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ABC Cinema Paranormal Investigation
- An overview by Neil Trigger
It began as things like this tend to - with a few spooky events disconnected
with the place we were planning to visit.
A light bulb blew in my living room, which, in itself would not be too
strange - light bulbs blow all the time right? In the home of Mark Williamson,
one of the Managers of Magic2k and an electrician by trade, the living
room lights began to flicker. The BBC cameraman in attendance, Johnny
Rutherford, revealed later (without prior prompting or communication about
this matter) that a light had blown in his own house, but just put it
down to bad installation of the bulb. However it did set the scene nicely.
It was probably the coldest day of the year so far. 2005's first heavy
snow fall, with hundreds of people in Cornwall being stranded - a fitting
beginning for a paranormal investigation.
Magic2k, in conjunction with the Evening
Herald set out to investigate strange goings on at Plymouth's ABC
cinema, one of the oldest buildings in the South West's war-ravaged city.
The ABC Cinema stood during the Blitz, but in those days was known as
"The Grand Theatre". Many great actors and actresses have played
there. Since the war, the Grand became a cinema and still houses one of
the original pipe organs used for silent films (though it's sadly un-playable).
Because of the longevity of the building and the multitude of people
passing through the doors, we were hopeful that there would be some good
activity there, but what we saw, felt and heard, when far beyond what
From an initial tour around the property with one of the three mediums,
readings and impressions were beginning to come in thick and fast.
Whispering was heard on the staircase to one of the screens and 3 males
were being communicated with by the use of a crystal pendulum, with the
promise that they would manifest phenomenon later that night. We were
Later in the evening, we held a pitch-black vigil in screen 2, reportedly
the more "active" screen. We were only sat for mere moments
before spirit lights or orbs bagan to shoot across the curtain which hung
in front of the cinema screen. These lights continued through what was
to happen next.
Calling out, Loreen, one of the mediums recieved impressions of a young
girl called Jessica who was scared of a more sinister man. Loreen suggested
that Jessica was able to cause the icy blasts, whistling sounds, whisperings
and singing that were experience by every member of the group. There were
bangs in the locked projection room, though nobody was allowed access
to it and some of us even felt something touch us on our arms, back, neck
and hands. Even the most ardent skeptics would be hard-pushed to dismiss
all of the evidence that was received by the group in this short space
of time, many of us saw a small girl walking toward us, shooting off soft
"sparks like glitter".
One female participant saw a "bright white light energy floating
gently up the isle, she was wearing a bonnet and looked beautiful. She
disappeared via the exit behind us, where people had reportedly seen orbs".
The table tipping experiment which we conducted in screen 1 was sadly
unsuccessful, but this proved to me that the team was reliable enough
as not to manifest anything which was not there. We were all prepared
to accept that it did not work, without feeling it necessary to artificially
produce some mock-evidence. We felt that this strengthened the evening.
All in all it was a very enjoyable evening. Whether ghosts exist or not,
my opinion has changed and that some things which I thought could be easily
explained as trickery or hallucination can, at times, prove a little harder