Gem Theatre

Main Street,
Homedale, ID 83628

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Judithofalaska on December 6, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Hello everyone, My father was Bill Wegman who built the Rosalind Theatre in Homedale, Idaho. I would like to find out more information about the theatre. I’ve never heard of it called the “Gem.” My mother’s name was Rosalind, and my father built the theatre for her. Before they were married my mother ran a movie circuit around Owyhee county. She showed films in seven different small towns, one night in each community. I know she showed films in Grandview, Bruneau, and on the Duck Valley Indian Reserve. I would like to find out the names of the other four towns. I have a picture of the theatre and will find it and post it! Thank you for your help.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 21, 2010 at 1:18 am

The caption of this small photo of the Gem in Boxoffice of April 5, 1947, calls it the Rosalind Theatre, though a December 7, 1946, item had said that Bill Wegman’s new theater would be called the Gem. Further puzzlement is offered in Boxoffice of May 26, 1951, which refers to a Roseland Theatre in Homedale. I’m not sure if either of these is an actual aka for the Gem.

The caption of the 1947 photo also refers to a “makeshift” theater Bill Wegman had previously operated in Homedale. The earlier theater was also called the Gem. Boxoffice of May 22, 1937, said “The Gem Theatre of Homedale, Idaho, is reported to have opened recently.”