Oct 172011
 

The Gem Theater (photographed by Charles L. Franck Photographers, held in the Historic New Orleans Collection, via Louisiana Digital Libraries, louislibraries.org)

The theater today (via prcno.org)

The old Gem Theater in Central City is on the city’s demolition agenda today (Monday, Oct. 17), as are a former fast-food restaurant on South Carrollton, a camelback and a double in the Freret neighborhood, and assortment of other homes in Broadmoor, Central City and Hollygrove.

The Gem Theater in the 3900 block of Thalia Street operated from 1948 to 1961 for African-Americans, with a capacity of 800 seats, according to information at cinematreasures.org.

[UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.]: Eleanor Burke, deputy director of the city’s Historic District Landmarks Commission, left the following comment on this article:

The Gem Theater at 3940 Thalia Street is a Designated Landmark under the jurisdiction of the Historic District Landmarks Commission. This item was placed on the NCDC agenda in error. It will be withdrawn.

Links to images and photo galleries below are provided by the Preservation Resource Center:

2124 Baronne (via prcno.org)

Carrollton
1414 S CARROLLTON AVE

Freret
4517-19 S SARATOGA ST*
2608 ROBERT ST – FEMA

Broadmoor
3331 LOUISIANA AVENUE PKWY – FEMA
2630 MAGNOLIA ST – FEMA

Central City/Hoffman Triangle
2218-20 7TH STREET – Code Enforcement
2124 BARONNE ST – Code Enforcement
2233 HARMONY ST – Code Enforcement
2213 S ROBERTSON ST – Code Enforcement
2915 1ST STREET – FEMA
2232-34 LOUISIANA AVE – FEMA
2324-26 TOLEDANO ST – FEMA
1119-21 S GAYOSO ST – Code Enforcement
2316 SEMINOLE LN – FEMA
2317 SEMINOLE LN – FEMA
3940 THALIA ST – FEMA

Hollygrove
8718 BELFAST ST – FEMA

2608 Robert (via prcno.org)

4517 S. Saratoga (via prcno.org)

  • Eleanor Burke

    The Gem Theater at 3940 Thalia Street is a Designated Landmark under the jurisdiction of the Historic District Landmarks Commission. This item was placed on the NCDC agenda in error. It will be withdrawn.