"Ghost Adventures," a popular Travel Channel show, will be shooting on location at Katie's of Smithtown this week from Tuesday to Friday, Newsday reports. The popular Main Street bar will be closed Wednesday and Thursday as they hunt for two poltergeists.
"Charlie, we don't mind," said Katie's owner Brian Karppinen to Newsday, referring to a playful ghost. "But sometimes a kind of darker element manifests. That's the one we wanna get to the bottom of, what his problem is."
Katie's was formerly Smithtown's Trainor Hotel and in 1909 it burned to the ground. Karppinen told Patch in October 2011 the bar gets visited by a "gaggle of ghosts," staff members have witnessed flying glasses, and patrons have seen ghostly images in the mirrors.
Karppinen said the ghost that hits the bar most frequently is a former local named Charlie Klein, who was a bootlegger and bartender in the 1920s, as well as a former owner of the hotel that burned down. After some research, Karppinen found out that Klein committed suicide in 1933 in fear of going to jail after selling a drink to an IRS man.Katie's ghosts have been well-documented over the years on the television show 'Paranormal State' in 2007, appearing later on the Long Island Oddities website, and finally on the Long Island Paranormal Investigators website in 2008.
The bar held a party back in May 2011 for its appearance on the Biography Channel's program, My Ghost Story. The show was filmed in December 2010 and aired on May 7.