Halloween is just around the corner with this upcoming Friday being October 1st. To help get some spooktacular fun underway the Cheyenne Little Theater and Midnight West Productions will be hosting the Midnight West Fest, which is a film festival, along with guided ghost tours of the Historic Atlas Theater.
The Atlas Theater, which is said to be one of the most haunted places in Cheyenne, will be open for ghost tours for 3 days, October 1st-3rd. People will be taken on a tour through the parts of the theater that aren't typically opened to the public, and will listen to the ghost stories of the Atlas Theater. It's not only going to be a hair-raising time, but it should also be fairly educational. There is obviously a ton of history in that building. No telling what you may stumble upon.
The Midnight West Fest is also being held this weekend at the Atlas Theater , and they will be donating 15 percent of their ticket sales to the Cheyenne Little Theatre. For more information about the Midnight West Fest and ghost tours, go to midnightwestproductions.com
The Atlas Theater is a National Historic Landmark, having been built in 1887 and first being the host of a confection shop on the bottom floor, with offices on the second level. In 1908, it was converted to a theater in the growing and bustling frontier town of Cheyenne.
The building was a theater for a few decades, before being left abandoned for an indeterminate amount of time, transformed into a night club, and then back into its well-known form as the theatre we know today.
The Atlas is said to house at least two spirits. One is a woman that is seen often on the second floor. It is said that a woman dressed in white will be looking out the window and then disappear- even when the theater is closed.
The second one is a male energy that is described as a prankster, often disappearing and reappearing objects during rehearsals and playing jokes on those in the theater. The woman is more somber, with the legend that the two of them passed on after a devastating fire on the second floor decades earlier.
Another tragic turn in the theater's past came in the form of a true story of a mother and child who died of exposure in a particularly nasty winter while seeking shelter in the Atlas. Yet another story tells the tale of a preacher in the 1800s who found out that his wife was selling herself as a lady of the evening, killing her and then himself in a jealous rage.
Countless performers, employees, and visitors to the historic building have recounted tales of being in the presence of the other worldly occupants on more than one occasion. Don't miss your chance this upcoming weekend for your chance to perhaps get a glimpse of the ghosts of the Atlas Theater.