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Front of theater from across the street.

Photographer: Grant Smith
Date: 24 July 2001

Gem Theatre
(Gem Magna Theatre)
 
8945 West 2700 South
Magna, Utah
 
Status:
Closed 
Total Seats:
540 
Open:
Before 1930  
Closed:
After 1986  
 

The Gem Theater opened before 1930.[1]  It was listed in the Yellow Pages from 1960 to 1973, and from 1976 through at least 1986.[2]

In about 1978, Stephen Barker, a film historian, purchased and renovated the Gem and Empress theaters in Magna. He reopened the Gem on 15 March 1978, showing older films, children's matinees, and catering to clubs and special interest groups.[3]


1. Polk's Utah Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1930-1931
2.
Salt Lake City Classified Business Directory, 1960 through 1973 and 1976 through at least 1986.
3. “Film historian brings new life to old Magna theatres”, Salt Lake Tribune, 14 May 1978, Page E11