PIHA Ghost of Yakima's Capitol Theatre
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The Capitol Theatre's long history began over ninety years ago with Frederick Mercy, Sr.'s vision of a grand vaudeville theatre located in downtown Yakima. Construction on his dream project began in 1919. He commissioned renowned theatre architect B. Marcus Pretica, the architect of choice for the great vaudeville impresario Alexander Pantages, to construct his theatre. Another Pantages favorite, A. B. (Tony) Heinsbergen, was hired to create the decorative murals that graced the theatre's interior. The April 5, 1920 opening performance of Maytime brought audiences in droves to see Yakima's showcase. At that time, the Mercy Theatre was the largest theatre in the Pacific Northwest. One year later, the name officially changed to The Capitol Theatre.
PIHA (Paranormal Investigations of Historic America) is made up of a small group of paranormal investigators that call themselves “The Grey Team”. The tag Grey Team is a reference to the color of their hair and age and has nothing to do with ghost hunting. That simple reference to PIHA is an example of just how different they are from most other paranormal organizations in Washington State.
The Grey Team is made up of only four primary investigators’ and a couple of additional investigators that fills in when required.
Vaughn Hubbard is the founder of PIHA and as the Case Manager/Historian; Vaughn schedules the investigations and is the primary spokesman for PIHA.
Debbie Knapp is the co-owner of PIHA and helped Vaughn launch PIHA after they both left another paranormal group that they belonged to. Debbie functions as the lead investigator for PIHA.
Kathy Gavin also serves as a Senior Investigator and has been with PIHA since its inception. Kathy also rotates with Debbie as the Lead Investigator at these investigations.
Dave is the EVP Specialist with PIHA and is present at most of their investigations. Dave’s first priority is studying and working to understand EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) voices and sounds that are recorded on digital recorders, but usually not heard at the time. Dave’s research into this phenomenon is documented on his website Silent Voices (www.silentvoices.info).
Prior to his retirement from Lockheed’s Shipbuilding Division, Vaughn spent his entire career in engineering, designing and building commercial oil tankers and U.S. Navy ships. Vaughn became interested in paranormal investigating after viewing some of the popular shows on TV like Ghost Hunters. “I saw and heard some remarkable things being recorded on these televised investigations and just had to find out for myself they really existed or not. They do!” Vaughn goes on to say that “For me, it’s all about the physics of these phenomena and not the metaphysical”.