The Opera House, built in 1873, served as the first movie theater in Pioche, NV, playing its first film in 1915. The Gem Theatre opened next door as the town’s first dedicated movie theater in 1937. Pioche, NV was once a booming mining town of the “old west” but currently has a dwindling population of barely 1000.
The Gem, which had been operating as a 2nd run movie theater, closed in 2002.
This city has a very interesting history. Check out the sources below to learn more about Pioche, “The Living Ghost Town.”
(I realize there’s a google artifact over The Gem. I’m leaving it.)
Norilsk is a Russian city inside the Arctic Circle and is the northernmost city with over 100,000 people. It was founded in 1920. Because of industry, the city has common acid rain and contributes 1% of the world’s sulfur dioxide. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova from the band Pussy Riot grew up in Norilsk. The city has two movie theaters. One of them is currently playing Despicable Me.
And that weird apartment building stood alone in a field for a decade.