Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The Gem Theatre

Marker ID:  
Location: 188 W. Main St., Kingsport, TN
County: Sullivan
Coordinates: N 36° 32.745    W 082° 33.774
  36.54575    -82.5629
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


The old Gem Theatre was one of the first buildings in downtown Kingsport. Built in 1915, this building has been used for everything from a country-western bar to a church. It was originally a movie theater that showed a variety of films including old westerns. Kingsport's own Congressman James Quillen sold tickets here. In 1994, the Downtown Kingsport Association purchased the building and later renovated it for their offices.

Erected by Downtown Kingsport Association.