Ghost Picture of the Day: Fink, Tampa Theatre’s Ghostly Projectionist


In 1965, projectionist Foster “Fink” Finley collapsed at the Tampa Theatre and later died of a heart attack. Fink dedicated 30 years of his life to running the projectors at the historic theater, and the devoted employee is said to haunt the building to this day. I toured the theater in 2009, but captured nothing strange. However, one reader had better luck…

“What you are looking at is the east entrance of the projection booth. You see a guy to the left looking at a guy kneeling with his hand on his chin, and you see a guy standing behind him. Well, including the camera man, there are only 3 people in the projection booth. The guy standing behind the kneeling guy was not there when the pic was taken…”

Here are more pics from the reader. Do they depict the long-dead Fink in his beloved projection room?

ghost head pictureZoomed in

Tampa_Theatre_FinkThe same photo as above, but in color

ghost picture ghost headColor photo zoomed in

ghost_picture_tampa_theatreAnother projection room ghost picture

Ghost_Picture_Tampa_Theatre_FinkSecond photo in color

Got a ghost picture you’d like to share? Send ’em over to ghostsghoul@gmail.com!


Tampa Theatre Ghosts (Photos)

Do ghosts walk the stage of the historic Tampa Theatre? According to local lore, a number of spooks haunt the 86-year-old facility, including a former projectionist and a woman searching for her long-lost fiance.

In 2009, my husband and I participated in one of the Tampa Theatre’s Late-Night Ghost Hunts. While we didn’t see or hear anything odd at the scene, a few of our photos reveal orbs, a strange white mist, and a couple of rainbow-colored vortexes. Check them out below.

Tampa Theatre Auditorium

A photo of orbs at the historic Tampa Theatre

The Tampa Theatre was built in 1926 and can accommodate nearly 1,500 people. A few orbs show up in this photo, particularly in the upper right corner. One of the guides told us that employees and guests have spotted a wispy woman in white seated in the auditorium. According to a psychic brought in by a local paranormal investigation team, the spirit is waiting for her fiance who died at the spot before the theatre existed.

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