In 1965, projectionist Foster “Fink” Finley collapsed at the Tampa Theatre and later died of a heart attack. Fink dedicated 30 years of his life to running the projectors at the historic theatre, and the devoted employee is said to haunt the building to this day. Strange events at the theatre include unexplained sounds in the projection room, doors opening and closing by themselves, and the strong smell of shaving cream. Employees and guests have also spotted a wispy woman in white sitting in the auditorium.
The University of Tampa, Plant Hall
The University of Tampa’s Plant Hall was once the Tampa Bay Hotel, a 500-room facility that once housed the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, Sarah Bernhardt, Babe Ruth and the Prince of Wales. Now, dozens of ghostly legends surround the historic wing of UT, including that of the Brown Man, a red-eyed figure dressed in a three-piece brown suit. Visitors also notice strange sounds such as furious whispers, the clatter of rolling dice, and the chatter of long-gone servants.
Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn
Built in 1895, the Don Vicente Inn was once a hospital that served thousands of men and women in the Tampa Bay area. It’s now a trendy hotel. Eerie events at the Don Vicente include an apparition in Room 305, a ghostly nurse in the basement, unexplained footsteps on the stairs, and faucets that turn on and off. The Travel Channel’s Dead Files investigated the hotel for an episode titled “Hotel Hell.”
The Cuban Club
Located in the heart of Ybor City, the Cuban Club was once a meeting space for Bay area Cubans. Legend has it the 96-year-old venue is now home to more than a few ghosts, including an actor who committed suicide on stage and a board member murdered on the property. A ghostly woman in a white dress and red heels reportedly climbs up and down a set of stairs. Other oddities include a piano that plays by itself and the sound of a woman’s wails. TAPs investigated the site for an episode titled “Club Dead” and proclaimed the building haunted.
Swope, Rodante P.A.
The building that houses the Swope, Rodante law firm is over 116 years old and was once the home of the Tampa Florida Brewery. Legend has it the ghost of a drunken man still roams the historic property, spooking workers with his dark mutters and laughs. Some say the man was a brewery patron who fought, and died, over a mug of beer.
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