Gem Theatre

111 W. 1st Street,
Kannapolis, NC 28081

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UAGirl on December 14, 2001 at 1:47 pm

The Gem theatre is quite possibly the crown jewel of the city of Kannapolis, NC. She is located in Cannon Village across from Cannon Mills plant #4.The Gem Theater was built in 1938. She was burned down in 1942 and was rebuilt in 1948.

The auditorium has a seat count of 960. The auditorium itself has beautiful dark draperies flowing down the main wall. The deco sections nearest to the screen/stage are covered in these two brilliantly illuminated phoenix birds. She ceiling is a grand domed top with very simplistic yet decorative stucco designs. Inside concession area and box office are in a stream line styling with beautiful silver highlights. The upstairs balcony lobby is surrounded with mirrors on all of the walls.The carpet is a lovely burgundy/purple hue. All original signs and lights remain. Her booth contains a Cristie projector and platter system. The sound is standard Dolby surround

Function wise she plays second films 60% of the time and first runs 40% of the time. I believe that on Sundays though a local church has service in the theatre.

I will provide the site with more photos as I get my film developed.

Hope this helps, UAGirl *the other theatre manager down the street in Concord,NC :)

davidearl on November 24, 2001 at 7:00 am

very historic theatre now used for discount 2nd run movies i believe. i have not been in but have drove by a few times. i plan to visit it soon. amazed no officials of the city or theatre have contacted this site with pictures or more info. this theatre appears to be a real gem!