A RECAP OF OUR FINDINGS AT THE

Thanks to those who joined us in Lewisville, IN on May 4 for an exciting night of ghost hunting!

A RECAP OF OUR FINDINGS AT THE

Thanks to those who joined us in Lewisville, IN on May 4 for an exciting night of ghost hunting!

WHY WE CHOSE GUYER OPERA HOUSE

For most people, the bright lights, compelling stories, and beautiful theater are enough to make the Guyer Opera House a destination but the stories we heard behind the glamor made it our next paranormal investigation event location. The tragic accidents, ghostly apparitions, and unexplainable theater guests have built up in this historic theater and today it’s said the spirits make their presence known. Do you have what it takes to pull back the curtain and investigate one of the most haunted theaters in the Midwest?

The Guyer Opera House has one audience member who doesn’t realize the show is over. Performers and those who work in the Guyer Opera House all tell a similar story of a man in a tall stovepipe top hat sitting in the audience when the house is closed to the public. Many people have caught sight of this man, but no one knows who he is or where he came from. Some say it’s the spirit of O.K. Guyer looking after the opera house, while others claim the spirit is there for more sinister reasons.

OUR GUESTS ENJOYED:

  • Meet and greet
  • Late night appetizers and refreshments
  • Evening ghost investigation with the Paranormal Dares team
  • A highly interactive evening

The Story of Paranormal

of Guyer Opera House

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MORE THAN 100 YEARS OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY

O.K. GUYER

When O.K. Guyer proposed building an opera house in Lewisville, he was met with some push back from the community. It was a huge undertaking for the small town, but Guyer was determined to see it through. He poured his heart and life into building the venue, but unfortunately never got to see it operate. A few months before the Guyer Opera House was set to open, Guyer himself passed at the age of 49. His ceremony was held in the opera house, and many people report still seeing him watch over the theatre to this day.

THE EXPLOSION

Theaters and opera houses of the time used gas lights to illuminate the stage for the audience. Unfortunately, these gas lamps were extremely dangerous and prone to explosions. One night, William Hickman was operating the plant after hours when an acetylene lighting plant exploded. The blast shook the building blowing out almost all of the windows in the theater and the windows of the building next door. Hackman was thrown through the door from the blast. When the building settled it was deemed that the Guyer Opera House was not safe for operation, and was closed. No one knows exactly why or how the lighting plant exploded. Are there mischievous spirits keeping a watchful eye on the shows at the Guyer?

THE ACCIDENT

The community grew to love the Guyer theater and many community events took place within its walls. During a Boy Scouts rifle demonstration in 1923, the gun accidentally went off in a room full of people. The bullet flew across the room and hit Newell Calpha, at the time just six years old, in the head and killed him almost instantly. Actors and actresses working in the theater report seeing the image of a small child wandering through the opera house. Could it be the spirit of little Newell?

FUNERAL HOME

Guyer knew that there were opportunities to make more money off of the Guyer Opera House through storefront retail space next door to the opera house. One of the businesses to take residence next to the Guyer was a funeral home. Although many businesses came and went from the space, stories tell of many active spirits said to be those of the people who lost their lives while the funeral home was there.

THE LOST YEARS

Growing concerns over the safety of the opera house caused the Guyer to close in 1949. It sat empty for 20 years before it was rediscovered by the city. Some locals think the time the opera house was closed made it the best place for spirits to rest. No more bright lights or crowds of spectators. The opera house was left uninhabited for years, with the only activity coming from the spirits who still resided there. As time went on, the house was mostly forgotten, destined to be another unused building from a period long ago forgotten.

THE SPIRITS

Today the bright lights are back and the theater sees community shows throughout the year. The staff and performers often talk about seeing a man in a stovepipe hat wandering around in the audience only to disappear before the show concludes. Others report hearing growling sounds, disembodied voices, and the owners of the opera house get a strange feeling in one of the rooms.

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YEARS OF HISTORY

1901

YEAR THE OPERA HOUSE OPENED AND O.K. GUYER DIED

20

YEARS THE GUYER SAT ABANDONED

OF OUR GHOST HUNT AT THE GUYER OPERA HOUSE

This is what you’ve been waiting for. The Guyer Opera House ghost hunt yielded a number of astounding results. It was an extremely active evening, and we are excited to share the story with you…

Guyer Opera House Ghost Hunt Recap

The Paranormal Dares investigation yields results that are as startling as they are spine-tingling.

This past weekend, the Paranormal Dares team led a ghost hunt at the Guyer Opera House in Lewisville, IN, and this opera house turned out to be the perfect location for a fun but frightening investigation.

Paranormal Dares investigators Keith Fournier and Jessica Angel said that after the event, guests were buzzing with excitement about their experience. Keith attributes the success of the event to the guests, whose varied tactics of exploration yielded what many guests thought to be some interesting potential evidence.

“People didn’t want to leave,” Keith said of the investigation. “We are really energized by the potentially unexplainable things participants reported throughout the evening.”

One of the famous ghosts rumored to haunt the Guyer Opera House is the spirit of a young boy named Newell Calpha, killed by a gunshot during a Boy Scouts demonstration. At the start of the evening, one of the guests at the event took the very seat where the boy was believed to have died, unbeknownst to her. Keith seized the opportunity to put an electromagnetic sensor in her hand early in the evening as he was distributing equipment to the audience. The guest kept reporting a feeling of discomfort and the meter in her hand kept going off.

In a side room of the opera house, used at one time as a funeral parlor, participants believed they were able to use a recording device to capture what sounded like a male voice with no explanation of where it may have originated.

Other reports throughout the evening varied, from people describing a chilling sensation that is often associated with the paranormal, to active device readings, to unexplained pebbly noises and strange sensations of being watched.

The truly spine-tingling recording of the night, however, was in the basement of the opera house. Using a special video recording device, participants spotted some irregular video footage over an empty chair. One of the guests felt that this entity could be the strange shadowy figure he had snapped in a photo at a time prior to the event. 

Using this same video technology, the Paranormal Dares team recorded footage of one of the guests sitting across from an empty chair, shown here. The large green presence on the left is one of the guests – you can see how the tracking technology assigns a stick figure to his movements. This guest is sitting across from an empty chair. The round, green mass you see on the chair is a balloon that was placed there to entice any possible interactions. Watch what happens at 0:26 when the video tracking technology starts to pick up some strange, unexplainable activity…

The Paranormal Dares team was thrilled with the outcome of the event, and the openness and energetic attitude of the many wonderful guests who joined the investigation.

“We had an incredible group of guests,” Keith said. “Everyone came up and told us they had fun, and we are absolutely talking to the venue about a return date.”

Is the Guyer Opera House officially haunted? Many of the participants leaving the event seemed to think so. The team at Paranormal Dares is glad everyone had a great time… and our hunt for hauntings continues at locations across the nation. Would you like to join an upcoming ghost hunt? Book tickets to an upcoming event, while supplies are available.

DO YOU DARE TO JOIN?

We dare you to come experience a ghost hunt or paranormal investigation with the Paranormal Dares team. The unknown is calling. Will you answer?