Gem Theatre

160 S. State Street,
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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MichaelKilgore on December 21, 2021 at 1:07 pm

The Exhibitor, Dec. 23, 1953: “Announcement has been made of the leasing of the Gem, by Consolidated Theatres to Sero Amusement Company, Los Angeles. The Gem, closed for renovations, will open on Jan. 1. Sero Amusement Company plans to operate the former second run and art house on a first-run basis.”

The Exhibitor, Jan. 27, 1954: “The Gem, operated by Sero Amusement Company Los Angeles, opened after being remodeled.”

dallasmovietheaters on January 16, 2018 at 6:36 pm

To clarify the theatre timeline: the Liberty Theatre had its grand opening on March 13, 1911 (this venue). Salt Lake’s original Gem Theatre had its grand opening at 318 South State Street on September 28, 1907 but was an early casualty in the store show era.

The Liberty became the Gem Theatre on November 2, 1919 with “Broken Blossoms.” After closing following WW2, the Gem was reopened on August 31, 1951. It appears to have closed in November of 1967. A year later it was demolished.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 28, 2010 at 10:52 am

By the sixties it was showing Grade C films.“REFORM SCHOOL GIRLS” and “DRAGSTRIP GIRL” were playing together on Oct.2 1959.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 20, 2010 at 1:50 am

I was noticing the pagoda-like boxoffice in that 1912 photo. It’s an interesting bit of Chinoiserie set amid the European classical details of the facade. It looks like there might have been some Art Nouveau stained glass in the arch, the doors, and the upper floor windows as well. I wonder if there are any surviving photos of the interior?

TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 9:26 pm

It was a real GEM of a theatre.

larrygoldsmith on March 22, 2008 at 7:17 pm

It appears the Gem Theatre was part of a small chain of 14 theatres scattered thru out Utah. They were all under the name of GEM. I wonder if a Gem Theatre still operates today??

42ndStreetMemories on November 20, 2005 at 6:02 am

The marquee shot of The Valient and Sword of the COnqueror would be circa 1962; the IMDB date for both films. Useless but interesting information. j

ghamilton on June 22, 2005 at 1:10 pm

This was one of the most beautiful small theaters I ever saw.They managed to stuff a lot of features into a small house.

ghamilton on May 21, 2005 at 6:48 pm

The place is definitely gone.I used to love downtown SLC.It was actually one the the last downtowns to go totally pear shaped.I lived downtown for some many months from Aug,69 to June 70.My wife and I could walk to any number of theaters and great eateries that are all long gone.The Hotel Utah was still one of the world’s greatest.The soon to be gone,if not already, Inn on Temple Square was a sleazy hotel and the bus station.My,but time does march on.I wish all the best to the soulless pratts that think they can save the place.They want a G-rated urban paradise in a R-rated world.It will be tough sledding,or rafting if the spring floods come,as they might again.

ghamilton on April 19, 2005 at 2:43 pm

I’ll be in UT nxt wk.I’ll look.

rroberts on April 19, 2005 at 2:09 pm

Is it still standing?

ghamilton on March 8, 2005 at 3:58 am

Thanks for that.In my senility,I was sure I had been there in 64-65,I guess I was.

ghamilton on March 7, 2005 at 5:05 pm

When did this place close?

William on December 6, 2003 at 3:56 pm

The Gem Theatre seated 695 people.