Gem Theatre

12852 Main Street,
Garden Grove, CA 92840

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vmoyneur on April 16, 2014 at 9:17 pm

I saw a few movies there. The one that comes to mind was the Flintstone Movie. It was advertised as in color but was black and white. I also remember the projections announcing before the movie “No Seat Hopping….”

ARGONAUT55 on December 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I lived right around the corner from the Gem, in the late 1950s and ‘60s. I saw many movies there as a young cub, and remember it fondly. The Gem is located in what is the old downtown section of Garden Grove, and may very well been the original theater for the town. It is a splendid little cinema and I am glad that it is doing live performances.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 30, 2005 at 11:53 pm

Was this theatre called the Gem when it was a movie house? There was once a theatre in Garden Grove called the Grove (not yet listed on Cinema Treasures, unless this is it under another name.) I never saw it, but it was owned in the 1950s by the Vinicoff Theatre Circuit, which also operated the Garfield Theatre in Alhambra which it owned in partnership with Edwards Theatres. Every once in a while, tickets bought at the Garfield would say “Grove Theatre” on them.

Filmfreak on April 1, 2003 at 10:58 am

This theatre is very much alive and well. In great shape and being used for community theater and live bands.