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 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 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 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?

DetroitDerek on January 15, 2008 at 6:25 am

Here is the sign at night:

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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 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 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.

Sean Ryan
Sean Ryan 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 on January 3, 2004 at 6:27 pm

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