Putnam, CT is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Bradley Playhouse. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
In 1890, Ransom Bradley dreamed of building a magnificent theater in downtown Putnam. Two years later, on July 16, 1892, he purchased property on the corner of Front and Livery Streets. Designed and constructed by Charles H. Kelley of Putnam, the Bradley Playhouse was completed on January 29, 1901.The playhouse has been known by various names through its history. Postcards announcing a production of “The Old Homestead” in 1922 refer to the Putnam Opera House. Later, the playhouse was called “The Imperial”. In 1927, Morris Pouzzner renovated “Putnam Theatres, Inc.” According to the Putnam Patriot, “Superlatives are needed to describe the remodeled playhouse…from roof to cellar nothing has been neglected that could give comfort and pleasure.” On December 9, 1937, a short circuit caused another fire, which soon became an enormous blaze. Fortunately, a specially designed asbestos curtain dropped, containing the fire to the stage area. It was noted at the time that of all the curtains so designed, only three had functioned as intended when fire struck. The playhouse sustained thousands in damages, including the loss of all scenery, properties, and “talking picture apparatus.”
The ghostly activity here centers around a spirit by the name of Victoria. It seems like a lot of spirits inhabit one place in a building, be it a specific room or part of the property. Not so with Victoria! Her presence has been noted in the balcony of the theatre, as well as on stage, back stage, and even in the basement. The TV show Ghost Hunters filmed an episode here on August 2005. The team helped to add information about the origins of the spirit Victoria.
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