Gem Theatre

333 Madison Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48226

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Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

Patsy
Patsy on December 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I recently learned of this theatre and its monumental relocation! Congrats to those who saved it by moving it.

ERD
ERD on December 6, 2009 at 7:03 am

What a charming theatre! The restoration and move was well worth it. Kudos to all those who saved the Gem.

kathy2trips
kathy2trips on December 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm

An exterior shot from the “bad old days”: View link

All the more amazing when you see the “before” pictures. If this doesn’t sell you on the notion of recycling historic buildings, I don’t know what will.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 26, 2009 at 12:40 pm

The Gem interior was in really bad shape before they restored it, correct?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 10, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Recent interior photos can be seen here and here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 17, 2008 at 9:26 am

Two more photos can be seen here.

DetroitDerek
DetroitDerek on January 15, 2008 at 6:25 am

Here is the sign at night:

View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 11, 2007 at 1:26 pm

This website has some photos of the Gem Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 4, 2007 at 4:51 pm

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1985

Century Building and Little Theatre (added 1985 – Building – #85000993)
Also known as Century Club
333 Madison, Detroit
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Mason,George D.
Architectural Style: Renaissance
Area of Significance: Architecture, Social History
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture, Social
Historic Sub-function: Meeting Hall, Theater
Current Function: Unknown

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 28, 2006 at 2:32 pm

Here are some recent photos of the Gem Theater. Click each photo to expand it.

melders
melders on May 9, 2006 at 7:43 pm

The Gem was the heavist building moved at the time. The Shubert later supased that record.

johnlauter
johnlauter on March 31, 2006 at 6:52 pm

The Gem looks so much better over on Madison since the move. It looks like it’s always been there. Chuck did the city a huge favor in saving the State, and Gem, and kept the Fox intact during his ownership.

sdoerr
sdoerr on February 2, 2006 at 10:35 am

Jimmy Kimmel has been utilizing the Gem as his taping locations while he is in for Super Bowl. He will be taping for a week.

i seen it yesterday, I liked the Detroit flavor of the opening and scenes. The musical guests performed on the Century Grille stage. They covered up the nice little arch with wood paneling.

ryan0290
ryan0290 on March 19, 2004 at 7:47 am

The Shubert Theater in Minneapolis was actually the heaviest building moved. The Gem Theater is in the record books for the longest distance moved.

Guinness records:

Gem Theater

Shubert Theater

marksweetman
marksweetman on January 3, 2004 at 6:27 pm

God Bless Chuck Forbes. I have seen three shows in this theater. It is a treasure.