New Jem Theatre

20 Main Avenue N.,
Harmony, MN 55939

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New Jem Theatre

The Orient Theatre was opened in 1918. In December 1935 it was renamed New Jem Theatre. It was badly damaged by a fire on April 25, 1940. A new Jem Theatre was built next door and opened in September 1940. After repairs were made to the New Jem Theatre, it was converted into retail use.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 2, 2018 at 4:47 pm

An Orient Theatre at Harmony, Minnesota, was mentioned in the August 17, 1918 issue of The Moving Picture World. A history of the house on the current JEM Theatre’s web site says that the Orient was at 20 Main Ave. North. It was bought by J. M. Rostvold in December, 1935, and renamed the JEM Theatre.

The original theater building was seriously damaged by a fire on April 25, 1940. Rostvold then built the New JEM on the lot next door at 14 Main Ave. North, opening it in September, 1940. The original theater building was repaired and converted to retail space.

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