Gem Theater

Island Avenue,
Peaks Island, ME 04108

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maddawgmurph
maddawgmurph on July 18, 2014 at 8:30 pm

There were 3 theatres on Peaks Island. the first was the pavilion. It was the first summer stock theatre and had 500 seats, but when the manager started to get Broadway actors, seat sales shot up. Then in 1898, the Forest City Skating rink was converted to a 1500 seat, ultra modern theatre called the Gem. The Pavilion was then converted to the Majestic Skating rink. Both saw hard times after WWI, but survived until the depression hit. A great fire destroyed the Gem, but the pavilion/majestic was taken down in 25/26. Both showed films when the summer season ended. The last theatre was the Greenwood Garden Opera house. This became another theatre, dance hall, summer stock, and now the Peaks island lions club indoor seating, dance, hall. jean Stapleton, Martin Landau, and Bette Davis performed here. A great salute to the director John Ford was here in tehe 1960’s.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 2, 2014 at 6:31 am

The 1926 edition of Film Daily Yearbook shows a Pavilion Theatre on Peaks Island, which had 500 seats.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

The 1918 New England Business Directory lists a Greenwood Garden Theatre showing motion pictures on Peaks Island. Could this have been the same theatre?

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on August 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

I was there last week. This building does not exist in this location. Should change to “demolished.”