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Woodland Grand Theater

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Long ago in this theater, a man named George and his dog would come and see a movie in theater three every week. When George died of a heart attack, he and his dog continued to frequent the theater. It has been said that George was seen in the projection booth and that he would turn lights on and off. Others have reported hearing his dog bark loudly. Though the theater is now torn down, there have been reports of a ghost dog walking around the site.

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Nathan says:

October 5, 2005, 7:27 pm

Are these haunting listings real? I am seeking to become a ghost-hunter. I aim to leave the ghosts alone but I only want to seek them to find out for myself who and what they are because I do not believe they are the spirits of the dead. My belief is they are either scientific phenomena that are not yet explained, or else demons of the devil. I want to find out which of these possible explanations is true, and this requires seeking them out for myself.

I’ve been looking for one in my town to start with. Thanks.

Sarah says:

January 9, 2006, 2:05 pm

So, what…this guy drops dead of a heart attack and somebody offed the dog too? Poor dog…

Maria says:

March 16, 2006, 3:58 pm

Does anyone know anything about a Haritage Hill house on Washington GR? My friends mother just bought this house and it is said to be haunted by a little girl.

Robin says:

April 20, 2006, 11:08 pm

Hello Ghost Hunters!
I was in a houses on Cutler St. off Buchanan. My best friend’s sis lived there and was given a book by a complete stanger who came to her door and told her that the house was in he book. So we try to contact the ghost sitting in the den. The ghost occupied the stairay and a room or 2 upstairs.(One wall to the den was on the other side of the stairs) Long story short we chanted and giggled “Ghost, Ghost out of the wall, Ghost ghst give us a call” It made a lage picture clock fly off the wall and the candels went out. We NEVER tried that
The book witch is out of print right now was by Don W. Farrant called “The Haunted Houses Of Grand Rapids” I am trying to get a hold of one..I am going to pay 35.00 But that is ok. That’s My story and I am sticking to Boo-gah Boo-gah

angie says:

April 21, 2006, 1:03 pm

he dropped dead of a heart attack and there still roaming the movie theater

Clare says:

May 13, 2006, 4:32 pm

You should also check out a series of three books by the same name, “Haunted Houses of Grand Rapids” by Gary Eberle. He is a good friend of the family, so we confirm his research is genuine and valid. And they are really interesting. You can find them on, and (for the locals) at the Grand Rapids Public Library.

Gayle Christopher says:

May 21, 2006, 2:06 am

I’ve lived in Grand Rapids for quite a few years and lived in one haunted house. There were at least 2 ghosts. We had one playing tricks on us; turning out lights and moving things and another one who caused weird smells, noises and just a feeling of fear.

I have Volume 2 of Haunted Houses of Grand Rapids by Gary Eberle and Haunted Houses of Grand Rapids by Don Farrant (vol 1). For the person who was looking for these books, contact me. I don’t know whether I can put my email addy on here but I’ll try.

Dawn says:

June 2, 2006, 11:48 pm

Hey I live in the Grand Rapids Area and would love to do some Ghost Hunting, anybody who might be interested drop me a email… Dawn

Big Bill says:

June 6, 2006, 4:52 am


I have a ghost in my pocket. However, you must be 18 years or older.

Kim says:

July 15, 2006, 10:27 am

Hi Dawn, I’d love to get a group going. I’m a serious reply. I also have basic equipment and a little experience. I did not find your e-mail on the site, so if you read this, please contact me at

cheree says:

September 12, 2006, 5:49 pm

Hey i was wondering were the house is in heritage hill? Send me an email or post a comment to let me know thanks.

Kyle says:

October 9, 2006, 4:12 pm

Here is a link that gives a bunch of haunted places throughout Michigan. It’s very interesting!

Elizabeth Schulte says:

November 14, 2006, 3:02 pm

not veary scary!!!!

Rick Prater says:

January 20, 2007, 6:24 pm

Hi my name is Rick and anybody wants to go Ghost Hunting with me that are serious let me know. I can communicate with spirits so if you want proof show me where you want me to go and i will give you it.

