- HISTORY & HAUNTINGS OF ILLINOIS -

THE LEGEND OF ELVIRA
THE WOODSTOCK OPERA HOUSE GHOST
WOODSTOCK, ILLINOIS


Located northwest of Chicago, is the small town of Woodstock, Illinois. The tallest structure in the turn-of-the-century downtown is the Woodstock Opera House, a restored building which looms high above the streets below. It has played host to a number of celebrities over the years and is home to one young and attractive ghost.

Legend has it that the ghost, dubbed "Elvira" by the local theater folk. was once a beautiful actress who was up for a lead part in a ballet. She was said to have been crushed when she didn't get the part and she committed suicide by jumping from the tower of the theater.

From the time of this event, the theater has been haunted by her spirit. She even has a favorite seat in the theater, number 113, and many have witnessed this spring-loaded seat slowly lower as the ghost comes to rest there. Strange sounds have also been heard coming from the vicinity of this seat, including sighs of impatience or approval whenever the show is or is not to her spectral liking. Odd occurrences sometimes take place during performances too, like props falling and disappearing from the stage. Actors and staff at the theater also claim to occasionally catch glimpses of a phantom with long, golden hair.

The theater is located at 121 Van Buren Street in Woodstock, Illinois.

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