1615 E. 18th Street,
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American Jazz Museum (Official)
Architects: George Carman
Previous Names: Star Theatre
Opened in 1912 as the Star Theatre, it was renamed Gem Theatre around 1914. It got a facade facelift in 1923. The Gem Theatre was built for use by African-American audiences and had a seating capacity for 1,414. Movies continued until the mid-1970’s and then went to live performances. Since 1997, after a detailed renovation to create a 500-seat performance space which removed most of the original interior, it has been a venue for the American Jazz Museum located across the street. The Gem Theatre is still a popular venue for the African-American audience. The theatre is very impresive and spotlessly clean.
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