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The Alhambra Ghost Story

Oct 11, 2020
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A single light lit in the theater

After the customers are gone, after the cast and waitstaff has left, when the doors are locked and the lights are out - the Alhambra gives an air of being empty. It’s quiet and dark, and after an evening full of lights and fun, it can seem a little eerie. But if you were to wander through the halls, maybe carefully amble through the theater, you might soon realize that you are not alone. Yes, it is possible that you could come across the infamous, Alhambra ghost.

It’s a common belief that every theater is haunted. Usually, the stories involve an actor who had a tragic accident; or a performer’s love triangle gone awry, or a disgruntled crew member bent on retribution. But here, in our historic home away from home, our ghosts are believed to be employees who loved this theater so much, they can’t bring themselves to leave.

“It's a common belief that every theater is haunted.”

One such ghost is thought to be a hard-working handyman who kept the theater in running order in the early 1970s. He and his wife, who worked alongside him as a housekeeper, worked nearly every night for many years. One night she walked backstage to ask him a question, and there, in one of the dressing rooms, she found him on the floor, the victim of a heart attack. She continued to work here for years, and often said that she felt he was still with her. We all firmly believe that the shadowy figure of a man that has been seen down that hallway is that of her husband. The wife passed away in the early 90’s, and it has been speculated that she joined her husband at the workplace they so loved, as a woman’s figure has also been seen onstage merging with the shadows of the ghost-light. To this day, they are still seen wandering backstage and through the halls of Alhambra. The husband has even been photographed backstage, watching the show.

The other Alhambra specter is Mr. Henry, another of our beloved former employees. After Mr. Henry passed away in the mid-90s, stories have circulated of furniture being moved and sounds coming from empty rooms.

One story recalls one of our staff entering the waiters’ break room and having the door open for her to enter, then closed behind her, with no one else in the building.

Other stories report hearing a man’s footsteps walking around the otherwise empty library. The box office staff will tell you that several times they’ve heard someone sit down in Craig’s chair in his office, only to find there is no one there at all.

The Local Haunts team investigating a disturbance

In 2014, the television show, Local Haunts came in to investigate the ghost claims. They not only confirmed the three ghosts we were aware of, but told us we had several more. Whether we have three ghosts or twenty, we’re glad that they still love this theater as much as we do – and that they seem to be friendly!

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The Sirens of Motown

Dinner Menu

Course 1

Choice of One

Classic Caesar Salad

*GF* without croutons

Hearty Chili

with cheddar cheese

Course 2

Choice of One

Chef DeJuan’s World-Famous Recipes

Prime Rib *GF*

with baked potato and garlic green beans

Shrimp & Grits

Fried Chicken

white barbecue sauce, French fries, coleslaw

Plant-Based Chili *GF*

Course 3

Choice of One

Banana Pudding

Red Velvet Cake

Menu subject to change | Gluten-free (GF) & sugar-free desserts available upon request.

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Plant-Based Chili

Takeout Option

Course 1

Plant-Based Chili

with fried cornbread

Course 2

Banana Pudding

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Classic Fried Chicken

Takeout Option

Course 1

Classic Fried Chicken

white barbeque sauce, chopped pickles, Lima beans, hand-cut French fries
*GF* option: baked chicken, Lima beans, Swiss chard

Course 2

Banana Pudding

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Braised Boneless Beef Ribs

Take Out Option

Course 1

Braised Boneless Beef Ribs

creamy rice, Swiss chard

Course 2

Banana Pudding

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Chef's Famous Shrimp & Grits

Takeout Option

Course 1

Chef DeJuan's Famous Shrimp & Grits

Course 2

Banana Pudding

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The Health and Safety of Our Staff and Guests Is Our Top Priority.

A message from our owner, Craig Smith.

Thank you for visiting the Alhambra’s website. We will be continuing to follow the COVID-19 guidelines we have followed since June 2020. Our guests and our staff tell us they are comfortable with our social distancing measures and with our rules about wearing masks, and it is this important feedback that we put above all other factors.

For those of you renewing their Season Partnerships for 2021, we will continue to employ the adjusted seating plans until further notice. We thank you for your understanding as our Box Office staff works with you to ensure the best possible seating.

Warmest regards,
Craig Smith
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For further details about our current COVID-19 policies, please continue reading.
The Alhambra is taking every precaution to protect the safety of its guests as it relates to COVID-19. To protect our staff and our guests, we are adhering to all recommendations from our state and local officials, including practicing social distancing by limiting our capacity to the recommended percentage in the theater and limiting access to the Library Lounge.

