“Good evening moviegoers, and welcome to the Universal Palace.”
Name: Julian Browning
THE USHER’S BACKSTORY
Julian Browning was an usher at the Universal Palace Theater, a popular movie house that had been converted from a playhouse during the 1920s. Browning truly enjoyed working at the theater and loved the movies, especially horror movies, becoming something of an expert. However, Browning was also very strict about enforcing the rules and hated rude patrons who disrupted the movie experienced for others.
During a 1940 re-release of his all-time favorite horror film, Lon Chaney Sr.’s The Phantom of the Opera, Browning engaged in a scuffle with a rude theater goer. During the fight, Browning’s flashlight was seized by the boorish patron who tossed it through the new screen, tearing it. As the furious usher went backstage to retrieve it, he was somehow entangled in one of the old playhouse’s sandbag’s ropes, causing him to die a slow, painful death of strangulation with his feet mere inches above the floor.
It is also revealed that this was the first horrible event of many in the theater’s history, meaning that either the Universal Palace itself is evil, or Julian’s “revenge” has been to destroy other rulebreaking patrons with classic movie monsters (almost in the same way the Phantom from The Phantom of the Opera would do by causing incidents in the opera house).
The Usher appeared in the haunted house, Silver Screams and could be seen in videos screened on the walls around the queue areas and at the entrance, introducing the Scare Zones and Houses, as well as a skit about the Palace Theater rules! He also appeared at the entrance of the park around the ticket area, along with female counterparts.
THE USHER’S APPEARANCES
The Usher appeared at Halloween Horror Nights XX: Twenty Years of Fear as the last of Fear’s minions: Vengeance, and at the end of the haunted house, Horror Nights: The Hallow’d Past.
He returned at Halloween Horror Nights 25, in the HHN – ICONS Scarezone.