The Theatre of the Lost Souls

  • Place:
    The Virginia Theatre 186 S State Street, Shelley, ID
  • Days Open:
    September 30th, October 1st, October 7th and 8th, October 13th to 31st
  • Hours:
    Mon-Thurs: 7pm to 9:30pm, Fri-Sat 7pm to 11pm, Oct 21st-22nd & 28th-29th 7pm to 1am, Oct 31st 7pm to 10pm
  • Price:
    $9 Mon - Thurs, $10 Fri - Sat ($10 on Halloween night- mon the 31st)
  • Warning:
    not recommended for kids under 10! no running, limited vision, crawling, tunnels, climbing, leave loose items in car
  • Notes:
    Tickets are sold at the door, we take cards!

The Virginia Theatre was built 100 years ago by a fan of picture films. It’s modern equipment and elaborate scale seemed out of place in a small town like Shelley, but it never seemed out of place to the community. Many people remember seeing older movies there with friends and working there.

But the theatre still has a long and mysterious history, and has gone through many different owners over the century. One of these owners includes a bearded man who used to house venomous snakes and spiders in it before he mysteriously vanished.

In the 1990’s the theatre was closed due to construction hazards, but was renovated and reopened to show community plays and host events. During the Halloween season it hosts our very own “The Theatre of the Lost Souls!” The perfect setting for a Haunted Attraction; the theater still has a lot of it’s original housing such as the old stage and molding, the lightbox room and even the old coal furnaces under the stage.

Its old age is not all that makes this theater creepy, there are plenty of local stories that leave people convinced it is ACTUALLY haunted. Not too far into running our attraction, our volunteers, friends and even some guests started reporting their ghostly sightings.

There have been sightings of dark shadows, a little girl in white, a tall man with a beard, and an old lady sitting in an auditorium chair. People have also reported hearing strange whispers, and crashes and seeing bright orbs caught on film. Do you dare visit amongst all these other ghostly visitors?