Danielle says:

February 18, 2007, 8:26 pm

I too live in Heritage Hill and am looking for information on haunted houses in the area. The house I live in is said to be haunted and would like to find out more information. Please, anyone, contact me and let me know if there is a group to join or information I can find!

nels says:

March 11, 2007, 2:27 pm

Does anyone know the story of Johnny Styles. He was a boy who feel off the bleachers & broke his neck & died at a youth in Grand Rapids Michigan in 1983. A new youth center has since been biult over the same site & I guess there has been some very strange occurances there. I’m looking to get more info or a photo of the boy. If anyone has any information please shoot me back an e-mail. Nels

miguel says:

March 16, 2007, 6:38 pm

I am very intrested in becaming A ghost hunter If anyone knows who is looking for help or will give me A chance please let me know thanks miguel

lawliet says:

August 11, 2007, 10:42 pm


I lived in GR for seven years and my house was seriously haunted- orbs floating around at night-blue lightning crackles in mid-air, drawers opening in our kitchen, light bulbs popping, a frightning shadow person floating above me while I was sleeping, and a creepy feeling when we would go down in our basement. I never had anyone investigate it or anything, but some of my family and friends have experienced it. There were times when I was scared to go to sleep there! If anyone wants the address, e-mail me@ however: the house has been bought by other people and I don’t know what they may have (or haven’t) experienced…


Lisa says:

August 24, 2007, 1:36 pm

I’m with a local paranormal research group. If anyone who visits this board would like to join us investigating the haunts of Grand Rapids, Michigan, let us know. or visit our site Thanks and I enjoy these tid bits of information.

Kyle says:

September 18, 2007, 8:53 am

What theater is this, where is it located in Grand Rapids?

Kevyn says:

September 30, 2007, 7:10 pm

I keep hearing of the Velvet House in Kentwood.
I have lived in Kentwood all my 28 years so far…
I was just wondering if anyone knows where the Velvet House once stood. and if it still stands today.
I’m just curious that’s all,I have no intention of going there. I not that experienced in the paronormal yet. Even though I am fasinated with ghosts.

please if you have heard anything this is my e-mail

thank you

Andrew says:

November 22, 2007, 4:47 pm

hey Maria the house you talking id haunted by a little girl and she died right in front of her sister by getting run over by a tractor

ghosthunter says:

February 26, 2008, 6:10 pm

why would someone bring there dog to a movie theter

Angie says:

March 2, 2008, 12:23 pm

I just recently moved to michigan. Its a gorgeous state, but the house I live in is over 100 yrs old. My family and I have experienced weird stiuations. We believe there is only one ghost in our house. My 12 yr. old daughter thinks its a woman. She is a friendly one. One day we went to the beach in Holland, we came back and as we opened our front door the piano in an upstairs room began to play. We all heard it. There have also been times where my children would be playing with a toy, and if they put it beside them, look away, and look back it would have dissapeared. I’ve also experinced that. But this spirit is like a mother. She has a very gentle vibe, and she causes no harm to our household.

GR is a great place to ghost hunt!


Renee says:

March 6, 2008, 1:29 pm

Does anyone know about the haunting at Alpine Manor on the corner of Monroe and Michigan? Please let me know.
Thank, Renee

jea says:

March 11, 2008, 10:45 pm

I dont know about these things. I want to know more

Daniel ghost hunter says:

June 6, 2008, 6:24 pm

I have been in the ghost hunting proffesion for over 11 years, and I have found this particular site in Grand Rapids to have the most frequent visits than any other place I have been in the states. The ghost used to be gentle but since the theatre was torn down the ghosts seems to be more disturbed. Use caution and please be respectful if you happen to come across the spirit of the man or the dog.

Sandra says:

July 14, 2008, 2:24 am

How is the dog a ghost when it doesn’t say he died???
That makes the story kinda seems untrue.

Al says:

July 21, 2008, 9:48 am

I was interviewed by Gary Eberle some 30 years ago about a house that we lived in Heritage Hill. Gary did all of the research and he an excellent researcher!

