May 28, 2008
GH: Palace Theatre
The Ghost Hunters were up in Manchester, NH to investigate the historic Palace Theatre, a beautiful building with more than a few frightened employees. The manager at the Palace filled TAPS in on things he knew of happening over the years, including hearing moaning seemingly out of nowhere, an employee turning the water off only to hear it go back on after leaving the room, and even an employee who walked into a room and was trapped there for three hours after the door shut by itself and wouldn't budge.
As with any historic building worth its salt the Palace had at least one Death-Legend, a less-than-successful actor who reportedly killed himself on the premises. His shadow, or the outline of someone believed to be him, had been reported a number of times either walking in the balcony seating or actually sitting up there during rehearsals or at other times.
Jay & Grant, being amateur plumbers when they aren't busy being professional Ghost Hunters, decided to check out the sink first. They determined that the hardware was fairly new and there was really no chance that pressure in the system could force the faucet to turn on, but noted that when the nearby dishwasher was on it sounded very similar to the faucet running. If they employee actually saw the water was on (and had to turn it off again) that was one thing, but if the employee only heard the water go on then perhaps it was really just the dishwasher?
Their next stop was the room where the employee was trapped for three hours, where they noticed scuff marks on the inner doorframe indicating that the door was a tight fit. They also noted that the door was made of solid wood and if there was some humidity in the summer it could potentially expand and be extremely difficult to open.
In the theater proper Kris Williams was investigating with Joe Chin. They were looking up into the balcony to see if they could see any hint of a shadow sitting in one of the chairs, when suddenly Joe sees exactly that. Kris looks as well, and the camera looks, and we're all seeing it: There is actually a shadow in one of the chairs! Oh wait, it's Joe's shadow. There was an IR emitter on the stage behind him and it was casting shadows of both him and Kris up onto those seats. Oh well.
During the analysis Steve notices a weird orb but Jay & Grant dismiss it as a camera artifact. Apparently they are using a new camera that auto-selects color or black & white depending on the lighting and this can sometimes create odd-looking visual anomalies. Personally, I shook my head at this. We've leveled some (constructive) criticisms at some of the Ghost Hunters' tools and techniques but rather than fix the existing problems it seems like they're potentially creating more for themselves. <sigh>
For the coup-de-grace of the episode though, we have the reveal. During their historical research TAPS turned up an interesting fact: The man who had supposedly committed suicide in the theater actually got married, moved to Florida and died there in his mid-to-late sixties. Apparently the paranormal activity at this theater suffered a similar fate.
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