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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.”

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Source: https://npgallery.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/NRHP/Text/84002074.pdf
http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2494
https://westernmininghistory.com/towns/nevada/pioche/

(I realize there’s a google artifact over The Gem. I’m leaving it.)

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