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Hobmann's Haunts: Gaslight Melodrama Theater

Posted at 8:37 AM, Oct 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 11:37:36-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — For the final Hobmann's Haunts, Ghost Hunter Missy Bennett and 23ABC'S Kallyn Hobmann decided to see what they could find inside the Gaslight Melodrama Theater.

"Very often I’m here by myself working in the office and there are just noises that run rampant throughout this place. Oftentimes I’ll hear doors opening and closing, thinking people have walked in and no one is around. I’m constantly jumping up going, “Hello? Who is it?” and nobody’s there," said theater owner Michael Prince.

He said as of just a few weeks ago, the theater began to experience some spine-chilling events. Stage backdrops were donated to them from Knott's Berry Farm.

“I don’t know if bringing those into the building brought some of those other spirits with them," said Michael.

A costume rack suddenly fell on its own, even though it was bolted into the wall.

“It’s never happened in the 15 years that we’ve been here and it was just costumes scattered everywhere," said Michael.

But Michael said he does think the ghosts in the theater are friendly.

“We’ve even named them. You know, there’s Sampson. There’s Morty. Noah will show up every now and then," he said.

Missy set up cameras, digital voice recorders and used an electromagnetic field detector.

“We’re not here to ask you to leave. They’re very happy that you’re here actually. We just want to make contact," she said.

When we went behind the curtain and turned off the lights, Missy felt something brush her ankle but nothing was there.

“That was weird."

We went inside the dressing room where the costume rack fell but nothing wanted to be seen or heard. Backstage, we used Missy’s spirit box and it didn’t seem to be picking anything up until we were saying goodbye.

Watch the above video to hear what happened.

Not much else happened after that, but it was still worth the visit.

"It was a great investigation. Fun place to be," said Missy.