118 S. Main Street,
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The Gem Theatre was opened in 1913. In June 1916 it was reported that the theatre suffered damage from a hurricane. The Gem Theatre appears on the 1919 Sanborn, in a narrow concrete building that was constructed sometime after 1908. Since this block had experienced rapid growth, and some smaller wooden buildings had been replaced with brick or concrete structures, it’s entirely possible that it was constructed to be a theatre, rather than converted from a store. It was damaged by a furnace fire in early-1928.
This was closed on June 23, 1938, and converted to retail. The 2015 streetview shows it vacant, with a very unattractive 1970’s front, but it has recently been turned into a sushi restaurant.
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