Gem Theatre

130 Main Street,
Pioche, NV 89043

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Located on Highway 93, this one time boom town for mining had a population of 27,000 in the late 1920’s.

Today’s population has dwindled to about 900 according to the folks at the local gas station.

The Gem has survived all of these years. It’s a wooden structure just off the main street(business 93). This is quite an interesting town if you are into old ghost/mining areas!

Sadly, the Gem Theatre was closed in 2002, it was an independently operated, second-run movie theatre.

Contributed by Mark Gulbrandsen

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9262692 on November 4, 2005 at 3:19 am

The sister theatre of the GEM is the GlOBE in Globe, Arizona. They were built by the same person.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 20, 2005 at 1:18 pm

This is a 2004 photo of the Gem Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 16, 2006 at 3:51 pm

There is a Gem Theater listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Unless there was another Gem Theater located in Pioche, it must be this one.

NEVADA – Lincoln County – Vacant / Not In Use

Brown’s Hall-Thompson’s Opera House ** (added 1984 – Building – #84002074)
Also known as Gem Theater
Lincoln County – N. Main St., Pioche
(less then 1 acres, 1 building)
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
Architect, builder, or engineer: Brown,Aleck
Architectural Style: No Style Listed
Area of Significance: Entertainment/Recreation, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1850-1874
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Vacant/Not In Use

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 17, 2006 at 3:35 am

Here is a 2006 photo of the Gem Theater in Pioche.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 28, 2006 at 2:31 pm

This theater appears to be closed. Another recent photo can be seen here.

lostinpioche on November 18, 2006 at 8:50 pm

The Gem has been closed for over 4 years, due to a bad wind storm. The 2 brothers who own it, can’t decide on when or why to reopen it! We’re stuck here with out any theater.. Nice..NOT

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 14, 2007 at 12:08 pm

This is another photo of the Gem Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 22, 2008 at 7:48 am

Here is a 2008 photo. It still looks closed. The status should be changed accordingly.

kencmcintyre on April 1, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Here is another photo from 2008 or thereabouts:

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm

The Gem theatre was a Hawk Circuit theatre with home office in Salt Lake City,Utah.

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