Abbeydale Picture House 19th March 2005
We arrived at Abbeydale at 8pm. After doing an interview
with the press and a media student from Sheffield Uni we
made sure everyone was there and decided on a plan of action.
Carl (the representative from Friends of Abbeydale) took
us for a walk around the building and told us some of its
We then congregated in the main auditorium where Brenda
gave a short talk. We then took another walk around the
building to see what Brenda and Mike could pick up on.
After a quick look in the dressing room area we walked
through to the balcony, both Brenda and Mike got the sense
of a woman following them and trying to push past them to
see what was going on, John experienced back pain and Daniel's
torch bulb blew. We carried on walking round the building
and recongregated in the main auditorium. We split into
two groups and Brenda and Micks group went to the cellar.Brenda
wandered into the area where she was afterwards told they
stored the films, she picked up on a man with bronchitis
who spent a lot of time down there. She said there had been
shelves around the room with round boxes stored on them
(film cans?). There was a skeleton prop in this area that
caused some amusement.
We went back up to the dressing room toilet area. This
area felt a bit 'odd' (apparently an actress had committed
suicide in this area) Mike and Brenda felt a woman here
and said this was the same woman that they had felt on the
balcony. She was about 5ft, in her 20's, dressed in 1930's
style clothing. Jean picked up on a child in the backstage
area, a girl. Dave also picked up on something. Mike picked
up on a boy aged about 11 or 12 (young boys ere used to
fix the counterweight for the back cloth). Brenda had felt
that a child, a boy, had fallen but was not sure where from.Mike
and Dave picked up on a man with a leather apron, white
shirt and short hair coming up behind them.
In one of the upper rooms (where the water tank is) Brenda
and Mike smelt charcoal burning, this was also experienced
by other members of the group.
We moved to the balcony area where Brenda thought she saw
a woman stood at the end of the corridor. It felt exceptionally
cold but the thermometer only read 8.5%. The upper auditorium
was the next place we went into, we all sat down on the
steps to see if we could capture anything on camera or pick
anything up. A few orbs were visible on the video but with
people moving about these could probably be attributed to
dust particles. Brenda picked up on a woman and just as
she was starting to go into trance a man appeared and said
his name was 'Jack from Abbeydale picture house' he then
disappeared down the steps towards the lower auditorium.
Everyone stared at each other thinking that they had just
seen their first full manifestation of spirit.Carl went
to investigate and returned to tell us that it was actually
a living person who was to do with the Abbeydale group.
(D**n! that's the James Randi million dollars down the pan
again). The woman that Brenda was picking up on had a bad
scar on her face. Mike also picked up on a similar thing
and thought that it was probably burn scars. Brenda felt
that the girl was not an actress but probably a dresser
to one of the actresses. She had wanted to be an actress
but this was not possible because of her scars. The camcorder
went out of focus. Mike got the name of Lionel who was about
10 or 11 years old, he was very excited as he had been brought
to the picture house as a birthday treat. He had a round
face, brown hair and grey long shorts. Mike felt that he
had fallen on the steps on the balcony and hit his head
and neck on the balcony edge ( there was no metal rail there
at this time). Although this did not kill him, he died later
as a result of his injuries (a blood clot).
Brenda picked up a woman with high, pronounced cheek bones
who may have had a 'hare lip'. Light brown hair, 1930's
she was with someone who performed there.
We moved along to the other side of the balcony. On the
opposite side of the balcony there were two round windows,
a few of us thought they saw something between them. On
the video tape there is a misty shape between the windows.
Whilst in the cellar Brenda picked up on a man in a leather
apron who would have used some kind of acid (to do with
We held a further vigil in the lower auditorium but nothing
was picked up on.
All in all a very interesting building.