Calhoun’s GEM Theatre…where someone viewed Gone With The Wind for the very first time…the location a resident watched the news and received World War II updates…the place a child sat every Saturday captivated by cartoons…where a couple had their first date…and where everyone in Gordon County came for entertainment.
The GEM Theatre was established in downtown Calhoun in 1927 and expanded to its current size in 1939. The theatre was Calhoun’s only movie and performing arts venue until it closed in the late ‘70’s.
Thanks to the vision of the King family, this building (which had been vacant for the majority of the past 20 years) was purchased in 2001. The building was then donated to the Friends of Calhoun’s GEM Theatre, a non-profit organization composed of dedicated individuals wishing to see the theatre restored.
The main theatre area had remained intact; however water damage had destroyed the stage and ruined much of the interior. The Friends of the GEM hired an architectural firm and contractor that specialize in historic restoration and after 10 tireless years of fundraising, the GEM Theatre re-opened on August 27, 2011 and was recognized as a 2012 Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Rehabilitation Award recipient.
The GEM features the best of both the past and present, as its appearance takes you back to 1939 and its amenities provide a state-of-the-art theatre experience.The original GEM is best remembered as a movie theatre, but the renovated 461 seat GEM showcases a variety of entertainment. Most importantly, the GEM is the community’s theatre. It is the “gem” in Calhoun’s crown.
It is yours – become a member, purchase a seat, advertise your business, rent. But most of all, sit back and enjoy the shows.