To the northeast of Allaire Village, experts say ghosts still roam the halls and back corners of the old Paramount Theatre, which was built in 1930 after a 1927 fire destroyed a portion of Asbury Park's boardwalk. The theater is also at the same spot where Boni Bates, founder of the Garden State Ghost Hunters, said a makeshift morgue was erected to hold victims of a luxury cruise catastrophe. The S.S. Morro Castle caught fire in 1934, killing 137 people on board. The ship beached off Asbury Park, just yards from the theater.
"That is one of the big reasons why the area is haunted," said Bates.
Bates said during one exploration of the theater, she found an infant's footprint in dust at the back of the building. Another time, she said she watched shadows move across the light of an empty storage room in the back of the theater.
During one sweep of the building where she and a group of ghost hunters hoped to record spirit voices, a light bulb fell and crashed by one of her teammates.
"There is (spiritual) activity there," Bates said.
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