I was up in Ponca City a couple weeks ago for a magazine shoot that was to take the majority of the day. Over lunch a buddy and I walked down main street to check out the the Poncan Theatre. The theatre is one of the oldest buildings in Ponca and is really a gem of a theater. I’d heard it was haunted (isn’t every old building) but wanted to see the place for myself and shoot a few pictures if possible.
Man, it’s like stepping back in time! It looks like theatres are supposed to look… like you see them in Hollywood, you know what I mean? It has red velvet, gold trimmings, stained glass and even a balcony! How cool is that?!
When we told the owners what we were up to they were gracious and give us run of the place. “ Knock yourself out” the lady told me. So we did.
They I shot from the stage looking to the back of the house and from the back corner of the main floor (the picture above) to get the stage and the stained glass in the frame.
We shot the concession stand and then photographed the stair case that run to the balcony… Which are kind of dark and creepy but cool looking. I kept thinking about the ghosts that supposedly haunts the theatre… “People have reported hearing footsteps when nobody else is present, seeing people who disappear quickly afterwards. In the basement, some people have reported hearing the beating of an Indian drum nearby. Also, there is a stain in the ceiling that closely resembles blood. People have made every effort to remove it: washing it, painting over it, etc. But it always comes back after a few days”.
Well I didn’t see any ghosts or blood that day but I could easily see if I were a ghost that this grand old lady of a theatre would be where I would want to rattle my chains!
Stop by if you’re in Ponca. It’ll be the best lunch you’ve had in a while…Rip