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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.


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 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.

Each theater included interchangeable slides with imagery from a range of photographers and archive sources, printed on translucent Japanese handmade paper.

Treadwell Press is thrilled to be re-releasing these theaters in a limited quantity in 2018. Each theater includes 4 slides of your choice, and is handmade in every detail by Rachel Phillips.