Gem Theatre

1662 Washington Avenue,
Alton, IL 62002

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The Gem opened in 1913 as the Ouatoga Theatre. The name change was done sometime between 1921 and 1924. It was a small storefront theatre that presented motion pictures until 1945. The building then housed various retail stores from 1948 through 1972. It later became a Chinese restaurant. The building has since been torn down.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 11, 2008 at 6:28 pm

The two blocks between 1650 and 1672 Washington are occupied by a Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy, respectively. No trace of any theater building from the teens. Status should be closed/demolished.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 20, 2009 at 6:44 am

The Gem was torn down in July 1997, according to this article in the Alton Telegraph at that time:
http://tinyurl.com/mrgx4e
http://tinyurl.com/nmkuaa

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm

I have to find a magnifying glass to read that.

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