A Haunting on Washington Avenue: The Temple Theatre

6.01 h 24 min201413+
Watch the terror unfold as paranormal investigators find themselves face to face with the restless spirits that inhabit the Historic Temple Theatre of Saginaw, Michigan. Witness the hair-raising journey unfold as the film crew explores hidden tunnels, captures shocking evidence, and validates claims that the old theatre is indeed haunted.
Steven T. Shippy
Steven T. ShippyProzakAdam Eugenio
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Joshua KuchtaKenneth KuchtaTim Rooney
Steven 'Prozak' ShippyBrian Dakota HeartEric KuchtaJoshua KuchtaKenneth Kuchta
Haunted Saginaw
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NibbledtodeathbyDucksReviewed in the United States on May 17, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
No, No, No...
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This goes for all of this series -- of course there are spiritual phenomena, I have always found it, let's say, intriguing, that a race of people that, broadly speaking, only uses about 20% of its intellectual abilities, with an infinite capacity for cruelty on every level from the grammar school lunch table to any given border, that believes in God as long as that God is as savage as their abusive relatives and as corrupt and manipulative as the clergy who falsely claim to represent Him, who not only wears CROCS, but with SOCKS, thinks it is the be all and end all of intelligent creation. No other life form anywhere else, no spiritual life before or after. So, yes, there are spiritual phenomena

And it deserves intelligent study and thought-provoking analysis. These "A Haunting" shows ain't it.

I don't doubt people have had experiences in these places, but these Swerski's Bar rejects with boys toys aren't verifying anything. So much I could say, but let me just bullet a few things. Every spot on this earth since its creation has hosted a dead body, has seen a tragedy. Ooh, they're in a funeral home, ooh, ten men were hanged out front, yeah, that you know about. Next, if Ida is still living in her home from when she was alive, she's in trouble and she needs your help. I don't care how house proud she was, no one would stay locked in an existence when they could move on to the next unless they needed help -- you're supposed to HELP them, not take advantage of them so you can get an EVP or get them on camera, which you never do. And you don't provoke them -- listening to professional autopsy cadaver Brian Harnois' profanity-laden tirades, give me a break. You are either going after a spirit that doesn't need more abuse, or fueling an evil one who just loves what you're doing and saying.

And the Episcopal priest, who I saw online may not even be an Episcopal priest, and who has passed on, gives the whole game away -- anyone who goes in to help a spirit and cast out whatever doesn't play those same idiotic games -- show yourself, are you here, touch this device. Just like all those stories from the life of Christ where He stands over the afflicted and says, can you see how many fingers I'm holding up, knock on this cypress tree one for yes, two for no.

People, if you just want to be titillated, there's a whole genre of filmmaking with your name on it, go and have a blast. But if you are looking for intelligent examinations of spiritual manifestation, stop giving credence and high ratings to garbage like these shows. Because the more you support garbage like this, the more you cheapen the science and the intelligence.
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Jersey LadyReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Little Substance Here
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If I could give no stars, I would. This group spent one night in the theatre; hardly time to do a thorough investigation. How much real research and documentation before or after filming did they do? There was only one lady interviewed who said she actually said she saw something while working there. They never followed up on that. Everything else was hearsay.
They said they were doing EVP sessions, but I don't recall them explaining what that is. They mentioned workers say an entity has a favorite seat, but they did not explain how they know that. Do they see it sitting there or what? The hard cuts from location to location made the video choppy and sometimes confusing. There was no wrap-up at the end explaining their findings.
They say they now have massive, profound evidence that the Temple is indeed haunted. What evidence? Creepy feelings, grainy pictures they say show apparitions, whispers the viewer can't hear they say are voices saying things like "Play with me.", second hand reports? Just too little substance here for this documentary to taken seriously.
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Horror GoddessReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining paranormal investigation
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Ok... I made the mistake of watching The Hell House first in this series. That film was so well done as far as story telling. The editing was on point, cutting investigative scenes in with the interviews of those that lived in the house and the community. The action never stopped and the film constantly moved forward. I now know that film was an anomaly in this series.

A place like the Temple Theater has such a rich history and there must be countless of people with experiences they could share. I wish this film had been done like Hell House. I expected more story telling. Instead, it was just another paranormal investigation.

Having said that, it was entertaining. I like that they cut between simultaneous investigations. It keeps the action moving forward rather than just waiting for something to happen. I also like the crew.

One thing this group does is explain why they are entering each room and provide a small amount of backstory about events that have happened there. A lot of the evidence is a stretch, but I don't expect much more than that at this point.

