Paranormal investigators to report on Constantine’s ‘Haunting History’

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Paranormal investigators to report on Constantine’s ‘Haunting History’

Do ghostly spirits dwell at the Constantine?

This Saturday evening at 7 p.m., a paranormal research group will offer a special report on its recent investigation of the historic local building.

Four State Paranormal will present “Haunting History” at the Constantine Center, 110 W. Main St.. Admission price is $5 at the door.

The FSP team conducted investigations at the Constantine during a March visit to Pawhuska.

Constantine manager Garrett Hartness said a drawing will be held following Saturday night’s presentation and the winning ticket-holder will be given the opportunity to remain with the team members that night while they conduct additional investigations at the theater.

The building that became the Constantine was constructed in the late 1880s as the Pawhuska House Hotel.

Charles C. Constantine purchased the hotel in 1911 with a different purpose in mind. The elegantly-remodeled structure reopened as the Constantine Theater in December 1914.

For a little more than a decade, Constantine maintained his theater as a venue for live stage performances. He encountered financial problems, however, and the theater was subsequently turned over to new ownership in the late 1920s. Over the next few decades, the structure served multiple purposes. According to local historians, the Constantine hosted “everything from silent movies and “Gone with the Wind” to Vaudeville acts and operas.” The Constantine was even the site for some of the Osage Nation’s oil-lease auctions. When operated as a movie house, it was sometimes called “The Kihekah.”

After finally closing as a movie theater in 1970, the Constantine building was slated for demolition.. Thankfully, it was rescued by a group of local citizens who began a long, tedious renovation in 1987. The restored theater reopened with its original Greek Revival Style decor, the 25-by-50 foot stage and its excellent acoustics. Seating capacity was reduced to 589 from its original 715.

The Constantine is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the National League of Historic Theatres. Reportedly, it is one of the oldest two operating Performing Arts/Opera Houses in the state of Oklahoma and one of the five oldest in the United States.

Somewhere along the way, rumors developed regarding possible paranormal activity in the structure. Among the strange and spooky occurrences were reports about sounds of a bar fight being heard near the stage.

Four State Paranormal is a non-profit organization founded nine years ago by David Glidden. From its base in Pineville, Mo., the group of investigators studies reports of paranormal activity in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Other members of the team are Jeremy Boyd, Stephen Walker, Jon Long and Barry Tidwell.

Another paranormal research team investigated the Constantine in 2009 and produced recordings of anomalous shadows and sounds including taps, whispers and faint moanings.