The Avon & Lincoln Theaters

Date: October  31, 2001
Location: Decatur, IL
Investigators: Jennifer Lauer, Laurie Ginter
Equipment Used: 2-35mm Cameras, Gauss Meter, Non-Contact Thermal Scanner, Tape Recorder with external microphone, Camcorder with Night Shot,
Film Speed: 800 ASA
# Rolls Taken: 2 Rolls of 24 Exposure
Moon Phase: Full
Start Time: 6:00 p.m.
End Time:  5:30 a.m.
Temperature: 64 degrees
Solar X-ray phase: Unknown
Geometric Field phase: Unknown

AVON BACKGROUND INFORMATION - The Avon Theater officially opened in 1916. It is a large grand theater on the scale of the Lincoln, but yet had been constructed for moving pictures only. After a bright beginning and a long run of success, the theater was closed and abandoned, many feared it would be lost and tragically destroyed, but thanks to public interest, creative planning and hard work the Avon is once again open and thriving, and what sets the Avon apart from other theaters is that it is a very haunted place.

THE AVON THEATRE - Upon arriving outside of the theater were met by many people from all over the country that had come to do an investigation. Entering the theater lobby we met,Troy Taylor, who was there as our host for the night.  We were somewhat early, so were allowed to look around and take pictures.
  Entering the theater itself transports you into another era of days gone by, it was very grand and orantely impressive. We toured the theater, taking  pictures and various equipment readings until which time the presentation started. During the presentation Troy Taylor announced there was to be a change in plans in that originally we were to only have access to the Avon, we would now be able to tour the Lincoln as well, which was a unexpected but nice surprise. After a viewing of the movie "The Others" we were briefed on some more information on both theaters, we then preceeded to go to the Lincoln which is only blocks way from the Avon.

LINCOLN BACKGROUND INFORMATION - Also built in 1916 on the site of the former Arcade Hotel which had burned down the year before claiming several lives. The theatre is much larger than the Avon and was used mostly for vaudeville acts.
  Rumors of hauntings and strange sightings continue even today. One such rumor is that of a resident ghost nicknamed, "One Armed Red", he is the spirit of a stage hand who was killed tragically during a performance, when he fell from a cat walk some 70 feet above the stage, during his escent his arm became caught in one the curtain ropes, with that and the force of his fall this caused his arm to be torn off (thus the nick name one armed red) he lived just long enough to promise to return to his beloved theater...did he???? some would believe so.

THE LINCOLN THEATER - Upon entering the Lincoln, you can really see the age of this building with its cracked walls, peeling paint and wallpaper, there is also a distinct musty aged smell.   Though this building the building being in this state still reminds you of another time long ago when its expansive size and beauty would have been appreciated. We were then directed to the main  auditorium where we were given more information on the hauntings of this theater including some of Troy's personal experinces. We were then divided into several groups and took turns investigating different areas of the theater. There was a feeling of something there, though we did not capture any real evidence on film we did get some really good E.M.F. readings in one area of seating that could not be explained by obvious natural causes.