At the intersection of Greene and Sumter Streets, where Sumter takes a slight jog to the right, stands the Longstreet Theatre. Built in 1855, Longstreet houses the Department of Theatre and Dance of the University of South Carolina.
Longstreet has seen many and varied uses over its lifetime. It was designed as a chapel and auditorium but was never used as such because of poor acoustics. During the Civil War (or War Between the States) it was used as a hospital for both Union and Confederate troops as well as an arsenal. Rumor has it that the theater’s green room was used as a morgue. It is in this role that some believe that ghosts inhabit the old theatre.
According to WIS-TV, Ann Dreher, who taught theatre at USC for 33 years, said, ""Through the years, lots of people have seen and heard weird things,You can just feel the vibrations," Dreher said. Click here for the full story that appeared on WIS in 2008.
Today, after coming close to being torn down in the 1970s, Longstreet is home to a 312 seat theatre in the round. But in previous incarnations, it had served as a science facility and a gymnasium.It is in that role that gives Longstreet another claim to fame: It was the first home of the Gamecock basketball team! By the way, the basketball season starts on November 9 with a home game against Longwood at the Colonial Life Arena, at 1 p.m. only a short walk west down the hill from Longstreet. By the way, if you want to try and find ghosts, check out our video!
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