Chinatown

Slidell, LA

#42 Aug 27, 2008
Love watching the Porter Waggoner show with Dolly Parton on a Sunday morning after church.
Willie Blues

AOL

#43 Aug 27, 2008
Here's a photo of the Gem Theater as well as photos of Cairo.(sorry for the excessive posting).

http://www.flickr.com/photos/army_arch/211297...
Willie Blues

AOL

#44 Aug 27, 2008
Say - ah, I know where one can get two German Steam locomotives (65 tons each) and a mile worth of track if Cairo wanted to get up and running a short line railroad using the steam engines.

They'd definitely be a tourist attraction once running, the guy was asking scrap valuation of about $125,000. Which he knows to get them operational one might have to put in more money.

But, one doesn't come across two steam locomotives for sale everyday and for such a low price and located in Northwest Tennessee, east of Paris,TN

Even it if they were stationary, they'd get people to stop and look and quite possibly stop and buy something in Cairo.

In the current issue of railfan & railroads magazine is a photograph of the same type of locomotive in use in Iowa.(0-4-0T is what they are, switch engines), but use the meter gauge for track, whatever happen to that shortline in Cairo ?
Sam

United States

#45 Aug 27, 2008
Willie Blues wrote:
Here's a photo of the Gem Theater as well as photos of Cairo.(sorry for the excessive posting).
http://www.flickr.com/photos/army_arch/211297...
The photos were beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
Chinatown

Slidell, LA

#46 Aug 27, 2008
Willie Blues wrote:
Why all this interest in the Gem Theater ?
Why not call somebody up in Cairo and ask them to drive down to it and take a photo with their camera telephone and send you the picture ?
Or contact the high school english department, no doubt they have a year book staff with digital camera... Those kids are going to be the benefactors of the place. They can photograph the whole town and post on photo website for all to see.
The problem with the local newspaper they have to charge for their time. Which is understandable.
Thanks for posting the pix, Willie. Now I don't need to call someone in Cairo to drive down and take a picture of it.(Just kidding...)

Why all this interest in the Gem? Well, I can only speak for myself, but I loved the Gem back in my day...standing in line, sometimes a block long on a Saturday afternoon, waiting to go see an Elvis Presley movie, or a John Wayne, Debbie Reynolds, or Jerry Lewis one. Remember like it was yesterday the first time I saw the Beatles "Hard Days Night" and "Help!" there. That old theatre brings back so many nostalgic moments for me. Also remember once going to a sorority fashion show there--on a school night. And can never forget the midnight horror movies, complete with a coffin in the lobby and employees dressed as monsters and vampires--or the Saturday morning ones during Christmas, like "Santa Claus and the Martians"! Just loved it!

The last movie I saw there was in 1978, Clint Eastwood's "Every which Way but Lose."
Missing Cairo

Union, SC

#47 Aug 27, 2008
Willie Blues wrote:
Here's a photo of the Gem Theater as well as photos of Cairo.(sorry for the excessive posting).
http://www.flickr.com/photos/army_arch/211297...
Willie, I really enjoyed the pictures. My mom worked the box office for awhile and then next door where the Rodgers ran Sunset Distributing, a film distribution center. I, too, saw a lot of movies there.
Missing Cairo

Union, SC

#48 Aug 27, 2008
Willie Blues wrote:
Say - ah, I know where one can get two German Steam locomotives (65 tons each) and a mile worth of track if Cairo wanted to get up and running a short line railroad using the steam engines.
They'd definitely be a tourist attraction once running, the guy was asking scrap valuation of about $125,000. Which he knows to get them operational one might have to put in more money.
But, one doesn't come across two steam locomotives for sale everyday and for such a low price and located in Northwest Tennessee, east of Paris,TN
Even it if they were stationary, they'd get people to stop and look and quite possibly stop and buy something in Cairo.
In the current issue of railfan & railroads magazine is a photograph of the same type of locomotive in use in Iowa.(0-4-0T is what they are, switch engines), but use the meter gauge for track, whatever happen to that shortline in Cairo ?
It would be nice if Cairo had something like that. Our local arts and science museum used to have a few cars including some from the Illinois Central RR. They did seem to attract a number of people.
This City IS a DumP

Cairo, IL

#49 Oct 21, 2008
New Cairoite wrote:
Allright, so we know who gave Cairo the grant.
Tommy, BT, did you ever hear who got the contract to do the work? It must have been during Wilson's term.
What did Farris do with this and any other contracts that were in progress when he took office? Who was his first clerk?
Were there other contracts in progress?
Two different people told me about how certain individuals were given city contracts and paid 50% kickbacks and now owe the IRS tons of money in unpaid taxes because they were the recipients of the income and responsible for the taxes on the total since illegal kickbacks are normally not deducted.
The roof on the Gem was never worked on. That was just another sham by those pigs feeding at the trough.
hippechic

United States

#50 Oct 22, 2008
YOU STAND CORRECTED The only thing the Gem has going for it IS a new roof which was put on during Wilson's adm. by a private charity
skor14me

Cairo, IL

#51 Oct 22, 2008
Yet doesn't it have a tree growing through it? Started out back & was never cut down so now it's growing through roof?
hippechic

United States

#52 Oct 22, 2008
It wouldn't take much to take the tree out. I don't think it has reached the roof, but it has underminded the structure of the west side of the building.
skor14me

Cairo, IL

#53 Oct 22, 2008
Thanks, I had heard wrong. Better news than I thought.

Since: Jan 09

Jackson, MO

#54 May 24, 2010
I searched the forums for a thread about Gem Theater and this is the only one I found (almost 2 years old).

Is there any hope for the theater or is it just going to rot? I do have a few ideas to help with funding but quite honestly have no idea of the costs involved or if it is even restorable.
guest

Cairo, IL

#55 May 25, 2010
Cairogate at one time had a thread about the GEM. They even had pictures of what the inside looked like several years ago. You might go on it & ask Julia if she knows anything about it.
wonder

Marion, IL

#56 Mar 8, 2016
Is The Gem Still Standing
Former Cairoite

Barlow, KY

#57 Mar 9, 2016
Yes, it is still standing. I feel it would be a waster to but any many in it. The thugs would burn it down or destroy the inside. Yes, lots of good memories there and a few bad ones from the grouch at the beverage area...
just the facts

Cairo, IL

#58 Mar 14, 2016
depends on what you call still standing..they let the tree grow and it took out the wall this year. no hope to save it now
son of Cairo
#59 Apr 19, 2016
just the facts wrote:
depends on what you call still standing..they let the tree grow and it took out the wall this year. no hope to save it now
Do any of you on here think that if about of us get together and start a organization to save what's left and rebuild what we can I hear a lot of people from all over want to save this once great city
Frederick - Mound City

Murphysboro, IL

#60 Apr 30, 2016
son of Cairo wrote:
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Do any of you on here think that if about of us get together and start a organization to save what's left and rebuild what we can I hear a lot of people from all over want to save this once great city
I am very much interested in working with you to start an organization to begin rebuilding Cairo. Contact me at [email protected]
crash

United States

#61 May 8, 2016
Chinatown wrote:
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I thought so BT. I saw the date of the article, but was hoping the project had been revitalized.
The Theater is scheduled for demolition now

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