The Gem Theatre

Gem Theatre

Own a piece of Kannapolis’ history!

Purchase a brick, buy a pair of vintage seats, or sponsor a new seat.


For over 75 years the Gem Theatre has been the star of downtown Kannapolis. From movie premieres to special dates, engagement proposals to wedding ceremonies, the Gem Theatre has been an iconic structure and place of history for the City and its residents.


In 2015 the City of Kannapolis acquired the theatre and began the process of refurbishing the marquee, and essential elements such as the roof, heating and air conditioning systems and restrooms were replaced or added. Now, it’s time to give the interior of the theatre a facelift.

The seats, projector, screen, curtains and historic plaster motifs are in need of repair and/or replacement. This phase of renovations is expected to cost approximately $1.2 million.

You can share your love of the Gem Theatre in several ways. Sponsor a new seat, purchase a pair of its current seats, or purchase a marquee sidewalk brick or all three for $500. Click below to make your selections. 

Corporate sponsorship packages of $500-$10,000 are also available.

For more information on corporate sponsorships email:


We value your support of this important historic project. Your gift will be tax deductible.
If you sponsor a new seat or a brick - they will be randomly installed in early 2024. We look forward to an opening event where you will be able to see the completed renovations.
If you purchase a pair of vintage seats they will be available in early January 2024 for pickup. Shipping is not available. We will contact you regarding the date for pickup via email.


Tribute Bricks

Sponsor a brick, to be installed in the sidewalk, in front of the Gem marquee. 500 bricks will be sold. $125 per brick.
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Vintage Seats

Take home a pair of the vintage seats, which date back to the 1960s-1970s. 400 pairs will be sold. $100 per pair.
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New Seats

Sponsor a new seat which will have a plaque with your name on it. Only 700 seats available.
$275 per seat.
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