Gary found out that there was a family who had suddenly died. Our experiences were such that we could sense 4 family members. A dominant male, dominant female and two children. We had some really wild stuff that kept happening and we had no real explanation. Eventually, we chose to move quickly!

It all started when my parents and I found the door that led to the third floor. We o0pened it and when the door was opened a very cold chill went right up my spine. Weeks later, stuff began to happen. Swing doors would open and close on their own. Spirits would walk through walls, we had a pup that was thrown down the front stairway! Levitations would occur with small objects.

In the summer, the temps would be so cold that you could sleep with 4 quilts and still be cold! The outside temp might be in the ’80’s outside! We had constant feelings of being watched.

Because of our experiences with this house, I eventually became a paranormal researcher and a medium.

joeab wilson says:

August 26, 2008, 2:33 pm

the story is very true the guy was a very good friend of mine , I worked at the theater and I would allow him his dog allthough our policy at the time was no pets.
I,ve never told this story efore , but when the poor fellow died I took his dog home and the dog was soo sad like it had no more ambition to live , it even tried to turn on me several times , so I had no choice but to poison his food , the dog became unconcious but it didnt die so I put it in a sack and put stones inside and I threw him in the river.
when I came back home that night there was a dark figure sitting on my front porch with a dog that looked identical , twin to the one I had just put in the river. as I approched they just vanished.
Ive never said a thing and I wish to stay anonymous.
believe what you may ,I tell just stay away from the story.

GKil09 says:

September 3, 2008, 8:36 am

Geeze Joeab Wilson, if you did those cruel things to a poor animal you deserve to be haunted. Ever hear of going to a vet and having the poor thing euthanized? Hope the ghost dog bites you in the butt!

ruby says:

September 6, 2008, 9:07 pm

i dont get it how did the dog die

lizeth says:

September 28, 2008, 2:28 pm

this dosent have to do with this story beacuse i have my own true scary story .my aunt said that at night in her house you can hear a little girl and boy playing down is freaky ! it beat the crab outa me! so my aunt called ghost hunters and they took pictures. the girl was about 6 years old and the boy was about 6 too.the girl had a little blue dress . the boy had jeans and a power ranger shirt.down stairs in the mornig we found cars and barbie dolls!

lizeth says:

September 28, 2008, 2:32 pm

does any body know how the dog died ?if you know please tell me

lizeth says:

September 28, 2008, 2:34 pm

does any body know how the doggie died if you know please tell me

Sam says:

September 30, 2008, 6:58 pm

Well this one don’t seem real and I don’t think it is real for reasons.One is because it has a error in it.Blah who post something that is going to be read by millions of people with a error in it.Besides this is not in the lest scary.I’ve seen scarier things on a playground.

Tasha says:

October 17, 2008, 12:49 am

Okay so I have done some Ghost hunting. Just the past couple weeks. I went to the Grandville Cemetery and I went to Mt. Calvary Cemetery( to see the “glowing nun” and I drove to Rockford( there was a boy on the dam suppossedly and then 2 girls in the woods there). I went on a Friday night to the Grandville. I grew up near that cemetery and always was a bit apprehensive so I bucked up and my friend went with me. Nothing happened there, we took photos but our negatives were blank, except for 2. It’s what happened in the following days that is freaky. I had a dream in which someone told me I had a presence following me and I woke up with a start and it felt like I had been screaming, my throat was sore. That nite I felt weird so I blessed my walls, prayed ( I am of Christian faith ) and I laid in my bed. It felt like there was a heaviness on me, not pushing but constant pressure. I couldn’t think of a bible verse to save my life so I sang bible songs like Jesus Loves Me and what not. My bed quivered, like not a shake persay but like it had a chill, quiver is the only way I can discribe it….. I prayed louder and it ceased. I was told by a friend of mine that was a warning??? I have always been fascinated by the paranormal, I dont know that I am sensitive to it but it’s something. Does anyone have thoughts on this at all>>> Feel free to E-mail me at

shannon says:

October 27, 2008, 6:48 pm

i am also looking forward to being a ghost hunter i believe in spirits that you can not see but they do and will find ways to make contact with us!i do not wish to disturb them but to understand their ways and what keeps them here i have seen very few spirits but i have felt them and i have felt their pain!!!and to know where i stand and where or what to look at first i must know if these stories are infact true!

