|The Akron Civic Theater
was built next to--and over--the Ohio and Erie canal in Downtown Akron in 1929.
From a serious standpoint, it remains one of the true gems of Akron. The inside is designed to resemble a Turkish Palace, and is lavishly decorated and sculpted, retaining many Art Deco features. The theater itself contains a grand, full-sized organ hidden beneath the stage on a special elevator, elevating the organ in a Dr. Phibes-like fashion during performances. The ceiling was designed to resemble a sky. Lights in the ceiling twinkled like stars, and special projectors gave the effect of clouds drifting across the ceiling.
Currently, the theatre is undergoing expansive, much-needed restoration.
Another legend holds that prior to the construction of the theater, a young woman committed suicide by throwing herself into the canal. Some claim to have spotted her ghost wandering the banks of the canal behind the theatre, escaping into the tunnel of the canal running under the theater if she is seen or if someone gets too close to her.
An interior exploration of the theater was both fruitless and impossible at this time due to heavy construction. However, we did manage to find and photograph the location of the "canal ghost."