There’s a theater tradition where you never let a playhouse go dark. You always keep a light on, usually over the stage. “In part it’s to deal with the spirits, and it’s a good safety precaution,” says Jim Ritts, executive director of the Paramount Theatre, which turns 100 this month. While he’s never encountered one, he knows of many spirits lingering around the theater, including sightings of an elderly gentleman smoking a cigar in a stage right opera box. In the past five years, people have smelled cigar smoke from that box, yet the alley where people would go for a smoke is on the other side of the theater. Others have seen a woman wearing a formal white gown walk through the lobby and then disappear through a wall. Because the theater sits on the site that was home to the War Department of the Republic of Texas, it is believed that she may be a war widow from one of the battles.