Gem Theatre

10 Bridge Street,
Frenchtown, NJ 08825

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This was the second of three movie theatres in this small river town. It opened in the 1920s in the Britton Brothers building. It closed in the early 1930s with the opening of the Barn Theatre.

Any additional information on this theatre would be greatly appreciated.

source: “Sketches of a River Town” by Ellen Fletcher 1997, page 83

Contributed by tc

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 17, 2005 at 11:19 am

This link has a photo of the building that housed the former Gem Theater. The building was recently sold.

teecee
teecee on August 17, 2005 at 1:12 pm

Thanks lostmemory – great find. I have eaten in the basement restaruant numerous times and had no idea that the building housed a theatre at one.
Therefore, the proper street address is 10 Bridge Street, home to Cocina del Sol restaurant and the following:

Garbo and Sasha
10 Bridge St * 908-996-7976
Unique clothing, accessories

Pardon My French
10 Bridge St * 908-996-4442
Home decor and accessories

Race Street Kids
10 Bridge St * 908-996-6787
Children’s clothing, toys

I’ll take some photos of the building and post them. Maybe some of the architecture will yield clues as to the precise location of the theater as this building is huge.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on August 18, 2005 at 2:22 pm

Was the Barn Theater in the same building?

teecee
teecee on August 19, 2005 at 2:01 am

No. As you can see from my photos on the Barn posting, the building is totally different than the Gem building and it is located on a different street.

teecee
teecee on March 3, 2006 at 3:19 pm

My photos from 12/10/05. The history is shown on this sign, right under my nose all of this time:
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Old lobby:
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Side:
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Rear:
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 5, 2009 at 8:24 pm

This restaurant is in the Gem building. There is a small photo of the building on their site.
http://www.cocinadelsolnj.com/

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