Victoria Theatre

11-7-08, 1-17-09, 3-6-09, 4-10-09, 5-22-09, 12-5-09, 12-11-09, 1-22-10, 2-6-10, 11-20-10, 12-30-10

138 North Main Street, Dayton Ohio 43653

Since 1866, the “Magnificent Edifice” at First and Main Streets has held many names and forms, but one thing has remained constant – a tradition of celebrating and enriching life through the performing arts. It originally opened on January 1, 1866 as the Turner Opera House and enjoyed three years of success before fire consumed the hall. The job of rebuilding took two years, and it reopened in 1871 as the Music Hall. The next 40 years were prosperous ones for the theatre. Some of America’s most prestigious stars, including Edwin Forrest, Lillie Langtry, Harry Houdini, Sarah Bernhardt and Mark Twain, were featured in productions during this period. The theatre changed names several times during this period as well, becoming the Grand Opera House in 1885, the Victoria Opera House in 1899, and, finally, the Victoria Theatre in 1902. The flood of 1913 took its toll on the city and the theatre. However, both survived the disaster, and the Victoria was quickly rebuilt. Another fire ravaged the theatre in 1918, and it was rebuilt and reopened in 1919. The name changed once again, to the Victory Theatre, and it entered a period of successful ventures. Fred Bickel, who went on to national fame as Fredric March, was one of the many talented performers featured in productions by the resident theatre company, the Wright Players, from 1927-1930. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra was born at the Victory in the 1930s. In the 1940s the theatre enjoyed the film industry’s boom period as a showcase for Warner Brothers Studios, with continued success in the 1950s as the Miami Valley headquarters for Disney films. By 1967, declining economic conditions threatened the theatre’s existence, and it was marked for demolition in 1972. Through widespread community support it gained a listing on the National Register of Historic Places and narrowly escaped the wrecking ball in 1975. Victory Theatre Association was incorporated in 1976, and volunteers began restoration work. In 1977 the Dayton Ballet Company found a home at the Victory, and a new annual season of professional theatre was initiated. Victory Theatre Association purchased the building in 1978, and much of the ornate plaster work was restored, new carpeting was installed and the roof replaced. In 1988 the Arts Center Foundation acquired the Victory Theatre from Victory Theatre Association and began a $17.5 million renovation project. A year and a half later, the project was completed and the completely renovated theatre was rechristened the Victoria Theatre. Today, the Victoria Theatre is home to performances by many of Dayton’s arts organizations, including Dayton Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), The Muse Machine and CityFolk. In addition, Victoria Theatre Association presents the Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals Broadway Series, Star Attractions, the Young at Heart Family Series, the Michelob Ultra Cool Films series, the Physicians for Kids Education Series and the Universal 1 Variety Series at the Victoria Theatre.

Entire Team to include Eric Baldino of Ghost Hunters Academy

6-Sony Hi8 Static camcorders, 2-Zoom H2 voice recorders, VanDegraff Generator, 4-K2's, 4-Mel8704, 1-Geo Phone, Franks Box, various Sony digital Handycams, various digital and disposable 35mm cameras, a multitude of digital and analog voice recorders

Personal Experiences:
physical touching in muppet boxes, disembodied voices in basement, muppet boxes and projector room. Shadow play in rear of prominade area as well as door slams. Shadow play in MAC area as well as footsteps and noises in the dance studio. Disembodied voices heard going in and out of elevators on all floors. Footsteps on stage. Disembodied voices heard under the stage as well.


A place where ghosts are reported is described as haunted, and often seen as being inhabited by spirits of deceased who may have been former residents or were familiar with the property. Supernatural activity inside homes is said to be mainly associated with violent or tragic events in the building's past such as murder, accidental death, or suicide — sometimes in the recent or ancient past. But not all hauntings are at a place of a violent death, or even on violent grounds. Many cultures and religions believe the essence of a being, such as the 'soul', continues to exist. Some philosophical and religious views argue that the 'spirits' of those who have died have not 'passed over' and are trapped inside the property where their memories and energy are strong.

Multiple mediums have picked up on the same documented deaths and other spirits that are currently wandering the theater. We have yet to prove a connection between the deceased and the current activity. Thanks to the DVT management for having such great patience and spending the time it takes to try and capture something so rare.


We've presented our interpretation of these voices and suggest you listen and make your own decisions about whats being said. Feel free to contact us about procedures, techniques, equipment or ideas about what we have captured here.



EVP - voice says "Patrick" - Team P.E.A.R..

EVP - voice says "I'll seat you" - Team P.E.A.R..

EVP - unusual multi voice evp from muppet box".

EVP - voice says "yes".

EVP - voice says "hey".

EVP - voice says "no".

EVP - voice says "I think I'm in trouble".

EVP - voice says "WALK QUIET!".

EVP - voice says "HEY, I'm in here look at me".

EVP - voice says "help me".

EVP - voice says "woman talking".

EVP - voice says "I dont love you".

EVP - voice responds "three".

EVP - voice responds "yes" to Jim.

EVP - voice responds "yes" to Don".

EVP - voice responds "never" to Jim.

EVP - voice says something then "yes".

EVP - voice responds "yes" to Lee.

EVP - voice says "you should get outta here".

EVP - voice says "come out elizabeth".

EVP - voice says "he likes you".

EVP - voice says "hello......".

EVP - voice says "hurry hurry get back" at the beginning.

EVP - voice says "kill or somethin".

EVP - voice says "patrick".

EVP - voice says "johnathan" at the beginning.

EVP - voice says "shut your mouth" short version.

EVP - voice says "shut your mouth" full version.

EVP - voice says "they're real" .

EVP - voice says "told yaaaa".

EVP - voice says "yes" .

EVP - female voice talks over investigators".

EVP - soft scream over talking.

EVP - soft scream over talking 2.

EVP - "hmmmm" over talking.

EVP - you'll hear "hey" at the beginning.

EVP - audible "thump" sound at the beginning.


VIDEO - bottle tips over...this is the second time this happened. Filmed with a phone by a medium who was stitting in the left muppet box along with the Theater management. They all witnessed this occurrance and thought it was pretty strange. We took into account the construction of the top of the footstool and the rounded bottom of the bottle. .