Scares that Care Film Festival
"The King Opera House: A Paranormal Documentary" has been official selected for the
"“Scares That Care!” to date has raised and donated over $120,000 to organizations that treat sick children and families with a child affected by illness, burns or women fighting breast cancer."
About this film
The King Opera House has a story like no other. It has an amazing history, but also a scary one. The King Opera is home to what seems to be not just one spirit, but many. Countless people have said they have seen a tall man in what seems to be 1920's clothes just disappear in thin air. Rumors have spread that a lady and a white dress roams the halls and has been seen in the mens bathroom. But it also seems that there is more than just the 2 spirits, as when preforming people have felt a dozen eyes looking at them in an empty theatre. This film will be one like no other. Gavin Webb and Diego Lane go in to see if this place is actually as haunted as people say.
A Film by Gavin Webb.
HISTORY OF THE KING OPERA
Found and Opened back in 1891, The King Opera House has been a staple of the Van Buren area. With it still being up and running for Broadway shows, movie premiers, and school plays. It might look like a normal theater to most, but it has a backstory like no other. Labeled as "One of the most haunted places in Arkansas", the story behind the hauntings starts all the way back in 1919, when a young actor who was part of a theater troupe was performing at the King Opera House. While in Van Buren he fell in love with the young daughter of the town doctor. It was a relationship the young girl's father would not approve of. The two planned to runaway together and went to the Van Buren Train Depot in hopes of fleeing the town. When the town doctor found out he became furious and took off in a horse and buggy for the train depot where it's said he whipped the young actor to death. Today, the tale has emerged into a legend surrounding Van Buren's King Opera House. Many former directors of the facility say the ghost of the young man wandered to the old theater where he remains today. Several former employees who have worked at the King Opera House say when they are alone they often feel like there's someone in the room with them. A former director with the Young Actors Guild, which in the past regularly performed at the King Opera House also said she once turned off the lights only to discover every light in the theater had turned on by itself the following morning. Others actually say they've seen the ghost of the young actor in person. The ghost is said to materialize, dressed in a top hat and Victorian style coat with a long cape, still longing to be with the young girl he fell in love with all those years ago. But that's not all because there have been reports of people seeing a lady in a white dress walking around as well and even seen red eyes lingering around the stage.
Gavin Webb and Diego Lane