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Sun, March 29

Letter: I ain't afraid of no ghosts

Perico's ghost

Perico's ghost

To the editor:

After reading the Williams News last week, about the article with Mrs. Bruening, about ghosts in Williams and especially the Sultana Theater and other places.

The rest of the story: I have lived in Williams since 1934 - I am not a newcomer. I spent half my life in the Sultana Theater. I started working for Harry L. Nace Co. at a young age in the late 40s. He owned all the theaters from Phoenix and northern Arizona. I started as a janitor and later I learned to run all the projectors running the movies. Later in life I became a manager and much later, in the 70s, I bought the theater. In 1973 I went broke and sold it.

Back to the ghosts: I swept the place sometimes late at night or early in the morning when I went to school. Later, I would do the paper work in my office after closing hours, after midnight, spooky time! I would go next door to the famous Sultana Bar and have a few drinks. At that time, I never saw any ghosts in the theater. Of course, after a few drinks, I did see a few pink elephants when I ran the midnight movies for Halloween. In fact, I have a picture of a ghost running the projectors in the booth. I will include it with this article.

To end my letter: in the late 40s, the chief of police was killed at the famous Sultana Bar, and he was not shot by a ghost. Oh, a real ghost: I found a little boy sleeping in the front of the stage one night. The parents forgot to pick him up after the movies were over. I was a good baby sitter, running a theater.

If you want to get your kicks on Route 66, talk to Perico.

Perico Avila

Williams, Arizona

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