ORPHEUM THEATRE, SIOUX FALLS
The Orpheum Theatre in Sioux Falls is said to be home to a ghost known as ‘Larry’. The historic theatre was built in 1913 and was sold to the Sioux Falls Community Playhouse in 1954.
It was around this time that Larry first started to make his presence known! The new owners stumbled on an old and very ornate casket in the theatre’s boiler room, but when they returned to clean out the room it was gone!
This became the norm around the theatre with strange objects appearing and disappearing at random.
In 1959, things stepped up a gear. An actor called Ray Loftesness spotted the figure of a man bathed in a blue-green light who was standing on the balcony pointing at him. He then felt a blast of cold air before being knocked unconscious by a falling sandbag – twice!
Larry has also manifested as a shadow man in photographs from time to time. Nobody knowns doe sure who Larry is, he was just given that name at some point.
There is one popular tale which suggests that he could be an actor who disappeared in the middle of a dress rehearsal. Apparently, his cast mates heard a gunshot in the light booth and went to investigate finding a pool of blood, but nobody!
Whether or not this is a true story, one thing can be agreed upon by most – Orpheum Theatre is one of the most haunted buildings in South Dakota!