Ghosts of Washington

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Ghosts of Washington: October 28th


2023/10/28 20:00:00

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Join us for our first annual Ghosts of Washington event!

The Riverside Iowa Paranormal group is gearing up for an evening filled with a sound bath, classic horror flick, and paranormal investigation! The State Theatre venue in Washington, Iowa, is not only the world’s continually operating cinema theatre in the world but, it is rumored to still be home to vaudeville performers who never left the building so come find out for yourself and enjoy this incredible evening!

View below the event details!

Ticket Information:


General Admission: $50/person

(30-minute sound bath, classic horror flick & 1hr paranormal investigation in theatre)

VIP: $110/person

(Paranormal investigation at Victorian View w/ light appetizers + all benefits included with the GA tickets)

RIP Overnight: $420/3 person ticket/room

(Overnight accommodations at Victorian View for 3 people, FREE Tarot Reading + all benefits included with the GA & VIP tickets)

Schedule of Events:

Victorian View
6pm: Doors open for VIP guests
8-8:30pm: Paranormal Investigation

State Theatre
Half past Midnight: 30-minute sound bath
1am: Classic Horror Flick
2:20am: Paranormal Investigation
3:20am: Event concludes

Blair House: 7:30pm doors open for…
Tarot Card Reading (free-will donations)
Reki sessions
Gypsy Sisters

The State Theatre:

The Des Moines Register offers up some historical facts on this unique (and haunted) host venue. The State Theatre, formerly known as The Graham Opera House, is located at 123 East Washington Street. It has been in operation since May 14, 1897, according to Preservation Iowa’s story published in October 2016. It was certified as such by the Guinness Book of World Records in April 2016, the theater’s website says. Guinness even acknowledged that tickets for the first moving picture ranged from 15 to 35 cents. Bet that was nice. As you’d expect, though, the State Theatre has undergone extensive renovation over the years. In November 2010, a cigarette discarded in a trash can ignited a fire in the projection room and closed the theater, per a story from the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It reopened in April 2011, showcasing a new facade that mimicked the style of theaters in the 1940s.

The Victorian View:

Riverside Iowa Paranormal was the first to bring you access to the Victorian View. While quite active, little is known about the ghostly inhabitants that remain in this beautiful Victorian that was built in 1895. Inhabitants have reported shadow people and disembodied voices. There has been one reported tragedy that occurred on the grounds resulting in death. We are slowly peeling back the layers and you can help us figure out the puzzle pieces of this incredible historic home.

The Blair House:

Wikipedia is listed as the point of reference by the Blair House Non-Profit Corporation for the history of this property. The Blair House of Washington, Iowa, formerly used as the town’s City Hall, was built in 1881. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The building has served several different functions in its history. It was built as a private residence by a local financier and realtor Winfield Smouse. The Blair family lived here from 1882 to 1891, followed by C.J. Wilson. It then housed the Commercial Club from 1903 to 1926 and they added a gymnasium and club rooms on the south side. The building housed the Washington City Hall from 1926 to 1972. They added a larger front porch, and a fire station to the east side of the house and hung the fire bell in the tower. It is one of the few Victorian houses that remains in this area. The 2½ story structure follows an irregular plan. Its exterior is composed of brick and both the main block and the tower are capped with a mansard roof. Des Moines architect William Wagner said the Blair House is a “little gem-a miniature Terrace Hill”, a reference to the present Iowa Governor’s Mansion.