Gem Theatre

S. Wilson Avenue and Rail Road Street,
Prichard, AL 36610

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The Gem Theatre was opened in September 1939, when it was listed as an African-American theatre. It continued to operated until at least 1955.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 8, 2021 at 5:00 pm

The “Theatres Under Construction” column of Film Daily for July 21, 1939 had this item listed for Alabama: “Prichard — Gem, 480 seats, Wilson Ave.; Builder: L. Harris; Operator: Chas. Waterall; To be completed 9-1-39.”

A post on a City-Data forum says that the site of the Gem Theatre is now a park. Some streets in the area have been reconfigured, so it’s impossible to tell exactly where the theater was.

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