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Scott Theatre –
Haunted Place — Scott Theatre
3505 West Lancaster Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
The Scott Theatre is located on the corner
of W. Lancaster Avenue, and Gendy Street, just north of Will Rogers
Memorial Coliseum, and Will Rogers Memorial Center. The major cross
streets are Rip Johnson Drive on the east, and Montgomery St. on
the west. Both cross streets intersect Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth's Scott Theatre is a versatile
performing arts venue in a modern brick and cement building, with
nice decor and a well-designed layout. The Scott Theatre is one of
two theatres located on the first floor of this large cultural arts
building, that has many rooms and offices on the second floor.
Scott Theatre was built in 1966, thanks to
William Edrington Scott, who left 3 million dollars in a trust,
called the Scott Foundation, which was set up to develop Fort
Worth's Cultural District. Since opening its doors in 1966, this
lovely, 500 seat theatre has been the perfect setting for a variety
of cultural arts performances, film & slide presentations and
events. Upon entering the lobby, one sees a 575 lb, eight feet in
diameter, glorious Italian chandelier, and an inspiring mural on
the lobby wall. This well done mural tells the historical progress
of the architecture in Greek and Roman theatres.
The theatre auditorium has a balcony, and
every seat has a good view. A sense of closer intimacy exits
between the performers and their audience, because of the kind of
stage built here. It's a "thrust stage", that has three sides which
extend into the audience, connecting to its backstage area by the
side furthest from the audience, called its "upstage." There is a
pull-down screen for films and slides as well.
The area behind the stage is where the
dressing rooms and lounge are located. From either side of the
stage, one can travel to and from the basement via the staircases,
which also go up to the second floor. Areas in all the floors of
the building are well accessed, being connected by their
Once in the basement area, one finds a
maize of rooms and hallways. An area that is directly below the
stage, is known as "the dungeon". These areas are used for storage
and work areas needed in theatre production. These include a
costumes room, a paint room, a prop room, equipment room and a
place to build the sets.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
W.E. Scott wanted Fort Worth to have a beautiful theatre, and
spent a lot of effort trying to make it happen during his
life-time. He put his money where his mouth was, by creating a
foundation in his will, to hopefully make it happen in the future.
Unfortunately, he never got to see this theater, as it was built
with his foundation money after he died from lung cancer.
Sometimes entities of people who worked hard to make a building
become reality, but die before it is accomplished, have been known
to come back and visit the finished project. (Glessner House)
From 1967-1970, an actor, Kenneth Walker Yandle worked for the
Fort Worth Community Theatre, as a stage hand. Fort Worth Community
Theatre was one of the groups who used the Scott Theatre for its
shows.He volunteered his services for two years, and then was hired
on as a salaried employee. According to the Fort Worth
Star-Telegram Newpaper, Kenny suffered an emotional depression when
his girlfriend broke up with him, probably around Christmas /New
Years. He committed suicide by hanging himself on January 7th, 1970
in the Prop Room in the dungeon, by stretching a rope across 2
beams. Other sources say he tied the rope to pipes.
Many entities who died from taking their own life, have found that
it didn't help their state of mind, and they are still miserable,
and linger in this world. (Bowers Harbor Inn * Ghostly Usher * Slater Hall * Woodstock Opera House)
The Entity of William Edrington Scott
When the Scott Theatre first opened, they had on display some of
William Edrington Scott's paintings. When vibrations from the
street, made the pictures hang crooked, an unseen presence would
straighten the pictures.
The entity of Kenneth Walker Yandle
Laughter has been heard in the area underneath the stage.
His apparition has been seen walking across the stage, sometimes
wearing a brown suit.
Footsteps have been heard going up and down the staircases, and
across the stage.
In the basement rooms, especially the dungeon, people had felt
really uncomfortable when trying to work in the costume room and
Items have fallen off the shelves by themselves.
Power tools have turned on by themselves.
Cold spots have been felt in the dungeon area.
The water faucet in the Janitor's closet on the second
floor — It was puzzling to a female employee when she
heard the water running in the lock janitor's closet. She turned it
off, but it turned itself back on. She said, "Kenny, Stop it!!"
This stopped the fauscet.
- Unknown entities — of a woman in the back stage area and
some children whose voices were recorded on EVP work.
The Phantom Hunters did an investigation at The Scott
Theatre on Feb. 6th, 2006, and found enough unexplainable phenomena
to plan to do another investigation. Some of their evidence: They
captured some interesting light abnormalities in the basement, and
something turned their camera off in the dungeon. On the stage they
caught some bright orbs on camera. Visit their website for more
The Stockyards Paranormal Investigation team —
did an investigation on July 22nd, 2006. The came up with some
interesting, clear EVPs and insight from a medium they brought
along with them.
The dungeon area — The use of dousing
rods proved to be successful in the dungeon. An investigator was
tickled on the back of the neck, and some good org photos were
taken in this area. Other evidence was collected on the second
floor. Visit their website for more details.
The evidence gathered, together with the
eye witness accounts point to some entities in residence. The
entity of Ken Yandle still gets his chuckles by teasing the living,
perhaps regretting his hasty actions. It is possible that the
entity of W.E. Scott still visits on occasion, keeping a fatherly
eye on the living. Nothing much was shared about the female entity
or the children who call the theatre their home, but the EVPs point
to their existence.
stockyardsparanormal.com * The Phantom Hunters
fwculture.com/scott.htm * hauntedfortworth.tripod.com