Gem Theater

524 Hampshire Street,
Quincy, IL 62301

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 26, 2016 at 9:55 pm

And the Glenn Theatre, opened in 1910 as the Colonnade, was at 520 Hampshire, so for a time there were three small theaters in a row, with the Savoy in the middle. I wonder if there are any photos of the row somewhere?

robboehm on March 26, 2016 at 7:49 pm

Joe, I found a reference that a Peter Jacobs, former police chief of Springfield, Il opened the Savoy and Gem at 522 and 524 Hampshire. There are also references to both of these properties changing hands a number of times.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 26, 2016 at 9:58 am

This house might have been called both the Savoy and the Gem at various times, but there were houses of those names operating simultaneously in Quincy at one point. A book called Quincy and Adams County History and Representative Men, published in 1919, tells of Peter E. Pinklemann, a transplant from Philadelphia, who “…bought four theaters in Quincy, and now owns the Gem, the Savoy, the Princess and the Family, all popular and well patronized houses, furnishing a large share of the daily entertainment and amusement for Quincy people.”