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Murray, Utah
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Gem Theater
4865 South State Street
Murray, Utah
 
Status:
Demolished 
Open:
1923  
Closed:
1930  
Demolished:
1930  
 
In 1923 Tony Duvall purchased the 16-unit Iris Apartment Building and built onto the north side of it a small theater named The Gem. In 1930 Duvall demolished The Gem and replaced it with the larger New Iris Theater and an 8-unit apartment building. The New Iris was later renamed the Vista and then the Desert Star Playhouse.1

1. National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for the Murray Theater