I don't know if I'll watch any more of this series. This is the third one I've seen. However, I can see why these have such great reviews in comparison to some of the other stuff out there.
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CJCReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2018
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My father had tons of stories to tell about the Temple Theatre
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My father grew up in Saginaw and spent hundreds of hours at the Temple Theatre. As a kid, he was there for matinees on Saturdays. He always said sitting in the balcony was scary. He felt the place was haunted and it was a dare to the boys as to who would go up there and watch the movies.
He also told me that most of them could not afford the 10 cent tickets so they would "pool" their pennies and one of them would pay at the box office and go inside. Shortly afterward they would quietly make their way to one of the exit doors and hold it open so the other boys go sneak inside to see the show. I am sure there were a lot of wonderful times spent there as kids trying to escape the woes of the depression and or even the war maybe. If any of these spirits had a good time there as a child why wouldn't they go back there from another dimension? I am just saying...
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Mr&MrsLongReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very much enjoyed it.
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After binge watching all of Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, Paranormal Lockdown ect, also waiting for Ghost Nation to start. I stumble upon this one and decided to give it a try. WE ARE GLAD WE DID! It gave me some crazy chills and goosebumps. I am so sorry for this Zak and the boys but these guys make ya'll look like cry babies. They don't shout "what was that" 10x while your trying to listen what was it. The videos they catch are a lot creepier, but enjoyable. I will still watch Ghost Adventures I still enjoy those guy and the other shows. But this one puts the icing on the cake, this one will be added to my Ghost shows and its one of my top favorites!
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MonsterZeroNJReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Routine but amusing paranormal investigation doucmentary
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Paranormal documentary has the members of the Seekers paranormal investigation team investigating the Temple Theater in Saginaw, Michigan. The nearly 100 year-old theater is said to be haunted and there are numerous eyewitness accounts and stories to substantiate the claim.

Documentary is directed by Seekers team leader Steven ‘Prozak’ Shippy, who is from Saginaw. Ironically, Shippy’s first documentary, A Haunting on Hamilton Street, made it’s premiere at the Temple. The documentary gets off to a bit of a slow start, but does pick up somewhat in the second half. Still, none of what we see, or hear, is anything new, or anything that we haven’t seen, or heard before, on countless paranormal investigative shows. Truth be told, the documentary is fairly uneventful aside from some typical random object movements, orbs, a few shadow figures and EVP messages, which are routine for this kind of material and too spaced out to make this consistently creepy. The setting has atmosphere, with the century old theater and it’s maze of passageways and the system of tunnels built beneath it, once used for bootlegging. Sadly, Shippy and his team, though, can’t conjure up anything really intense or scary, despite trying hard. There are a couple of spooky clips towards the end, but at that point, it’s too little and too late to make this the scary treat fans of this stuff look for. Entertaining, but nothing we haven’t seen before.

Personal Note: While this documentary didn’t thrill me, I also caught Shippy’s A Haunting in Saginaw, Michigan. Did it bring the chills and scares I was looking for this time? Review forthcoming!

-MonsterZero NJ
Britt ZReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is real paranormal investigation
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There's another theatre in Michigan called the Ramsdelle in Manistee which was very much built like this place was. It is also very much been observed as haunted. I've always wanted to take a dive into that place much like the crew here did but never happened. At least through this episode I got to get a glimpse of what it could have been like. Though a lot of people might complain that very little goes on here, that's just a tiny portion of how boring these investigations can go. You're bored from watching only 45 minutes of edited footage? Imagine how these guys feel just being there for hours on end. Not to mention having to sit down for hours watching and sifting through all the footage taken during that time can be mind numbing as heck. Paranormal investigation is more than just getting terrified, looking at the camera and talking a lot to entertain the audience (looking at you Ghost Hunters). It's just to prove or debunk a possible paranormal case. Sometimes, a place can be a bust depending on the environment and the credibility of witnesses involved. After watching this, I can tell that the majority of the activity at this place was residual: spirits that make no contact with people and just repeat their daily lives like nothing and to most that can be extremely frustrating since they don't really interact all that much outside of the objects they're used to. That's just a part of the game and for these guys to endure the task of investigating, sifting through evidence, and editing so many hours of footage is commendable. If you're looking for a no-holds-barred horror thrill ride, go watch Paranormal Activity. I'm living through these guys vicariously and whether or not the experience is boring or not, I still want to be there. Man I miss investigating. XD
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Susan F.Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Worth seeing if you like spine-chilling scares!
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It was so awesome to watch this movie while actually sitting inside of the Temple Theatre where this investigation took place! This was without a doubt one of my favorite films of the series---even though it's hard to pick a favorite! So much activity captured I had chills down my spine a few times! Once again, great job Steve and crew!
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