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Ghosts of Orange County: 7. Fox Theater

To celebrate Halloween, Rancho Ortega Blog is counting down the ten most haunted locations in Orange County.  If you missed any of our earlier installments, you can find them at the links below:

10. Katie Wheeler Library and the “Lady in Blue.”

9.  John Wayne and the Wild Goose Yacht

8. Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm

We now take you to Fullerton for our 7th most haunted location in Orange County.


7. Fox Theater (Fullerton)

For over 80 years, the Fox Theater inhabited a prominent spot in the downtown Fullerton business district.  Originally commissioned by Stanley Chapman, the Fox Fullerton was designed by the same architect who designed Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.  It was opened in 1925 as one of the Fox-chain of luxury theaters, but it was sadly closed in 1987.  The Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation is working to raise funds to renovate the old theater so it may again serve as a cultural institution in Fullerton.  The Fox Theater is haunted by at least a couple well-documented ghosts.

Fox Theater in Fullerton

The first Fox ghost is that of a child named Sara.  Sara is a benevolent spirit with a kind energy who resides in the theater.  She is rumored to be the daughter of a vaudeville-era performer.  How she died and why she inhabits the theater is unknown, but her presence is generally deemed friendly by those who encounter her.

On the other hand, if you ever find a dime in the third row of the theater—do not pick it up!  The dime represents the ghost of a Depression-era hobo who is rumored to have died while squatting in the theater one night.  (Bones were found in a long-forgotten basement.  Some believe the bones are those of this hobo.)  Anyone who picks up the dime will unwittingly bring this ghost home with them and will no doubt experience a restless evening as the hobo shacks up with them for the night before returning to the theater the next morning, looking for his next host.  This hobo ghost has been known to be harassing, although not particularly malicious.

Below is a video about the effort to restore the Fox Fullerton:

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