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Tampa Bay’s Most Haunted Places

October 25, 2012 6:00 AM

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The city of Tampa has been called “the damnedest city this side of Hell.” This Halloween, ditch those goofy haunted houses and take a real ghost tour at any of these famous historic sites. Bring your camera because you never know if you might be the one to show off the next viral ghost video.


Loews Don CeSar Hotel

3400 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
(727) 360-1881
www.loewshotels.com/Don-CeSar-Hotel

The Don CeSar Hotel, built in 1928 by Thomas Rowe, has the reputation of being the most haunted hotel in Tampa Bay. Thomas Rowe built the hotel as a tribute to his long-lost love, Lucinda. It is said that his spirit can be seen haunting the halls in search of her. The guided tour includes tales of sightings and other reports of paranormal activity and ends with a complimentary drink and salad at the Don CeSar’s outdoor Sea Porch Café.

The Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn
1915 Republica de Cuba
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 241-4545
www.donvicenteinn.com

The Don Vicente, nicknamed “Hotel Hell” because of the frequency of ghostly sightings, has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “The Dead Files” as one of the most haunted places in the United States. Built in 1895, this building has a long history and has been used as both a hospital and a medical clinic. Given its past usage, it’s safe to say that innumerable people have crossed over from this world into the next — or just decided to stick around and haunt the hallways. You don’t have to spend the night to experience the Don Vicente, you can also sign up to take a guided ghost tour.

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The Cuban Club
2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 248-2954
www.thecubanclub.org

The Cuban Club was built in 1917 and has been dubbed “One of the Top 10 Most Haunted Places in the U.S.” by the Travel Channel. There are two known deaths that took place on the property dating as far back as the 1920s. An actor committed suicide on stage and a board member was murdered as a result of an argument with another board member. Both spirits are said to haunt the building but there have been dozens of reported sightings of other ghostly beings as well.

Tampa Theater
711 N. Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 274-8981
www.tampatheatre.org

The Tampa Theater is home to a handful of disembodied regulars but the most popular ghost is a deceased former projectionist, Foster Finley, nicknamed “Fink,” who died of a heart attack in 1965. According to reports, “Fink” devoted much of his life to the Tampa Theater and loved it so much that he made it his eternal resting place. He now spends his days floating across the movie screens, stealing odds and ends and playing pranks on the people who work there. The staff take it in stride and most don’t mind his presence.

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Britton 8 Movie Theater
Britton Plaza
3938 S. DaleMabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33611
(813) 839-1600
www.britton8.com

The hauntings at the Britton cinema are somewhat of an unsolved mystery. The building doesn’t have a tragic or even remotely remarkable history but nevertheless, ghost sightings have been reported — perhaps because the spirits just like to watch movies. Both employees and guests have reported unusual occurrences, such as doors in the ladies’ room opening and closing and toilets flushing for no apparent reason. Voices have also been heard in the hall and multiple apparitions have been seen on the balcony and near auditorium #3.

Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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