The Tron Theatre Glasgow
The Tron Theatre has plenty of history behind it; it’s been a meeting hall, a place of execution, a police station and a venue for the Hellfire Club until they burned it down in 1793.
Staff often say they feel watched and some say they’ve been touched, or that they’ve seen doors open on their own. There are plenty of sightings too, from two phantom children and a man dressed in riding gear to a menacing apparition in the boiler room. The Victorian Bar and back two rows of the auditorium are said to be the most active - so maybe watch where your seats are next time you catch a show.
The Tron Theatre was the site of a St Mary’s church from 1484, and the distinctive tower you see today dates back to the 1590s - in fact, it survived a terrible fire in 1793, thought to be connected with the notorious Hellfire Club.
The name Hellfire Club may conjure up ideas of devil worshippers and Satanism, but really, the secret society was a drinking club for the high-class men of society, started in cities across Europe as an excuse for debauchery and those acts deemed too immoral for polite company.
The story goes that the Tron Church was used as a guard house for the city’s night watchman, who left the building on his rounds around 3 am, also leaving a crackling fire to keep the place warm. When the Hellfire Club happened upon it, they were well quite intoxicated - and the thought is that the liquor (and the ensuing party) caused the fire to spiral out of control. The fire decimated St Mary’s church, leaving only the steeple that we still see today. Another story recalls that the Hellfire Club set the church ablaze on purpose to see which members could stand the heat.
Due to the Tron Theatre's colourful history, it is no surprise that there have been several reports of paranormal activity within the building over the years.
Theatre staff fave often reported feelings of being watched, one staff member felt what seemed to be an icy finger across his neck, another saw an office door handle open on its own. Two phantom children and a man dressed in full horse riding apparel have also been encountered, along with a dark apparition with a threatening presence have been witnessed in the boiler room, which is on the former site of the old crypt.
With a colourful history like this, the Tron Theatre is certainly one of Glasgow's most haunted venues.
Last updated on: Thursday 28th December 2017
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