The Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn has a rich history dating back to the early Dutch settlers who founded the area. Throughout its long history, Flatbush has been home to many different people, and has seen its fair share of both good times and bad. Some people believe that the ghosts of the past still haunt the streets of Flatbush, and there are many stories of supernatural encounters in the area. In this article, we’ll explore whether or not Flatbush is truly haunted.

Melrose Hall was Creepy

Melrose Hall, once located in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, was known for its eerie, haunted reputation, including hosting secret passages, hidden staircases, and mysterious disappearances.

Colonel Axtell – (c) Wikipedia

The large mansion was built in 1749 by an Englishman named Lane, who was banished from his homeland for his wild lifestyle. After Lane’s death, the house was purchased by Colonel William Axtell, a loyalist to the British crown who was also known for his love of partying.

Colonel Axtell, was said to have been visited by the ghost of a dark lady, and the mansion’s haunted chamber is rumored to be where a woman named Isabella died from starvation. Despite its eerie past, the mansion remains standing and is currently undergoing renovations.

During Axtell’s residency, the story of a doomed love affair and a hidden chamber above the ballroom, where a young woman named Alva was kept hidden and eventually starved to death, became a popular legend. The story was immortalized by actress and author Anna Cora Mowatt, who lived in Melrose Hall and wrote about her experiences in the house.

Today, the mansion is no longer standing, but its eerie history lives on in the tales of its ghosts and secret chambers.

The Haunted Loew’s Kings Theater in Flatbush

The Loew’s Kings Theatre, built in 1929, was one of the most luxurious theaters in the United States. Designed by Rapp & Rapp with interior design by Harold W. Rambusch, it was one of the five original “Loew’s Wonder Theatres” intended for both movies and live performances. The theater officially opened on September 7th, 1929 with the screening of Evangeline, followed by live performances from Wesley Eddy & His Kings of Syncopation, The Chester Hales Girls, and Frills and Fancies. Located in the thriving arts and shopping district of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, the theater was a popular destination for many years.

Restoration of the Loew’s Kings Haunted Theater

After falling into disrepair, the theater has undergone a $95 million restoration project to return it to its original 1929 design. Plaster and painting schemes have been restored, vintage carpet and seating have been recreated, and historic lighting fixtures have been renovated and re-installed. New, modern building systems have also been added, including new HVAC, expanded restrooms and concessions facilities, and improved staging and dressing rooms. Upon completion, the restored theater will be able to host the finest performing arts attractions.

The restoration of this former movie palace marks the revival of a historic venue and the transformation into a state-of-the-art live performances theater. It is expected to revitalize the Brooklyn arts scene and provide an economic boost to the Flatbush Avenue business district and the surrounding region.

The spirit of a long-time theater attendee is said to haunt the Loew’s Kings Theater in Flatbush, New York.

According to local legend, the ghostly figure of the theater attendee can often be seen wandering the halls of the empty theater, as if still looking for the perfect seat to enjoy a performance. Some people have even reported seeing the ghostly figure sitting in the audience, watching the nonexistent performances with a contented look on its face.

Many people who have visited the theater claim to have felt a sense of unease in the presence of the ghost, as if it were watching them intently. Some have even reported hearing the ghostly sound of applause coming from the empty seats, as if the spirit were enjoying a show that only it could see.

“I saw a woman enter the auditorium of the Kings Theater and take a seat behind me on my left-side. A moment later I felt a gust of cool air, as if the air had kicked-in. When I turned my head, the woman was gone. So was the chill.”

Patrick A. Murphy, a Loew’s Kings Theater showgoer

Despite these eerie encounters, many people are drawn to the Loew’s Kings Theater because of its rich history and reputation as a hub of supernatural activity. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, there’s no denying that the spirit of the theater attendee adds an element of mystery and intrigue to the old movie palace.

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Summary

Colonel William Axtell was a British loyalist who lived in the late 18th century. He is known for his residency in Melrose Hall, a large mansion in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. According to legend, Axtell was visited by the ghost of a dark lady, and the mansion’s haunted chamber is rumored to be where a woman named Isabella died from starvation.

Axtell was also rumored to have built secret chambers and dungeons in the mansion to hide his Tory friends and imprison American patriots during the Revolutionary War. Despite his reputation, little is known about Axtell’s life outside of his association with Melrose Hall.

The Loew’s Kings Theater in Flatbush, New York is known for its rich history and reputation as a hub of supernatural activity. Despite undergoing a restoration project to return the theater to its original 1929 design, the spirit of a long-time theater attendee is said to still haunt the halls of the theater.

Many people who have visited the theater have reported feeling a sense of unease in the presence of the ghost, as well as hearing the ghostly sound of applause coming from the empty seats. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the Loew’s Kings Theater remains a fascinating destination for those interested in the supernatural and the history of Brooklyn.


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Anthony Long is the Chief Ectoplasm Officer of the Brooklyn Paranormal Society.

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