Gem Theatre

207 North Broadway,
Davenport, OK 74026

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The Gem Theatre was operating prior to 1950. Please fill us in if know anything regarding the old Gem Theatre.

Contributed by Cactus Jack

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raybradley
raybradley on March 11, 2011 at 7:56 pm

You’re correct, Sir, regarding that building being much too small. Google maps are always a few numbers off on the exact address. Perhaps the Gem Theatre sat a couple of doors to the left, or on that now vacant lot to the right.
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on April 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Here are roadsideoklahoma images of the old Gem
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/273

NorthPennTwin
NorthPennTwin on April 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm

The Gem was operated by my Grandfather, Troy Combs. Built in the early 1920’s it no longer exists. There is now a vacant lot where it once stood.

My father, Harold Combs, born in 1926 and my mother, Joanna Barton was born the previous day. My father’s family operated the Gem theater in Davenport and my mother’s family operated the Cozy theater in Stroud. Both small town theater owners from neighboring towns, they shared runs into Oklahoma City for films and supplies so my parents were thrown together in their cribs as both sets of grandparents became colleagues and even competitors. My parents were married after WWII and my father eventually went to work for the Bartons.

The Gem didn’t last and Troy Combs went on to become the Davenport Postmaster, while the Barton theater chain expanded from Stroud to Oklahoma City and beyond.

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on July 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Excellent history, northpenntwin. If the lot is now vacant, then 207 cannot be the address. Hopefully more research can uncover the address.

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