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The Northeast Oklahoma Research Society recently investigated the old Constantine theater in Pawhuska, OK.
The team managed to capture anomalous sounds and shadows on tape, but nothing that they claim as solid evidence came out of it. The EVPs include faint moanings, tappings and whooping, whipping sounds.

It was nice of them to upload their findings onto their website, check it out:

Paranormal investigation at Constantine Theater reveals findings
By THOMAS BERGER J-C Staff Reporter

The Constantine Theater in downtown Pawhuska once having hosted Vaudeville acts, silent movies, operas and original showings of movie classics such as “Gone with the Wind,” is now said to host ghosts. In fact, it is one of the top haunted sites in Oklahoma.

People have reported hearing the sound of opening and closing doors, footsteps going up and down the stairs and once reported was a mist seen drifting in the crawl tunnel underneath the theater’s stage.

Because of the strange experiences at the building, it has been investigated a number of times, with some of the investigations resulting in recordings of footsteps, a gunshot followed by a gasp and laborious breathing.

Originally built around 1880 as the Pawhuska House Hotel, the building was purchased by Greek immigrant Charles Constantine in 1910. He then renovated the building and turned it into the theater it is today.

“The first time we came here we walked in and we go, ‘Wow!’” said the co-founder of Northeast Oklahoma Research, speaking of the elegant Greek d/cor of the theater. He identified himself as Dustin and refused to disclose his surname to the Journal-Capital.

Dustin and his team of investigators from N.O.R.S. conducted an investigation on the theater on May 23 and from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. took approximately 40 hours worth of video and audio recordings focusing much of the equipment on the stage where most reports of paranormal experiences seemed to have their source.

N.O.R.S. returned to the theater Saturday evening to present their findings. to the public.

“The things on the Internet have been people walking across the stage during a bar room brawl kind of setting — hear glass breaking,” he told the dozen people in attendance at the presentation. “We didn’t experience that.”

He said the team did, however, have some findings but the events didn’t seem to occur on the stage as they had anticipated. Rather occured around the boardroom.

“The boardroom above the lobby ended up being a very interesting place,” he said, adding he regretted focusing the most highly sensitive equipment on the stage. He said if he were to do it over, he would put it in the boardroom. “That is were we had some experiences. That is where we heard someone walking up and down the stairs. It’s not disturbing its just a little awkward.”

He said the video evidence, although capturing some dark movements and shapes was overall not so impressive, but that rather it was the audio that was especially interesting.

He played audio clips of odd whooping, whipping sounds, and then later a knocking or tapping sound.

Then he played a recording of a whisper from what sounded like a male saying “Where is she?” He said the team members before the investigation agreed to speak at normal tones during the recording and if they accidently whispered, to tell the other team members and to log the instance so as not to mistake it as a paranormal event.

Dustin then played a clip of someone whispering “Peter, I was right here when the store closed.”

“Nobody that was with us is named Peter or rhymes with Peter. That is what we thought what interesting,” said Dustin. “We heard Peter clearer than anything.” He said team members debated whether the voice said “door” or “store” but the name Peter was clear. “So that was a little awkward.”

Dustin told the group at the presentation that he later learned a gentleman by the same name worked for Constantine from 1921-1923.

Full source: Pawhuska Journal

  • Garrett Hartness

    I am the historian for the Constantine theater at this time and would just like to say that I appreciate all the interest in the theater whether it be spiritual or historical if I can answer any questions you can call me personally at (918)-287-2666.

  • bellaboo

    i have a question:

    does the theater’s owner earn money in any way by its being considered “haunted” ?

  • Stephanie

    Me and my family lived in Pawhuska for breif time and I have to say in my opion No the owner of the Constantine theater does not make money for the place being haunted! In the three years we lived there we had no idea it was full of spirits! I wish the owner did advertise its hauntings! I would love to stay the night there! One more thing I have to say, Pawhuska is a really beautiful town with some of the most kind hearted people I know and we miss it dearly!

  • anon

    I went to see Peter and the Wolf there on a field trip when I was in grade school. As I was sitting in my seat one of my braids was pulled, hard. I turned around instantly but there was nothing but empty rows of seating.
    Sitting there waiting for when we would be able to leave was agony.