Tatum says:

November 17, 2008, 5:55 pm

yeah, where is this theater located? I know a lot about Michigan and I’ve been addicted to ghost stories, and Ive never heard of this theater. Or maybe its the…….

jayb says:

November 20, 2008, 1:51 pm

Hello everyone, if there is anyone looking for a partner to Ghosthunt with I am free anytime on friday or saturday day or night.Also after 4pm weekdays .my email is

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December 10, 2008, 1:24 pm

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alia says:

April 7, 2009, 8:26 pm

I live right acroos the street from woodland somtimes you can see a green glow on a full moon night and you can see a shadow in the tower and a dog walking around i try to pet it but my hand goes through

heidi says:

May 15, 2009, 10:19 am

is this true i mean this theature isn’t there anymore so why do people make a bid deal when its not even a bad ghost ….. ? write me back please

K.C. says:

July 2, 2009, 3:48 pm

I am helping to research a book and am seeking information on the so-called Bell Telephone Ghost. This concerns a house that used to stand at Fountain & Division in which a murder/suicide supposedly took place in 1910. Does anyone know anything beyond the Farrant/Eberly account? I can’t find any evidence of this incident or any mention of it in newspapers of the period. Can find no record that Warren and Virginia Randall existed. Wondering if names and dates were changed in the book. . . or is that story just a creative retelling of an urban myth? Would be grateful for any clues or scraps of information.

Jones says:

July 5, 2009, 1:55 pm

Where is this place located? I would like to know. It took me forever and a lot of gas to find the Ada witch. Save me time and gas and divulge the location.


Tonya says:

September 23, 2009, 12:29 pm

Warren and Virginia Randall never existed. It’s an urban myth. Also I don’t believe the guy who claims to have thrown the dog in the river. The reason why is because he stated he wanted to remain anonomys but he told us he was the dog-owners friend and that he worked at the theatre. Too much info from someone who committed a crime and wants to be anonomys.

Alexis says:

August 28, 2010, 2:23 am

that’s an amazing story! i’m trying to make a movie about it. where can i get more info on this george dude and his dog?

Nicole says:

December 29, 2010, 2:27 pm

@ Tonya
The story of Warren and Virginia Randall is not a myth. I have proof, and it will be presented in my upcoming book “Grand Rapids Most Haunted.”

I am currently looking for any stories from the Heritage Hills neighborhood. Feel free to email me; all names and actual addreses are kept cofidential.

Jason says:

January 29, 2011, 4:51 pm

A friend and I are interested in getting into ghost hunting and would love to get together with others that have done it before and would have great ideas on where we could get started…thanks! You can email me at

Jordyn (girl) says:

March 14, 2011, 9:51 pm

Yeah I’ve seen lots of ghost through out my years and im starting to get use to it. TIP: Ghost like electricty so bring something like a DSI or something hand held. TIP:Ghost like when u ask for proof…. and u might not wanna not swear like Zak does on ghost adventures because then a ghost might contact u while ur screaming and swearing lol. My family also can commuticate with ghost my mom had this old house where people were stabbed and beds would move across the floor and we would see doors shut with no wind and see figures on the stairway and knifes would pop up in hands.

Unkown? says:

August 21, 2013, 2:26 pm

Hey guys,
Just wanna say, there is this book that is veery interesting and its all real! It’s called Demonologists about two ghost hunters that know everything there is to know about spirits, unhuman and human. It’s amazing! Or if any of you have seen the movie, The Conjuring, Thats all a true story. The people who saved the family are real people! That’s what Demonoligists is about. The Warrens. Read it and watch the conjuring its truly amazing

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