The GEM theatre arrived in Armstrong County in the fall of 1915 with the opening of The Claudia Theatre, which featured live performances before eventually transitioning into showing movies.
Today, the tradition of live theatre has been brought back to life at the beautifully restored building purchased in 1992 by the Armstrong County Museum, and renamed The Gem Theatre.
Located in the ACM complex, the theatre includes an exhibit of movie memorabilia from days gone by and regularly features live performances by local and touring drama and musical troupes.
For movie fans, the theatre is listed as a Texas Historical Site because of its connection to the Oscar-winning 1963 Paul Newman film, “Hud.”
The theatre is equipped with VHS video projection, satellite and Dolby surround-sound equipment. It exists to support the Museum in its efforts to preserve the sights and sounds of yesteryears and today.
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