The Gem Theater

The Gem Theater
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Originally named the Star Theater, the Gem was built in 1912 by the Shriner and Powellson Amusement Company as a silent movie palace serving Kansas City’s African American population. It was renamed the Gem in 1913, and by the time motion pictures could talk in 1929, it had become an established fixture on 18th Street.

Unfortunately, its years as a movie theatre ended in 1960 and by the 1980s, it had faded into a shadow of its former glory. However, when Mayor Richard Berkley and then City

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LOCATION

The Gem Theater

1615 E 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108

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PARKING INFO

Street parking is available on 18th Street, Vine Street, 19th Street, Highland Avenue, and 17th Terrace.

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