Gem Theatre

126 West State Street,
Olean, NY 14760

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Lang’s Dreamland Theatre was listed in the 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory. The Dreamland Theatre was still operating in March of 1918. In September of that same year, the Gem Theatre is advertising at this address. The Gem Theatre is listed in the 1928 Film Daily Yearbook with 500 seats.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

There was an earlier theater called the Gem in Olean. Its demise is noted in The Moving Picture World of August 4, 1917:

“The Gem theater, Olean, N. Y., has closed permanently. G. T. Nickum, proprietor, has taken over the Havens theater, that city.”
Other items in the same issue mention houses called the Olympic and the Grand then operating in Olean.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm

The Dreamland Theatre is mentioned in the January 2, 1915, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“Lang’s Dreamland, a moving picture show of Olean, N. Y., is being improved. New chairs and decorations will be a feature. An up-to-date service is being engaged in Buffalo for this house.”
If the name had not been moved from another house, the Dreamland was already in operation by 1907, when it was mentioned in the November 16 issue of The Billboard. It was then presenting vaudeville. Lang’s Dreamland was advertising in the Olean Times-Herald at least as early as December, 1911.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm

A 1914-1915 city directory lists five theaters at Olean, and this house is listed simply as Lang’s Theatre, at 128 W. State Street. A New Dreamland Theatre, not conducted my Mr. Lang, had opened at 164 N. Union Street. The other three were the earlier Gem at 245 N. Union, the Havens at 115 W. State, and the Grand at 257 N. Union.

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