Gem Theatre

3938 Thalia Street,
New Orleans, LA 70125

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Previously operated by: Bijou Amusement Company

Firms: Dreyfous & Seiferth

Styles: Art Deco

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Gem Theatre

The Gem Theatre opened in 1947. It was operated by the Bijou Amusement Company as an African-American theatre.

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BigEasyBarry on August 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm

I have a photo of the building that I took 08-06-09. If you’d like a copy let me know.

BigEasyBarry on August 15, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Here is a photo of the Gem Theater taken 08-06-09.
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masatcpg on August 28, 2009 at 1:27 pm


Do you have an address for the Gem? It would be much appreciated. Thanks

spectrum on April 21, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Currently it is boarded up – somewhat deteriorated but I’ve seen worse.

ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Announcing a book about New Orleans Movie Theaters

The History of the Neighborhood Theaters in New Orleans
is being written by 89-year-old Rene Brunet, the dean of the motion picture industry in Louisiana, and New Orleans historian and preservationist Jack Stewart. The 160-page,coffee table book will be released in November and is being published by Arthur Hardy Enterprises, Inc. Attention will be focused on 50 major neighborhood and downtown theaters, culled from a list of nearly 250 that have dotted the cityâ€\s landscape since the first “nickelodeon” opened in 1896 at 626 Canal Street. The book will be divided by neighborhoods and will open with a map and a narrative about each area. Each major theater will feature “then and now” photographs, historic information, and a short series of quotes from famous New Orleanians and from regular citizens who will share their recollections.
We are trying to acquire memorabilia and additional photos of this theater for this publication. (deadline July 1.) You will be credited in the book and receive a free autographed copy if we publish the picture that you supply. Please contact Arthur Hardy at or call 504-913-1563 if you can help.

kelerin on December 10, 2012 at 11:59 am

Designed by Dreyfous and Seiferth, architects. 1947. Specifications in the Southeastern Architectural Archive, Tulane University.

BoZ on August 24, 2015 at 9:48 am

The GEM Theatre is currently being restored to its original state as a historic building although being repurposed as a small brewery and tasting room.

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