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Security Footage Shows Spooky Happenings at Longtime Ventura Bar

Just in time for Halloween

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

A longstanding bar in Ventura claims that something possibly supernatural is happening inside its walls — and a few times the incidents have even been caught on tape.

CBS Los Angeles headed up to Ventura to check out Cronies, a nearly 30-year-old sports bar with outlets in Aguora Hills, Camarillo, and beyond. Ownership there says that on more than one occasion chairs in the restaurant have been finding ways to start moving on their own. They’ve even got the security camera footage to prove it, including one incident they say happened right in the middle of the lunch rush.

Thankfully (at least for anyone looking for a good spooky tale this fall season) the Cronies team agreed to share the footage with CBS LA, wherein a barstool seems to get pulled to the floor on its own during off hours for the bar. The other incident is more subtle, but definitely involves a tipping chair and some surprised customers.

Of course, this being the internet and right near Halloween, there’s every reason to believe the whole thing could be a fun stunt drummed up by a Ventura County bar group to get a little local news attention. They swear on camera that’s not the case (and most of the other customers interviewed by the news team are surprisingly unfazed themselves), but regardless the whole video is a rather fun watch. That is, unless poltergeists are real.