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Gem Theatre


2001 Photo from the Grant Smith collection
8945 W 2700 S
Magna UT

Closed
Record #16707  
 Opened:
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Current Use:
 Demolished:
Capacity: 540 seats
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National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:

Information for this tour was contributed by Grant Smith.

The Gem Theater opened before 1930. [1] It was listed in the Yellow Pages from 1960 to 1973, and from 1976 through at least 1986. [2]

In about 1978, Stephen Barker, a film historian, purchased and renovated the Gem and Empress theaters in Magna. He reopened the Gem on 15 March 1978, showing older films, children's matinees, and catering to clubs and special interest groups. [3]

1. Polk's Utah Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1930-1931
2. Salt Lake City Classified Business Directory, 1960 through 1973 and 1976 through at least 1986.
3. "Film historian brings new life to old Magna theatres", Salt Lake Tribune, 14 May 1978, Page E11

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Last featured 1/23/2005. Last edited 1/14/2011.

 
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