The Universal Studios Florida Tribute Store tells the original story of Halloween Horror Nights with haunting new details

Halloween Horror Nights is upon us and Universal Studios Florida gears up, with new details emerging seemingly every day. Some of the more interesting new details can actually be found in the Tribute Store, which will soon be making its own HHN transition.

Universal Studios Fla opened their Summer Tribute Store back in Maywith rooms dedicated ET, Jaw and Back to the Future. While the store is stocked with details on these three films, 80s cinemas, and even a few references to Halloween Horror Nights, even more have been popping up lately.

At the exit of the store, guests pass a projection booth where they can discover all sorts of fun details. This is what it looked like in the initial phase of the store:

While there are a few nods to Halloween Horror Nights 2018’s Slaughter Sinema house on the wall, you’ll find that the deck itself is mostly clear. However, if you visit the store now, it looks more like it.

The desk is now littered with newspaper clippings telling the horrifying story of the Tribute Theatre, as if someone had researched the story and was trying to solve the mystery. These snippets add up to a timeline that spans almost 100 years, from 1885 to 1982. Let’s look at the story chronologically:

1885

GRAND OPENING – TRIBUTE THEATER

A proud moment for the anonymous benefactor of this newly opened playhouse. The sudden appearance of planning permission on the mayor’s desk, followed by a few short months of waiting and here we are on opening day. Brilliantly this new edition of our wonderful city brings the beginnings of the future as this marks the first use of Edison’s electric light here in New York’s theater district.

The first use of Edison’s magic pear in the entertainment world was in 1881 in London at the Savoy Theatre. Shortly thereafter, many theaters around the world began begging for this new invention, which only begged the question of when New York…

1927-1928

A playbill for Dracula can be found on the desk nodding to the horror icons presence at this year’s event.

1930-1931

TO OUR VALUED SUPPORTERS – THANK YOU

With your thoughtful donations, we can now move forward with the 11-month renovation project that will transform this illustrious playhouse into a brand new motion picture cinema! Are you looking forward to new and exciting experiences in less than a year?

1939

LOCAL THEATER OWNERS MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARED

Just 8 years after the renovation of this legendary theater into the famous movie palace it is today, tragedy strikes. At the beginning of last week, the two owners received a missing person report from their 24-year-old son. The last known whereabouts of the owners was their office in the Tribute Theatre, which was inexplicably filled with candy. Now that the dust has settled, the paperwork begins to transfer ownership of the theater to her son, who has graciously agreed to “make his parents proud.”

1942

MYSTERIOUS INCIDENTS RELATING TO POISONED CONCESSIONS

CURRENT SUSPECTS IN PRINCIPLE AND WANTED FOR INTERVIEW

You’re always warned to check your candy before you eat it on Halloween, but now you may need to check your popcorn and candy at the cinema too.

Last night 31st October further strange occurrences were reported related to some form of food poisoning ingested from local cinema The Tribute Theatre. Authorities may have already nailed this case as the potential suspects, the 27-year-old owner and his girlfriend, have fled the city. A nationwide manhunt is currently underway to track these two down. So if you…

1943

STADTTHEATER CLOSES ITS DOORS AFTER 58 YEARS

POISON SCANDAL RUINS THEATER, NEVER RECOVER

During last year’s Halloween season, many strange happenings surrounding the poisoned concessions of the now infamous Tribute Theater sparked outrage and fear among moviegoers. With the suspects still at large and the case cold for over a year, business has fallen to an all-time low and the temporary owner and the city have decided to close doors forever. The site is put up for sale with the proceeds set to pay off the debts owed to the families of those who are displaced due to the…

1953

MAYOR ANNOUNCES FUNDING BY LOCAL CANDY MAKER

NEW HALLOWEEN COMPANY STARTS CONSTRUCTION THIS YEAR

After just six months, construction of the previously announced Halloween experience is upon us. With the addition of a benefactor, progress is assured and locals can enjoy this new and exciting experience until Halloween next year. Although the Tribute Theater’s history from playhouse to movie palace is full of controversy and horrific tales, things could finally go in a positive direction. This new use of space will be the first push for more family-friendly venues in the city since the installation of Fifth Avenue…

1954

NEW HALLOWEEN EXPERIENCE A TRAGIC FAILURE

LOCAL CANDY MAKER USES RIDE AS BAIT TO LURE VICTIMS TO THEIR DOWN

With a massive turnout for the annual Halloween parade and the mayor’s new holiday adventures, things took a turn for the worse when it became apparent the candy maker and his partner had other intentions.

As the celebrations began, only a moment had passed before the deranged candy-making benefactor showed his true colors. As the parade came to a halt and chaos filled the streets, the candy maker made his move that really…events quickly…local police…within the hour.

Unfortunately, the good-for-nothings… before capture, but keen eyes in the crowd made believe that the two malefactors were none other than the Tribute Theater’s previous owner and his girlfriend. Although there is no hard evidence…

1979

NEWLY ELECTED MAYOR PLANS TO REOPEN THEATER

EXORCING THE DEMONS OF THE PAST

When the new mayor makes his… a new topic came into play. “I… bring the venerated Tribute Theater to… glory and the once beautiful… back to its iconic design.” Daring words, but… earlier work on public planning this … be exactly the energy that old buildings needed. The history of the Tribute Theater is one of tragedy and despair, but we can only hope for a more positive outcome

1982

TRIBUTE THEATER REOPENS

AFTER ALL PREVIOUS “CURSES” HAVE RELEASED TO GREAT FANFARES AND SUCCESS

Since 1885, this proud monument of the entertainment universe has stood guard among the legendary giants of the industry. Once a stunning playhouse that has hosted many great shows, this popular theater has sat vacant on and off for the last hundred years. With the theatrical movement on the rise, the push to reopen this local favorite finally garnered the supporters it so desperately needed. In the last almost 50 years…

To summarize the story, the Tribute Theater opened in 1885 as a playhouse where the players performed in the 1920s Dracula. The theater was then converted into a cinema in 1931. Eight years later, the theater’s owners mysteriously disappeared and their office was found full of candy. Her son took over the theater and three years later several clients mysteriously died. It became known that they had been poisoned by concessions in the theater and the new owner and his girlfriend disappeared.

After the theater was closed for 10 years, the new mayor decided to turn it into a Halloween attraction with the help of a mysterious benefactor known only as the Candy Maker. A year later, tragedy struck at the attraction’s opening, and it is believed that the candy maker was once again the murderous owner of the theater and his girlfriend, who got away again.

In 1979, a newly elected mayor announced his plans to reopen the Tribute Theater despite its tragic past. Finally, the theater reopened in 1982, with locals harboring high hopes for a brighter future.

Aside from the inevitable Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store, it’s still unclear what role the Tribute Theater will play in this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, but it seems the seed has been planted for this sinister candy maker’s involvement.

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