George H. Harrison and R. Howard Harrison opened the $40,000 Roosevelt Theatre on Valentine's Day, 14 February 1942, with Shirley Temple in Kathleen. The “modern up-to-the minute motion picture theatre” was described as “new, beautiful, and elaborately equipped.” The interior color scheme was peach, green, and beige, with red velour curtains and drapes. The 500 seats in the auditorium were “arranged on a slight arc so that every seat directly faces the screen.” The stage was large and had floodlights, so the theater could “accommodate many types of entertainment” and serve as “a community playhouse as well as a motion picture theatre.”
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A marquee bearing the name "Gem" stands above the hall leading to theaters 14, 15, and 16. To the right of the Gem Hall, at the far end of the lobby, is the IMAX Theatre. Up the steps and to the left of the Gem marquee is the main area of the lobby of the Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons.
Grant Smith, 4 June 2005