West Washington Street,
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The Gem Theatre was a very short lived movie theater that was located at the corner of West Washington and Fentress Streets. That would mean it was located in the old Crete Opera House building which is still standing and now owned by the Henry County Board of Education. I don’t believe the Crete Opera House ever showed movies, only live performances. I believe that the entrance was on West Washington Street. It would have been across Washington Street from the now demolished Caldwell Hotel, and across Fentriss Street from the still standing Greystone Hotel.
It was open in the late-1930s and listed as closed in the 1941 & 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook. At that time there were 3 movie theaters in downtown Paris. I was told by my uncle that the best and newest movies always went to the Capitol Theatre, then second run/not quite so new movies went to the Princess Theatre, and that the Gem Theatre usually played older movies and/or B westerns. He was not sure how long it was open, but it was not long. I would like to know more about it.
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