Ghosts on the Balcony Brings a Theatrical Twist on a Haunted Good Time

Ghosts in the Balcony Birmingham 8 review

The Metro-Detroit area is welcoming another new haunted experience this spooky season. The Birmingham 8 theater has turned into a haunted house and is one of the most unique experiences for guests yet. With eight different themed spaces and other areas to explore, Ghosts on the Balcony transforms the theater into something we haven’t seen yet. The haunted house was opened with a special ribbon slashing experience by Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney) and welcomed guests to a sneak peek of the haunts that will thrill guests this Halloween season. Movies will not be shown for the entire month of October, but instead, it will become a haunted walk-thru experience.

Ghosts in the Balcony Birmingham 8 review

Emagine Entertainment, Inc., an innovator in luxury theatres, has partnered with Bluewater, a leading live event production company, to create an industry first, live Haunted Theatre experience, called “Ghosts on the Balcony”.  The historic movie theatre will be completely transformed into a haunted house experience, where the entire building, along with every theatre auditorium will have a different scary theme. Movies will not be shown for the entire month of October, but instead it will become a haunted attraction that is approximately a 1 hour walk through experience.  “Ghosts on the Balcony” will run October 1-30, exclusively at The Birmingham 8 Powered by Emagine, located at 211 S Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, MI 48009. 

The Birmingham 8 Powered by Emagine, long time rumored to be haunted, was constructed in 1927 as a playhouse prior to its remodel as a movie theatre in the 1980’s.  Guests have reported encounters with apparitions, hearing sounds of disembodied voices and footsteps, as well as experiencing other unexplained paranormal activity like lights flickering, doors opening and closing by themselves, and objects being moved by an unseen entity.  Employees working at the old theatre late at night additionally report feeling a strange presence and experiencing unexplained feelings of paranoia and fear in certain areas of the building.  The history of this historic building creates the perfect setting for this new experience.  The theatre will not be showing movies during the month of October and will be completely transformed back to Victorian era times for this immersive haunted theatre attraction. The bloodcurdling haunt is designed by Bluewater’s professional set designers and will transform 11 different chilling areas of the theatre, including many spaces in this old historic building never seen by the public.  Each area of the haunt will be uniquely themed and staffed by professional actors trained in the art of terror.

Ghosts in the Balcony Birmingham 8 review

The haunted attraction chronicles the experience of theatre proprietor Mr. Baldwin, an old caretaker who has worked in the theatre for over 50 years, and a harrowing tale of murder and the mayhem that followed.  This is not for the faint of heart…this will scare you to death, just like what happened to Mr. Baldwin’s family, friends, and many patrons of his theatre! These “Ghosts on the Balcony” still haunt the building today!

Guests will also have the ability to purchase food and beverages from the concession stand along with adult (21+) beverages at various stops throughout the experience. 

Tickets for the family friendly haunted house/theatre experience are $20, and the adult haunted house/theatre experience are $30.  Tickets are timed in 15-minute entry time increments and can be purchased directly on the Emagine website now at


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