The Georgia Trust

2012 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION

GEM THEATRE
Calhoun, Gordon County

The building that houses the GEM Theatre was originally built in 1920 as a furniture store, but became a theater in 1936 and operated as such until 1980 when it was put back into the retail industry as a clothing store. Over the years of transition, much of the interior finishes were removed or modified. In 2002 a local nonprofit organization was formed to revive the building after it had sat vacant for some time. The roof was replaced, exterior features restored, and the interior was rehabilitated referencing historic photos from 1936 to the mid-1950s. The GEM Theatre is once again a focal point of community life in downtown Calhoun and will hopefully inspire more businesses in this historic commercial district to follow suit.

 

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