149 1st Avenue,
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The Gem Theater was constructed around October 1916 and was presumably opened in December of that year; it also had a balcony in addition to its main floor seating. The theatre was still active, showing movies until 1972, experiencing such advents as sound and even 3-D. The Gem Theater sat vacant for many years after that until 1983, when it became a hardware store.
The Gem Theater was inactive again shortly thereafter until December 1998, when the theater was used as a performing arts venue for concerts by independent rock bands; that raised the ire of many local residents who assisted in closing the theater again after reported unruliness by its adolescent patrons. The Gem Theatre is now in residential use.
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