This 1908 postcard view of the then-nearly new Temple Building on the southeast corner of 12th and R streets shows the building much as it looks today.
Paranormal guru Dale Bacon, in a 2001 talk at the Nebraska History Museum, told a story of a construction worker's accident and that he is thought by many to be haunting the theater. But Bacon's theory was that the energy of the stage performers may be causing the haunting.
A drama major very active in the theater in 1987, Bacon said, was rehearsing a tap dance routine when in the balcony area he heard someone applauding his performance. He couldn't find the person in the balcony, then began to hear the sound of his tap dance routine on the stage. However, there was no one around. A voice asked him to try one more time, and the drama major performed it perfectly. At the end, he again heard someone clapping.
Some say Dallas Williams, theater department head at UNL until 1971, was the ghost, because his favorite spot was to the right of the sound booth in the balcony. Other people in the building in the 1930s and 1940s reported dancing lights and flames.
Julie Hagemeier, theater department general manager, said in a 2000 Daily Nebraskan article that a girl haunts the prop attic. When a show crew took apart various dolls in the prop shop to make the type of prop they needed, they left the attic messy. "When the crew returned to the locked attic … someone had aligned the dolls' parts and placed the matching heads with the bodies."