106 S. Locust Street,
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Previously operated by: Fox Circuit
Previous Names: Casino Theatre
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Centralia’s first regular movie house was in operation by 1907 as the Casino Theatre. In 1909 it reopened on November 18 as the Gem Theatre.
The Gem Theatre was operated as an independent house for many years by Harmon Ferguson, but in 1925 came under control of the Fox interests. Ferguson went on to be manager of Fox’s Illinois Theatre and later the State Theatre.
The Gem Theatre was last listed in Film Daily’s Yearbook in 1931, with an asterisk denoting that it had not been wired for sound pictures.
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