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Location DB > United States > Indiana > Evansville > The Phantom Theatre
The Phantom Theatre
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created by DarkTreader on 1/15/2004 8:14 AM
last modified by Kiishka on 2/28/2007 6:14 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
A 4-story red brick building, topped with a cupola, often shadowed by the surrounding trees or the water tower from across the road.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Evansville, Indiana
United States
Owner: City / Preservation Park Committee
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • air quality
  • loose debris
  •  Interesting Features
    Specifically, climbing up the belltower ladders and looking out over the city, while the wind screams (and yes, I do mean SCREAMS) around you - makes the entire trip worth it. I've made a point to make the climb every time I've visited.

    The mixture of an early 20th century hospital and 1970s haunted house was really interesting to see.

    Also, the noose hanging from the stairwell is a nice touch.
     Security Measures
  • part-time guard
  • wooden boarding
  • locked doors
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1927
    Closed: 1960
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Originally part of the Southern Indiana Hospital for the Insane, which opened in 1890, the 'Phantom Theatre' is one of 4 primary buildings saved by the Preservation Park Committee. It was constructed in 1927 as a supplemental Men's Ward for the original 1890 structure, and both it and its twin Women's Ward survived the deadly fire of 1943. It was turned into a spectacular 4-story haunted house some time in the middle of the century, as the decreasing population of the institution made operation costs too high for it to be kept as a ward of the asylum. The haunted house was abandoned in the 1990s, however, and the structure stood empty until it was demolished in late 2006.
     Media Coverage

     Future Plans

    Memories of the Phantom
    Tue, Feb 27th, 2007
    posted by Kiishka

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     Photo Galleries
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    First Documented Trip
    Thu, Jan 15th, 2004
    posted by DarkTreader
    14 pictures
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    The Phantom- 2006
    Tue, Feb 27th, 2007
    posted by Kiishka
    14 pictures
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    Nighttime Shots- June 2006
    Tue, Feb 27th, 2007
    posted by Kiishka
    4 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 8/2/2007 1:55 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Aug 2 07 at 1:55, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 4 07 at 22:40, Cowboy Wayne moved this gallery out of this location
  • on Jun 4 07 at 22:39, Cowboy Wayne added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jun 4 07 at 22:32, Cowboy Wayne added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jun 4 07 at 22:28, Cowboy Wayne created a new gallery
  • on Feb 28 07 at 18:14, Kiishka changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Prefer Satellite, Year Closed, Accessibility, Hazards
  • on Feb 28 07 at 18:11, Kiishka updated gallery picture P1010805.JPG
  • on Feb 28 07 at 18:07, Kiishka updated gallery picture P1010117.JPG
  • on Feb 28 07 at 16:15, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Feb 27 07 at 11:43, Kiishka deleted picture 223415 from gallery Nighttime Shots- June 2006
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