Exploring Entertainment in Florida's 850 & Beyond
Two Locations to tour with a Ghost Investigation Team
1. Terror in the Theater Milton’s Haunted Imogene Halloween Attraction and Paranormal Investigation!
October 15, 2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
2. Fort Morgan After Dark Ghost Investigation and Historical Haunted Tour
September 24, Oct 22, and Oct 29, 2022 7PM – until
IMOGENE THEATRE EVENT:
The Imogene Theater, 6866 Caroline St., Milton, suffered heavy structural damage in January 2009 from a devastating fire but was rebuilt several years later. This does not prevent people from seeing a man walking on the balcony or the ghost of young Imogene Gooch, the daughter of the man who bought the theater in the 1920s and the building’s namesake. The location is rumored to be built on an Indian burial ground.
The Imogene Theatre is a small timely open stage theatre that was opened in October of 1913 by the president of Milton’s First National Bank. The president decided to open this new auditorium because four years prior to opening it, there was a great fire that destroyed most of Milton’s commercial district and the president felt a new auditorium was necessary. When the building first opened it was titled the Milton Opera House. The early shows that made it to the opera house were mostly made up of traveling shows and silent moving pictures, the very first being The Passion Play, a depiction of the life of Christ. By 1921, the opera house was bought out by Mr. Gooch and was renamed the Imogene Theatre, after his younger daughter. Sadly, Mr. Gooch died months after the purchase but the name stuck.
By 1938, the Imogene Theatre became the first building in Milton to have central air conditioning. With the increasing amounts of technology and the creation of sound and color films, the Imogene projected its screens with classic movies. Some of the popular are Gone With the Wind and the Wizard of Oz. While these pictures were being shown upstairs, the first floor was being used as a retail space and was even home to the Milton Post Office for about 30 years. The theatre closed down years later in 1946 when a newer theatre was opened up down the road and the first floor became vacant in 1980.
In the years to follow, the Imogene Theatre had become old and decrepit. With a failing roof and plaster peeling off the building, it looked like an end to the once great theatre. But, in 1985 the building was purchased by the Santa Rosa Historical Society. The building was then restored by the historical society, with the help of some state grants, and was reopened in 1987.
After almost 100 years after the original fire that inspired the creation of the theatre, Downtown Milton was struck by another fire that badly damaged the theatre in 2009. Luckily with the help of over seven fire departments, the fire was put out and the building was saved. Many saw this fire as a blessing, as it gave the historical society a chance to properly restore the theatre to how it looked when it first opened.
Since the Imogene has been fully restored and is open to the public. The first floor of the theatre is now utilized as a museum that tells of all the hardships and wonders that the theatre had faced in the past.
The second form is still used as a theatre with many different events. The Imogene now hosts swing dancing events, high school jazz concerts that are open to the public, and even some movie nights. This small two-story theatre is a great place for family fun and can even be rented out for private events. Located in the center of downtown Milton and across the street from the Blackwater River, the theatre is the perfect place for community outreach and entertainment.
6866 Caroline Street
Milton, FL 32570
850 941 4321
* Halloween Haunted House Attraction $15 (10 AM to 6 PM) Runs all day. Guests enjoy a spine-chilling mix of special effects, actors, costumes, story-telling, and exhilarating surprises blended with Imogene’s haunted history.
*Ghost Hunt $35 (7 PM to 11:00 PM): We will provide ghost hunting equipment, but feel free to bring your own! Audio equipment & digital cameras are allowed.
Fort Morgan Event:
There are many haunted places located throughout Alabama, including historic homes, cemeteries, restaurants, hospitals and more. One of the state’s most haunted places is Fort Morgan—a historic masonry star fort that’s located along the Gulf Coast at the mouth of Mobile Bay, Alabama.
The construction of Fort Morgan began in 1819 and was completed in 1834. Its unique star shape made it much easier to defend. When Fort Morgan was built, it was considered the “finest example of military architecture in the New World.”
During the Civil War, Fort Morgan experienced heavy fire. While the Battle of Mobile Bay took place, the Union set the fort on fire. This historic battle resulted in many deaths.
Fort Morgan has definitely seen its fair share of ghosts. One of the most haunted areas of Fort Morgan is the old barracks. In 1917, a prisoner committed suicide by hanging himself in the barracks of the fort. Since then, many people have reported hearing him cry during the late night hours.
Also, during the Civil War, a bomb went off in a room of the fort, killing many men. These men can still be heard screaming at night.
The ghost that many people are most familiar with is the one that belongs to a young woman. This woman was attacked sometime during the 19th century, and according to local lore, she still roams Fort Morgan looking for her attacker. All she wants is justice.
Fort Morgan is one of Alabama’s true hidden gems. If you’ve never visited this historic battle site, make plans to do so. You won’t be disappointed.
September 24,Oct 22, and Oct 29, 2022 7 Pm – until
Join the members of Second Sight Paranormal TV for an equipped Ghost and Paranormal Investigation at Fort Morgan, one of Alabama’s most haunted places
Featured on Discovery Channels Expedition X Series 4 Episode 5 “Ghost Fort of the Civil War”
We will provide ghost hunting equipment, but feel free to bring your own! Audio equipment & digital cameras are allowed.