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Genesee Theatre hosts Ghost Wauk public, private tours

Cold patches, unexplained noises and smells, a barking dog thats heard but never seen are several phenomena that visitors on the annual Ghost Wauk tour at the Genesee Theatre will hear.

The Genesee Theatre in Waukegan opened in 1927 and contains been the main topic of ghost sightings and unexplained phenomena.

Public tours, which run between 6: 30-9: 30 p.m. on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7-8 can be purchased out.; times on Oct. 19 and Oct. 29 have already been added. People can schedule private tours for groups higher than 10.

Larry Frievalt may be the patron services manager at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. Hes been there because the theater reopened in 2004 after renovations. He leads the tours.

I was told most of the stories which have occurred at the Genesee in the times before the reopening. Ive been told most of the stories that occurred through the renovation and the as sat in and participated in a few of the specific paranormal investigations at the Genesee Theatre.

The tour lasts just over one hour and carries a walk through all floors of the theater along with the basement. Guests will dsicover the backstage area too. The Genesee wasnt always a theater; it had 11 storefronts and 40 apartments at once.

We discuss the many unexplained phenomenon which has happened at the Genesee Theatre, he said. Basically, just how we explain it really is that weve had four separate paranormal investigation teams can be found in and we offer them with the required locations.

They create their equipment and record whatever they encounter. The interesting thing is that the four separate paranormal investigation teams which have been here, which have no relationship to other people, keep coming back with exactly the same phenomena in exactly the same area they cannot debunk.

He discusses encounters that the staff and also performers have encountered if they go to the theater, he said.

Guests are permitted to bring their very own equipment, so long as it doesnt hinder the tour, he said.

Its nothing like a haunted house where people get yourself a jump scare, that is more of a storytelling event where we discuss these encounters and allow guests enjoy themselves, he said.

He’ll even discuss his personal encounters.

We’ve a ghost dog at the Genesee Theatre, he said. It includes a pretty strong bark.

He was in the lobby with four other ushers if they all heard your dog barking. He walked outside and checked all over the theater no dogs, no barks.

When I was telling the house manager this, Frank, he was actually a theater manager here back the 70s and he discussed the ghost dog, he said. It really is heard rather than seen.

We’d a predicament where among our marketing managers brought her dog in to the theater when she was working late during the night. Your dog got so scared it could not turn out from under her desk. She had to transport the dog out from the building.

Hes also smelled pipe smoke regardless of the nonsmoking building the type well-liked by a former employee.

Hell show footage in one of the paranormal investigations, too.

Its actually a complete, encompassing evening, he said.

Frievalt used to state he didnt have confidence in ghosts. But Ive been on these experiences and theres stuff I cant explain, he said.

Ghost Wauk tour

When: 6: 30-9: 30 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 7-8

Where: Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan

Tickets: $20

Information: 847-263-6300;

Annie Alleman is really a freelance reporter for the News-Sun.

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