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And since it's almost Halloween, here's a spooky story about The Oriental. The spot where theater now stands was originally where The Iroquois Theatre once stood, on December 30, 1903 there was fire that was considered the deadliest theatre fire in US History, at least 605 people died as a result. Many visitors to the theatre have reported hearing loud footsteps and faint screaming inside the theatre. It's also said that the alley behind the theatre is haunted by the ghosts of people who tried to use the fire escape to get away from the fire but fell six stories to their death because the fire escape itself had never been built.