On December 31, 1989, the Theatre Ghost manifested at a special New Year's Midnite Show screening of the movie, "Cannibal Girls." It scared dozens of movie goers outside and chased them outside.
Behind the Scenes
The Theatre Ghost was created by Rick Lazzarini of The Creature Shop in Van Nuys based on a drawing by Henry Mayo. The head was human-size and sculpted by John Blake and the body was made by Dan Frye. Since the ghost was added late into production, the crew had three weeks to make the puppet. Lazzarini employed the 'Facial Waldo' interactive device, a cap and vest system worn by an external operator. When the operator moved his brow, cheek, lips and jaw, sensors would send signals to the servos inside the puppet and mimic the movement done. If the operator moved his brow, all six on the ghost would move. The operator was free to puppeteer the wings. Three additional puppeteers operated the tail and four arms. The puppet was shot against black so the puppeteers all wore black beekeeper-like suits and mesh face screens. The real difficulty was operating the puppet at 48 frames a second in order to portray smooth movements. 
- The scene with the ghost is similar to Subway Ghost scene from the first movie.
- "Cannibal Girls" is a movie directed by Ivan Reitman, director of the Ghostbusters movies. "Cannibal Girls" starred Eugene Levy, who appeared in a deleted scene as Louis Tully's cousin, Sherman Tully, who helps get the Ghostbusters discharged from Parkview Psychiatric Hospital.
- ↑ Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 30. Cinefex, USA.