The Victoria Pavillion (Winter Gardens) was built in 1897 as part of an extension to the original Winter Gardens (now demolished) and is renowned to be very haunted.
The theatre staged its last performance in 1977. It was externally restored in the mid 1990s and has since been taken over by the Friends of the Victoria Pavillion.
The theatre closed in 1977 and was restored externally in the mid 1990s.
It is said that the stage in the main auditorium is one of the most haunted places in the Gardens. People on one side of the stage are sometimes pushed, slapped, poked and harassed by an unseen force. The ghost of a seamstress who aspired to one day become a professional dancer and failed to achieve that most elusive fame is said to still haunt one of the dressing rooms of the auditorium. There are also other ghosts in the bar and in the many stairwells.
Shadows have been seen moving across the stage and several people have reported at the same time seeing a man on various occasions. From the higher area of the theatre, it is said that the ghostly shadow of a young boy can be often seen running across the side of the theatre.
Several paranormal investigators who have been to the building, reported that they were able to record several EVP’s or electronic voice phenomenon. They have also reported seeing footprints in areas of the building where nobody has been, as well as hearing strange sounds and voices.
People have said that while they were in the building they could hear footsteps following them around, as well as the sound of men howling in torment.