The Gem Theater was built right next to the historic Thompson Opera House in Pioche in 1937.
Many first-run movies from Hollywood’s Golden Era played to audiences in Pioche and those from other surrounding communities who came out for a night at the movies.
The first movie, a silent film, was shown at the Opera House in 1915.
For a time, the Opera House removed its original signboard and advertised itself as Thompson Electric Movies. A generator provided electricity.
Photo by Dale Smith