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Pictorial Tour of the Beautiful Fox Theatre in St. Louis… just because…

This may seem a bit off topic, but these historic theatres are just so mysteriously beautiful to me. Built and designed in what has been called “Siamese Byzantine” style, The Fox Theatre in St. Louis is one of my current obsessions. I’ve taken so many pictures on each visit that I had a very hard time narrowing them down for this post. Like most theatres of its kind, the Fox Theatre was originally built as a movie palace in 1929… for “talkies”. It sat vacant and forgotten for several years and then in the 80s it was purchased and a $2 million renovation brought this beauty back to life. It has seen the biggest stars, and each year serves as temporary home to national tours of Broadway productions and concerts. There’s really no theatre like it! But wait! There actually is a paranormal element to this post. The Fox Theatre is supposedly home to two ghosts. I haven’t met them, but I hope to… someday. 

Not a great picture… but I couldn’t NOT show you these amazing ticket booths.

The lobby during the holidays.

Ceiling in the lobby.

Lobby. And at the top of those stairs is a restaurant for the big spenders. (Totally reminds me of the Harmonia Gardens in Hello Dolly.)

Restaurant in the lobby.

This hangs above the restaurant at the top of the lobby stairs.

Just one of the traditional “ghost lights” at the Fox Theatre.

Took a ride in this old elevator. I think it’s beautiful!

Inside the theatre (obviously).

Entrance to the backstage area.

One of the many hallways underneath the theatre.

Some of the original projection equipment outside of the screening room in the basement (next picture).

The screening room in the basement of the theatre.

Can you believe this is just one of the men’s rooms? Of course then it would have been called a “smoking lounge”.  I love the floor and the blue on the walls.

Old phone booths in the men’s room.

 

Related:

Urban Exploration and Forgotten Theatres (Big Séance)

 

 


The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis…

 

A few nights ago I had the pleasure of joining some friends for dinner on “The Hill” and an evening at the famous Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri. I’ve wanted to see the place for several years but just never made it there. I’d heard stories, I have driven by, I’ve read about it online, and at one point I even became fascinated with checking out the many videos and photos that visitors to the Lemp had posted online from their experiences. Then just a few years ago the Ghost Hunters filmed an episode there and its popularity has since exploded. Now it has kind of become one of those touristy ghost traps. Very cool for people who are into the paranormal, but for people seriously studying it, it’s just a side effect of the great paranormal craze.

 

 

The name of the event we attended was “The New Generation of Ghost Hunting”. When I realized this I rolled my eyes (even though I was by myself). I braced myself for having to listen to a redneck paranormal team discussing orbs, or how a flashing meter would prove the existence of a ghost in the room, or some other controversial topic that the average innocent tourist would fall for. You just never know with some of the irresponsible paranormal groups out there. I kind of decided that instead of attending as an investigator/researcher who would catch them in their gimmicks, I would zip my mouth shut and have fun as a tourist.

 

 

It turns out that the two people from the paranormal group that ran the event and tour that evening were pretty cool. Just lighthearted good fun. The cheesiest thing was that every other person got a camcorder with infrared illuminators for walking around in the dark. And the dark is probably what annoyed me the most. Not because I was afraid of it, but because I just wanted to see the place and take some pictures. I quickly handed off my camcorder to a stranger so that I could actually be present and take some really bad pictures with a flash in the darkness. But the young woman who led my tour was nice enough to allow me to follow her back through the house after it was all said and done so that I could take pictures with the lights on.

 

 

Once again, I’m definitely not a photographer, but I hope you enjoy some of these shots. 

For those not familiar with the story or if you would like more information, here are some good sites. 

www.lempmansion.com
www.legendsofamerica.com/mo-lempmansion.html

 

The Lemp family mausoleum, located at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.

The Lemp family mausoleum, located at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.

 

 

 

 

 


Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri…

It is a cemetery that could keep you busy for days… weeks even. And it’s the largest and possibly the most beautiful cemetery I’ve ever seen. Opening in 1849, Bellefontaine (pronounced “bell fountain” by most St. Louisans) consists of 314 acres of park-like beauty with mausoleums as far as the eye can see. Too many to count. Even with a driving tour map it’s easy to get lost. But trust me, it’s worth it. Among other movers and shakers from the region, you’ll find the resting places of Adolphus Busch (beer giant), William Clark, Sara Teasdale, and the infamous Lemp family. You can find more beautiful photos on Bellefontaine’s Facebook page. There are also several resources on their beautiful website. When Joe and I visited we were greeted by really friendly staff, and they went out of their way to make our visit a nice one.  

Enjoy these photos from our visit…

 

“The Girl In the Glass Box” Herman Luyties 1871-1921

 

 

 

 

The family mausoleum of the infamous Lemps.

 

The family mausoleum of the infamous Lemps.

 

Back window. Family mausoleum of the infamous Lemps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Clark 1770 – 1838

 

Busch Mausoleum
Adolphus Busch 1839 – 1913
Lilly Anheuser Busch 1844 – 1928

 

Busch Mausoleum
Adolphus Busch 1839 – 1913
Lilly Anheuser Busch 1844 – 1928

 

 

 

If you’re hungry for more information on those buried at Bellefontaine, check out Movers and Shakers, Scalawags and suffragettes: Tales from Bellefontaine Cemetery by Carol Ferring Shepley. I picked this book up at the cemetery office. It’s proudly shelved in my personal library. 

 

 

 

 

 


Top Hot Spots in Missouri for Paranormal Activity…

So what areas in Missouri can claim to have the most haunted activity? Where have you been? Where would you like to visit? Add to my list!

Kansas City?

Armor Home for the Aged, Kansas City

(Donaldson House/Kansas City Art Institute, Elmwood Cemetery, Houston Lake, Hotel Savoy, Strawberry Hill, The Armor Home for the Aged, Christian Church Hospital)

St. Louis?

(Lemp Mansion, Powell Symphony Hall, Old City Hospital, Chase Park Plaza Hotel, Jefferson Barracks, Cupples Mansion – St. Louis University, Brookings Hall – Washington University)

Springfield?

(Gillioz Theatre, Landers Theater, Walnut Street Inn, Pythian Castle, Maple Park Cemetery, Springfield National Cemetery, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield)

Brookings Hall, Washington University

 

 

 

 

Of course there is quite a bit of paranormal activity going on in smaller areas like Independence, St. Joseph, Lexington, Carthage, Joplin, Hannibal, St. Charles, etc. that don’t get as much attention.

Gillioz Theatre, Springfield

 

 

 

 

 


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