Gem Theatre

160 South State Street,
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Gem Theatre

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The Gem Theatre in downtown Salt Lake City, was built in 1911 as the Liberty Theatre.

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ghamilton
ghamilton on April 19, 2005 at 10:43 pm

I’ll be in UT nxt wk.I’ll look.

ghamilton
ghamilton on May 22, 2005 at 2:48 am

The place is definitely gone.I used to love downtown SLC.It was actually one the the last downtowns to go totally pear shaped.I lived downtown for some many months from Aug,69 to June 70.My wife and I could walk to any number of theaters and great eateries that are all long gone.The Hotel Utah was still one of the world’s greatest.The soon to be gone,if not already, Inn on Temple Square was a sleazy hotel and the bus station.My,but time does march on.I wish all the best to the soulless pratts that think they can save the place.They want a G-rated urban paradise in a R-rated world.It will be tough sledding,or rafting if the spring floods come,as they might again.

ghamilton
ghamilton on June 22, 2005 at 9:10 pm

This was one of the most beautiful small theaters I ever saw.They managed to stuff a lot of features into a small house.

42ndStreetMemories
42ndStreetMemories on November 20, 2005 at 2:02 pm

The marquee shot of The Valient and Sword of the COnqueror would be circa 1962; the IMDB date for both films. Useless but interesting information. j

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on March 23, 2008 at 2:17 am

It appears the Gem Theatre was part of a small chain of 14 theatres scattered thru out Utah. They were all under the name of GEM. I wonder if a Gem Theatre still operates today??

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 20, 2010 at 5:26 am

It was a real GEM of a theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 20, 2010 at 9:50 am

I was noticing the pagoda-like boxoffice in that 1912 photo. It’s an interesting bit of Chinoiserie set amid the European classical details of the facade. It looks like there might have been some Art Nouveau stained glass in the arch, the doors, and the upper floor windows as well. I wonder if there are any surviving photos of the interior?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm

By the sixties it was showing Grade C films.“REFORM SCHOOL GIRLS” and “DRAGSTRIP GIRL” were playing together on Oct.2 1959.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

An early Salt Lake City cinema called the Rex may be unlisted at CT. Here are two 1912 photos: archive

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Described as the Liberty in this 1913 trade article: archive

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