New York’s famous Cohoes Music Hall is a historic landmark and reportedly haunted. Cohoes Music Hall, a famous New York landmark. With its historic past and its age, could this building truly contain poltergeists not at rest.
Located at 58 Remsen Street in Cohoes, New York, Cohoes Music Hall was originally built in 1874 for a total cost of $60,000. It was owned by James Maston and William Acheson. The four-story hall housed a post office and other businesses on the first two floors, while a 500-seat theater occupied the third and fourth floors. Cohoes Music Hall is known to be the fourth oldest music hall in the United States.
Numerous well-known professionals, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Jimmy Durante, and Eva Tanguay, have performed at the hall over its illustrious years of operation. Born in 1879, Tanguay became a child star following the death of her father. In 1904 she made her debut vaudeville appearance in New York City. She was described as an average person, without a unique voice, nor was she considered a beauty. She did, however, have a vibrant personality and an extraordinarily entertaining stage presence.
Tanguay enjoyed a long and lucrative career on the vaudeville stage. She hit her highest point in 1910 with earnings that went as high as $3,500 per week. She spent her money lavishly on costumes and shopping sprees. She chose outfits that were not only expensive but also fashionably daring. For instance, in 1910, the year in which Abraham Lincoln’s face first appeared on the penny, Tanguay had a dress made completely of the new pennies. She could be compared to such fashionistas as today’s Madonna or Lady Gaga.
Tanguay married dancer, Tom Ford, then divorced him in 1917. She took her nuptials for the second time with fellow vaudeville performer, Roscoe Ails, divorcing him also. In 1927, at the age of 48 she wed Alexander Brooke, who was 23 at the time. This cougar marriage ended with an annulment, when because Tanguay suspected Brooke of fraud, as he was reputedly known by several other names.
Tanguay died in 1947 at the age of 67 and was buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, formally known as Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery. She was later immortalized in a film entitled The I Don’t Care Girl, starring Mitiz Gaynor,
It is believed by the Cohoes Music Hall workforce that Eva Tanguay’s ghost inhabits the theater. She likes to steal things and interferes with the lighting for the shows. Staff have found that if she is presented with a single red rose before each performance, the show goes off without a hitch. This behavior lends an eerie resemblance to the performance of The Phantom of the Opera.