I will try to check it out tho, just for fun. Please forgive miss-spellings and such. I’m old and do not write much.

Bruce says:

November 17, 2007, 11:09 pm

There is no doubt that the spirits can do harm if you don’t know what you are doing. They can’t kill you but they sure can hurt you. I don’t believe in ghosts from people deciding to stick around after they have died. The houses or places that are haunted are demons pretending to be people. I would love to go into one of these houses or places and dare the demons there to mess with me.

Lassie says:

December 1, 2007, 1:08 pm

I own a “Writing Table.” This is how it works. Two or more people get together, ask the table questions, and it ‘writes’ back to you. Anyone in the Clearwater, Florida area want to give it a try? You can contact me through my web site at:

Maybe we can submit some footage to the Travel Channel and get on their television show the “Most Huanted!” Wouldn’t that be awesome!

Lassie says:

December 1, 2007, 1:09 pm

I have a writing table that communicates directly with the spirits. Anyone want to give it a try? I can be reached on my web page:

Maybe we can film this for the Travel Channel and get on television! Wouldn’t that be awesome!

Lassie says:

December 1, 2007, 1:10 pm

I have a writing table that writes what the spirits are saying. It really works! Who wants to give it a try? In the Clearwater, Fl area. My web page is:

Maybe we can film it and get it on the Travel Channel. Wouldn’t that be awesome!

Jason says:

December 31, 2007, 7:25 pm

Last time I heard, The Majestic was closed down again due to lack of business. I’ve never been inside there, but live about 15 mins away from it. Most people in this area are full of **** and like to lie about these things. I am a “spiritually sensitive” individual that is able to detect the presence and feelings and spirits lurking in an area. On some occassions in the past I have been able to communicate with them (depending on if they are willing to cooperate).
If this deal about a haunted theatre in downtown clearwater is true, I’d really like to hear something legitamite that doesn’t make me wonder if someone’s lying. Also, if anyone here would like my assistance or company on a legitimate haunt investigation, please feel free to e-mail me.

Jason says:

December 31, 2007, 7:27 pm

Oops, my bad^^. My e-mail is: Only serious inquires please.

Ro says:

January 3, 2008, 11:16 pm

The old insane hospital was torn down years ago. I never witnessed anything unusual there but it did have ties to Al Capone.

Lady Rider says:

January 19, 2008, 12:24 am

I was wondering if a couple of people would like to get together and film possibly for the Travel Channel. I am a graduate of their Academy. I can be contacted at: Make reference to this web site. Thanks. LR

Lady Rider says:

January 19, 2008, 12:26 am

I am looking to get a couple of people together and go to either the Biltmore or the Theatre and film for the Travel Channel. I have an home made instrument which communicates directly with the spirits. Ask a question and they respond. I want to film this for the Travel Channel. I am a graduate from their Academy. For more information, contact me at: Thanks.

Tits Magee says:

March 5, 2008, 9:37 pm

I love boobies.

caro says:

March 12, 2008, 5:34 pm

capitan hook waz there i wonder what he was doing with wendy.

Jason says:

March 21, 2008, 9:04 pm

Anyone that encounters paranormal events please dont take it lightly! There are many diferernt types of spirits, all of which are dangerous. Human spirits tend to do more psycological damages, while the demonic will physicaly try to destroy anyone around them. Only through Christ may they be Banished. They are 100% real, and can be anywhere. All negative spirits grow stronger through fear, so if you encounter one, as terrified as you may be, try not to show it! Contact someone who can help immediately! (ie. Priest, Demonologist, etc.

TAPS Brent says:

April 2, 2008, 10:27 am

You can enjoy an investigation of the Royalty Theatre, along side of Tru TV’s Haunting Evidence star, Patrick Burns and Paranormal States (on A&E), CJ Sellers. The event package can be obtained from

Also, check out our convention being held at the beautiful Belleview Biltmore Resort Hotel & Spa, July 19-20, 2008!

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

Hey I just moved to davenport fl anyone kno any real places that r haunted let me kno.

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 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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