Flash Gordon lights up the screen in 1983.
The Gem Theatre has been a family attraction for decades, as seen in this photo from 1951.
Movie advertisements for The Gem in 1938 display the movie trends of the time.
In 1939, Roy Rogers and The Lone Ranger made an on-stage appearance at The Gem.
The Gem Theatres new lobby on opening day in 1948.
The view from the back of the theater on opening day in 1948.
The view from the stage on opening day in 1948.
An inside look at The Gems projection room in 1957.
In 1959, the line for The Gem stretched all the way around the block!
The colorful seating as seen from The Gems stage in 1973.
Movie fans pack the theater to see Jaws in 1978.
The Gem Theatre uses the marquee to welcome the president to Kannapolis in 1992.
The Gem recognizes Dale Earnhardt Day in Kannapolis in 1993.
By Cristina Wilson | Photography by The Gem Theatre
Posted: Monday, Oct. 31, 2011
This Kannapolis gem opened on Dec. 31, 1936. In 1942, the theater was almost lost to a fire, but it reopened in 1948 with a new lobby and balcony. The Gem is one of the oldest single-screen movie theaters in continuous operation in the country, and one of the few that still offers balcony seating. It has served as a community hub in Kannapolis; its marquee has highlighted some of the most memorable events of the last few decades. Visit this family-favorite spot to catch a modern film in a setting that will take you back to a different time. Even better, its a bargain, with $4 tickets for adults, $3 tickets for kids and seniors, and $3 matinee showings for everyone. www.gem-theatre.com.
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