What is a ghost light?

A ghost light is a single bulb left illuminated near center stage when a theater is unoccupied and would otherwise be completely dark.

Superstition holds that a ghost light provides opportunity for the resident ghosts of the theater to perform onstage when everyone else has left for the night.

About the project

In 2018, renowned archivist Madge Cameron discovered a treasure trove deep in the dusty depths of her archive in San Francisco: a series of Art Deco tabletop theater lanterns with interchangeable slides produced in the 1930’s by Treadwell Press. These Ghost Light Theaters feature elaborately cut Art Deco facades, hand-applied pastel colors and an electric candlelight fitted inside. The theaters come with a choice of image montage printed on handmade Japanese paper.

Treadwell Press is thrilled to be re-releasing these theaters in a limited quantity beginning in 2018. Each theater is handmade in every detail by Rachel Phillips.


Ghost Light Montage

Each theater includes a choice of “short story” told through a set of three interchangeable photo montages and accompanying intertitle. The slides are printed on specially imported thin Japanese paper and look beautiful when the theater is illuminated or dark.

Three Ghost Light stories are previewed below...