Gem Theatre

1511 W. 18th Street,
Chicago, IL 60608

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0123456789 on November 18, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Now it is a torteya cmpany.

Broan on October 15, 2007 at 11:01 am

It was also later a bowling alley.

Broan on October 15, 2007 at 11:00 am

This one is a little odd. A 1914 Sanborn map shows the theater occupying only the westernmost of the three lots this building occupies; the building was seemingly built in 1909 as a Post Office (it certainly looks like one too) and the eastern two lots are shown as such. It later became a bowling alley. It seems likely that the theater occupied a third of the post office- perhaps it was built too large for the area.

Broan on September 30, 2007 at 7:02 pm

Pictures of this theatre are HERE

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 25, 2007 at 11:05 am

Konrad Schiecke’s book ‘Historic Movie Theatre in Illinois 1883-1960’ states;Opened 1914;Closed 1927;Seats:300. The site is now a building used for recreational activities.