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The Winter Gardens is a Grade 2 listed buidling which was originally known as the Victorian Pavillion Theatre built in 1897. The original complex included a seawater baths, bars and a ballroom.
The theatre closed to the public in 1977 and was listed the same year. It is considered to be one of Morecambe’s most significant features, and a campaign for its restoration has been ongoing since 1986.
It is said that the stage in the main auditorium is one of the most haunted places in the Gardens. People on one side of the stage are sometimes pushed, slapped, poked and harassed by an unseen force. The ghost of a seamstress who aspired to one day become a professional dancer and failed to achieve that most elusive fame is said to still haunt one of the dressing rooms of the auditorium. There are also other ghosts in the bar and in the many stairwells.
Shadows have been seen moving across the stage and several people have reported at the same time seeing a man on various occasions. From the higher area of the theatre, it is said that the ghostly shadow of a young boy can be often seen running across the side of the theatre.
Several paranormal investigators who have been to the building, reported that they were able to record several EVP’s or electronic voice phenomenon. They have also reported seeing footprints in areas of the building where nobody has been, as well as hearing strange sounds and voices.
People have said that while they were in the building they could hear footsteps following them around, as well as the sound of men howling in torment.