Six haunted legends to explore along the lakeshore this Halloween – HollandSentinel.com

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published in October 2016. Some details have been updated.

ALLEGAN COUNTY — Some of the region’s most haunted legends are found in Allegan County. Below are six of the spookiest places to visit this Halloween season.

Regent Theatre, Allegan

Francis “Falky” Falk was born and raised in Allegan. Orphaned as a baby, he grew up with his aunt, who put him to work at the Star Theatre in downtown Allegan at 10 years old.

When that theater closed in 1919, he took a job across the street at the newly opening Regent Theatre at 211 Trowbridge St.

Falk performed a number of duties, working at the theater through its vaudeville years, the silent pictures and the first record-sound movies referred to as “talkies,” which is when he became a projectionist.

Moving about in the booth that overlooks the theater’s auditorium, Falk switched from reel to reel. The crowd watched eagerly as the figures danced across the screen.

He remained a projectionist at the theater essentially the rest of his life, right up until his death in 1999.

But as almost any employee at the Old Regent Theatre would tell you, “Falky” is still hanging around the theater in his afterlife.

The day after Falk’s funeral in 1999, Craig Phillips, another projectionist at the time, and Vicki Knuckles, the theater’s manager, were leaving the theater when they saw, clearly, Falk looking down at them from the window that overlooks the street from the projection booth.

The Regent Theatre of Allegan has a long and haunted history.

That was just the first sign that Falk wasn’t ready to let go of his theater days.

“Things are restless, if you want to take it that way,” said theater manager Parker Johnson in 2016. In two years at the theater, he’d already seen firsthand Falk’s pranks on his former place of employment.

“The neon marquee is turned on manually upstairs. You have to pull the switch to turn it on,” he said. “So I’ll turn it on and will walk downstairs and look up and it’s turned off. Just in the amount of time it took me to walk down there. This happens all the time. Then I walk back upstairs and the switch is turned off. People always tell me, ‘It must be Falky.’”

Other employees have told stories of feeling their hair be flicked, something Falk would regularly do when he was alive, and turning around to find nobody there.

Johnson said he still hears Falk walking around in the balcony with inexplicable footsteps and the creaking of wood when he’s alone at the theater.

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