Gem Theatre

E. Broadway Street and Main Street,
Sterling, NE 68443

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Previous Names: Folly Theatre, Isis Theatre

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The Folly Theatre was opened by Mr. Bowman in 1912 with motion pictures. In January of 1926, the theatre was sold to Mr. Honey who changed its name to the Isis Theatre. He opened it with the slogan, “The Model Little Theatre” on January 28, 1926 with “Midshipmen”. The theatre competed with the Strand Theatre.

W.S. Birdsall took over the venue equipping it for sound under the name of the Gem Theatre on September 12, 1930 with Al Jolson in “Say it with Songs”. The Gem Theatre discontinued advertisements after the March 31, 1957 showing of “The Vagabond King” starring Kathryn Grayson. Because the population has fallen over the past two decades to under 500 people, it was likely quite a challenge to keep the movie house running.

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