149 1st Avenue,
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The Gem Theatre was constructed around October 1916 and was presumably opened in December of that year; it also had a balcony in addition to its main floor seating. The theatre was still active, showing movies until March 1970, experiencing such advents as sound and even 3-D. The Gem Theatre sat vacant for a year and in 1971 it was taken over by a local theatre group, but closed for good in 1972. After that until 1983, when it became a hardware store.
The Gem Theatre was inactive again shortly thereafter until December 1998, when the theatre was used as a performing arts venue for concerts by independent rock bands; that raised the ire of many local residents who assisted in closing the theatre again after reported unruliness by its adolescent patrons. The Gem Theatre is now in residential use.
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