The Avalon Theater - Haunted History in Easton

The historic Avalon Theater on Dover Street in downtown Easton, MD was proclaimed as the "Showplace of the Eastern Shore" since shortly after it was built in 1921.

Today, this magnificently restored, Art Deco style performing arts center features live entertainment year-round. The theater has an orchestra section and a two-tiered balcony level. In full concert, the Avalon can hold 400 people, and all seats are GOOD seats.

Performances can range from folk music, Celtic dancers, stage plays, ballet, and single acts such as Nancy Griffith, Leon Redbone, Joan Baez, The Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Leo Kotke, Cheryl Wheeler, Lucy Kaplansky, and the Four Tops.

For more information and a calendar of performances, check out the Avalon Theater's website. Consider spending the evening in Easton, dining at one of the outstanding restaurants before taking in a show at the Avalon, which is conveniently located in the heart of a premier historic small town. Restaurants, shops, galleries, museums and lodging - all located downtown - are within walking distance.

The Avalon Theater has had a resident ghost for decades according to some Eastonians. The ghost evidently likes to ride the elevator. Late at night workers still in the theater after events will report hearing the elevator door open, lights come on, and the elevator rising to the second or third floor on its own. They say it later makes its way down again with no one visibly on board. Spooky!


  1. The Avalon must have a ghost. I was decorating the stage for a SummerFame performance in 2008, and the fire curtain came down. People who had worked there for 10 years claimed they had never seen it before, and had no idea how or why it came down. There were several people on the stage, but no one was backstage at the time. Very spooky!

  2. Love it, Barbara. I spoke with a few workers at the Avalon that had some strange experiences, but this is the first I've heard of the fire curtain coming down. Thanks for the comment.

  3. I interviewed a ghost hunter yesterday for the Furnace Town event at the end of the month. I'm no believer, but I have learned that credibility and delivery go hand in hand. The thing about ghost stories is we have a predetermined sense of how they should go. All last night I was thinking that, as many as I've heard, the ones that've stayed with me followed the pattern. It's not so much about the tone as the pacing. You always deliver these kinds of stories well because you have a sense of structure, rather than a list of scary events.

  4. Tony, thanks so much for the comment and the kind words about my writing. I'm intrigued by ghost stories, but more love history more. Stories of the past are so interesting to me.

  5. I think that's the point, structure and substance are both important. When people fail to realize that it takes the wind out of the phenomenon.

  6. Theatre emerged from myth , ritual, and ceremony. Early societies perceived connections between certain actions performed by the group or leaders in the group and the desired results of the whole society. These actions moved from habit, to tradition, and then on to ceremony and ritual.


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