In regard to seating, no two parties will share a table unless otherwise requested and each reserved seat is at least 6 ft. away from the next reserved seat (not in their party). Throughout the building, you will find measured distances marked on the floor to avoid crowding. We also ask that all guests respect social distance when navigating throughout the theater (i.e. the bar, bathrooms, etc). Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the building. Our kitchen and service staff will wear masks and gloves and they have received updated training.

Update: In following with the city of Jacksonville’s recent mandate, we are now requiring all guests to wear a mask during your experience here at the theater, excluding the meal portion, of course. Masks will be available for $1, upon request, for those who cannot provide their own.

We also insist that if you feel at all symptomatic, and/or if you have been exposed to COVID-19, that you reschedule your reservation. Should you need to reschedule due to illness, we are offering full house credits back to your Alhambra account and waiving the day of show cancellation fee. To ensure the safety of others, customers and staff will be asked to leave the premises upon any display of illness.
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The Statler Brothers

Dinner Menu

Course 1

Choice of One

Volunteer State Salad

kale, carrots, raisins, tomatoes, spiced pecans, creamy apple cider vinaigrette *GF*

Tomato Bisque

with Asiago cheese crouton

Course 2

Choice of One

Country Friend Pork Chops

smothered in gravy with rustic mashed potatoes, creamy lima beans

Slow-Roasted Top Round of Prime Beef

with au jus, garlic and rosemary fingerling potatoes, corn pudding
*GF* without corn pudding

Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya

over dirty rice

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Parmesan crust, served over autumn kale salad

Course 3

Choice of One

Strawberry Shortcake

with whipped cream

Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

Menu subject to change | Gluten-free (GF) & sugar-free desserts available upon request.

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Shrimp & Grits

Takeout Option

Course 1

Chef DeJuan's Famous Shrimp & Grits

Course 2

Banana Pudding

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Braised Boneless Beef Ribs

Takeout Option

Course 1

Braised Boneless Beef Ribs

creamy rice grits, Swiss chard

Course 2

Banana Pudding

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Fried Chicken

Takeout Option

Course 1

Fried Chicken

white barbeque sauce, chopped pickles, hand-cut French fries *GF* with baked chicken

Course 2

Banana Pudding

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Plant-Based Chili

Take Out Option

Course 1

Plant-Based Chili

with fried cornbread

Course 2

Banana Pudding

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The Everly Brothers Experience

Dinner Menu

Course 1

Choice of One

Classic Caesar

with croutons
*GF* without croutons

Pumpkin Bisque

with cinnamon crème fraîche

Course 2

Choice of One

Braised Boneless Beef Ribs

macaroni and cheese, green beans

Mahi & Shrimp Casino

herbs, bread crumbs, vegetables, rice pilaf *GF* without toppings

Chicken Proveçal

spiral pasta, broccolini

Pasta Primevera

with garlic bread

Course 3

Choice of One

House-Made Cherry Strudel

Key Lime Pie

Menu subject to change | Gluten-free (GF) & sugar-free desserts available upon request.

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Footloose

Dinner Menu

Course 1

Choice of One

Classic Caesar Salad

*GF* without croutons

Hearty Chili

with cheddar cheese

Course 2

Choice of One

Chef DeJuan’s World Famous Shrimp & Grits

Braised Boneless Beef Ribs

creamy rice, Swiss chard

Fried Chicken

white barbecue sauce, chopped pickles, Lima beans, hand-cut French fries
*GF* option: baked chicken, Lima beans, Swiss chard

Plant-Based Chili

with fried cornbread

Course 3

Choice of One

Banana Pudding

Key Lime Pie

Menu subject to change | Gluten-free (GF) & sugar-free desserts available upon request.

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Grease

Dinner Menu

Course 1

Choice of One

Watermelon Salad (GF)

Arugula, feta, peaches, heirloom tomatoes, red onion, white balsamic vinaigrette

Pigs in a Blanket

Smoked sausage. puff pastry. whole-grain mustard dip.

Course 2

Choice of One

Blue Moon Special Oven-Roasted Turkey

Carved turkey piled on top of buttery Texas toast with turkey gravy, diner mashed potatoes, green beans, fried onions

Poached Salmon Oscar (GF)

Topped with crab & creamy hollandaise, over asparagus & rice pilaf

You’re the One That I Want Country Fried Steak

Country gravy, hash-browns with onions, green peas, fluffy biscuit

Veggie Spaghetti

Spaghetti tossed with pesto, peas, mushrooms, and tomatoes

Course 3

Choice of One

Homemade Root Beer Float

A tall glass of root beer finished with delicious vanilla ice cream

Giant Chocolate Brownie

with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, strawberries *contains peanuts

Menu subject to change | Gluten-free (GF) & sugar-free desserts available upon request.

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