From the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players:
Constructed in 1888 as offices and a tearoom, the Atlas Building was converted to a theatre in 1908. Master Wyoming architect, William Dubois, drew up the plans for the conversion, which called for seating of 550, a stage sufficient for the traveling companies of the time, a soda fountain, a penny arcade, and a confectionery parlor.
The upper floors, once used as offices, were transformed into a rooming house. After its conversion, the Atlas showcased Vaudeville acts, finally closing in December, 1929. It soon reopened as the Strand, a movie theatre that entertained audiences until 1955. The Pink Pony Nightclub, which operated in the lobby area, quickly replaced the Strand during the early 1960s. The Atlas' auditorium saw little use until 1966 when the CLTP leased the building - and changed its name back to the Atlas - for its Old Fashioned Melodrama productions. By 1971, the CLTP purchased the building. Today, the Historic Atlas, which seats about 250 people, is used both for the Old Fashioned Melodrama and for CLTP productions. Other groups, as well as private individuals, frequently rent the space for weddings, meetings and performances. The historic theatre is in need of major renovation, and this project is one of the CLTP's major priorities. The Historic Atlas Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Cheyenne at 211 W. Lincolnway.
Patrons and performers have a reported sightings of a woman in a Victorian era dress, accompanied by the heavy aroma of flowers.
Performers and staff have reported seats on the upper balcony slamming down.
There are reports of an apparition of a small child on the upper floors of the building.
We have investigated the Atlas Theatre numerous times since 2011. It has actually become an annual event as we participate in fundraising for the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players by selling raffle tickets to a paranormal investigation of the Atlas Theatre, as a part of Cheyenne's annual ZombieFest.
For equipment, we brought:
NOTE: The Atlas Theatre is one of the noisiest places - in terms of EVP - that we have ever investigated. We have well over 30 EVPs, but we have decided to share just a couple that are clear and obvious. The rest are definitely strange, ranging anywhere from growls to knocking responses. However, it's hard to rule those out from natural environmental sounds.
In addition, since we routinely have a large number of raffle winners as guests, it's difficult to gather solid audio evidence due to the high probability of contamination. The team members are well trained not to whisper, or call out noises that are natural but may seem strange (such as a building settling); whereas, our guests are excited and often forget to follow audio evidence gathering etiquette.
In this EVP, you hear one of our investigators if the theatre is where the entity lived. In response, you hear "it's work".
Consider two circumstances: First, Cheyenne had a rough and rowdy past, with murders frequent in downtown. Second, we have heard that at some point, the theatre building served as a brothel. We'll let the listener decide in what context this EVP occurs.
We did not capture any credible/noteworthy video evidence. We did have a few instances of what appeared to be light shadows passing by the cameras of our DVR system, but the footage was grainy enough that we felt these could be dismissed and weren't worthy of being considered "evidence".
We did not capture any credible/noteworthy picture evidence.
The Atlas Theatre can be creepy and foreboding at night, and especially in pitch black. Given that a large area of the upstairs is under construction, that adds for some additional mystique.
During our various investigations of the theatre, we've decided that the overall atmosphere appears to be benevolent. We have yet to encounter anything more than some intelligent responses to EVPs - we've been looking for video evidence of chairs moving, shadows moving across the stage, etc.
It's difficult, at this point, to flat out say that the theatre is haunted, but there is definitely some activity that fits the definition of paranormal.