Gem Theater

120 Ross Street,
Beaverton, MI 48612

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Gem Theater (Official)

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Firms: Johnson Construction Co.

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 989.435.2434

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Interior shot. April 2015

The Gem Theater is located in the downtown section of Beaverton. A single screen seating 302. It was in continuous operation since the 1940’s. It was closed in March 2016 for renovation. It had reopened by November 2018.

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Jimbo on June 4, 2008 at 11:47 am

I lived in Beaverton 1979-1985 .. This neat little Mom ‘n Pop theater was showing Major New releases for $1.00 !!! – People were driving in from Midland, Gladwin, Harrison to see ONE DOLLAR films … the old
man made some of it back with candy & pop prices … but so what?

rivest266 on November 11, 2012 at 11:02 am

The office website is at

208Gem on September 28, 2016 at 12:33 pm

As of March 2016 the Gem has been purchased and is currently under full major renovation.

KenLayton on November 30, 2018 at 9:38 am

According to a post on film-tech forums, this theater has reopened!

Trolleyguy on November 30, 2018 at 10:26 am

Updated website link:

graymatters on April 17, 2021 at 6:55 am

My grandfather Albert S. “Al” Johnson’s Johnson Construction Company almost certainly built the Gem Theatre. His son’s notes show the “Beaverton” theater job in 1940. No theater name is indicated, but it almost certainly refers to the Gem Theatre, which is still open. Unfortunately Al Johnson’s theater project slide collection includes none of this job.

A couple of early photos on this site show two pairs of art moderne entrance doors with half-octagonal glass - a style of patented “Johnson doors” - similar to those on the Bad Axe Theatre and other Michigan theaters built by Johnson Construction Co. between the 1930s and 1950s.

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