The Springer Opera House is a historic live performance theater built by businessman Francis Joseph Springer and is located in downtown Columbus, Georgia. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and named a National Historic Landmark in 1978. It certainly has no shortage of spirits, either as it was recently named as one of the “Ten Most Haunted Places in America.” There are orbs, cold spots, slamming doors, and apparitions experienced on a very regular basis. There’s the ghost who finds missing wardrobe pieces and leaves them in plain sight; and the ghost who appears briefly center stage. Many report to hearing children laughing and seeing glowing green light coming from areas in the basement, dressing rooms, and the 3rd floor, where the hotel was located. There has also been reports of “scraping” sounds being heard in the hallways of the 3rd floor, following by foul smells the next day. A small child’s face has even been photographed in the dressing room during a performance which included many children, some believing the child to have been brought out by the other children’s laughter.
The most famous and frequent visitor is the spirit of Edwin Booth, renowned Shakespearean actor and brother of John Wilkes Booth. Booth freely travels the old theater, where he has appeared on stage, in the box seats and the lobby where his portrait still hangs. It is even rumored the shadow of Edwin Booth helps out during productions by moving stage props and has been known to reach out and tap an unsuspecting patron on the back.