Temple Theatre - HauntedHouses.com
The Temple Building is located on the East Campus, of University of Nebraska in Lincoln, on Q Street, between 12th Street and 13 Street. It is just across the street from the Administration Building and Don L. Love Memorial Library, which is the main library on the college's campus.
The University of Nebraska was founded in 1869, mapped out on 4 city blocks. By 1905 this university had grown by a third, and was beginning to out grow its 4 block campus. This beautiful, immense"Franco-Italian Style" Temple building was originally constructed in 1906, to be a student activity center, and the new home of the University Theatre. John D. Rockefeller matched funds raised to help in this effort, which caused a row with the populists of the era, who felt that Rockefeller's money was tainted!
Throughout the years, this 4 story, rectangular brick building with a red tile roof, has been well taken care of, and probably has been renovated inside to meet the needs of the university. The entrance is framed by 4 Italian marble pillars strategically placed across the front of the building. On top of the pillars sits a rectangular slab of marble, which has the engraved the name of the building, TEMPLE, and is the foundation for the little patio which is attached to the fourth floor. The building looks like it will last for another 100 years!
Inside this well-constructed building one finds the campus radio station and KUON-TV, all the drama and theatre classes, some administrative offices, probably the Theatre Arts Department offices, and UNL's two main theatres, Howell and Studio, and other "performance spaces." The UNL Department of Theatre Arts and the Nebraska Repertory Theatre keep these theatres hopping with productions throughout the year, which get the support of not only the college community, but also the people of Lincoln.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
Haunted theatre buildings have entity residents who don't want to leave for a variety of reasons.
Perhaps, they suffered a fatal accident in or near the building, or they really loved their work done in the building, or have enjoyed the theatre arts performed and choose to spend their afterlife watching future productions.
Two known spirits:
Entity of thespian/theatre production student
Entity of a young girl
The entity of Dallas Williams
Other paranormal activity which could be any of the entities who are haunting the building:
Yes indeed! The eye witness accounts are believable. In the 4/18/07 on-line posting, John Wenz of the dailynebraskan.com, stated in his article that he personally has talked to people who had recently seen the ghosts of the Temple Building.
Though unofficially investigated by students who didn't experience anything, a professional paranormal investigation organization, who are not only armed with equipment, but are skilled in picking up the subtle signs of the paranormal, have yet to investigate this building. I bet they would find evidence of the entities staying here.
dailynebraskan.com, article by Melanie Mench, 2000.
dailynebraskan.com, article by John Wenz, 4/18/2007.
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