GEM Theater Rehabilitation
The GEM Theater, located in downtown Calhoun, was constructed in 1920 and converted to a movie house in 1936.
The theater ceased operation as a movie theater in 1980 and was then converted to a retail shop. The building had been vacant for approximately 10 years when our team was retained to provide Historic Preservation Architectural Services to recapture the now historic movie house and adapt it to support a variety of public assembly functions including drama, dance, movies and lectures.
Our architects prepared a Preservation Plan that included measured drawings, identified character-defining features, recommended treatments and a conceptual cost estimate for the rehabilitation of the GEM Theater.
Using our team’s work, the Owner had a successful fundraising program that allowed it to move forward with Lord Aeck Sargent to perform a full rehabilitation of the theater.