Gem Theater

712 W. 9th Street,
Little Rock, AR 72201

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Gem Theater

The Gem Theater was opened September 5, 1910. This was a segregated theater and in the late-1930’s thru 1950’s it operated as an African-American theater. The Gem Theater was still operating in 1955.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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rivest266
rivest266 on November 5, 2017 at 4:50 am

This opened on September 5th, 1910. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

widgetwilson
widgetwilson on January 4, 2018 at 4:02 pm

I’ve been doing some research on a different Gem Theatre in Little Rock for a project and the one you are speaking of opened in 1944. https://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/templars-back-in-business/Content?oid=1013053 There was another Gem Theatre which rivest266 is referring to. It was at 113 W. 3rd Street. It burned in December of 1928. I don’t know if the two had a connection. There was a Gem Attractions business that owned the first Gem and another theater. Maybe it continued into the ‘40s and they used the name again. The link I provided above gives a little more history of the building you are covering here. I would be glad to provide a photo of the first Gem Theatre if you like. Thanks to rivest266 for providing me with the opening date of my theater! And, thanks to the admins of this website for providing info about other buildings for my research!

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