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Please Help the Historic Gem Theater in Garden Grove Recover From Fire

June 6, 2011

On Monday, May 30, a fire caused damage of over $200,000 to the interior of Garden Grove’s historic Gem Theatre.

This has forced One More Productions to move their performances of Chicago, scheduled to begin on Wednesday, June 4, to the adjacent Festival Ampitheater12740 Main Street, Garden Grove.

Please assist the Gem Theater and One More Productions in their recovery by clicking on the following link:

You can view the following video from Garden Grove Channel 3 for details on the fire.

Here is more on the fire at the Gem Theater from the OC Register – A smoky fire erupted in the backstage area of the Gem Theater near Garden Grove’s historical downtown and civic center around dawn Monday, but it was quickly doused.

The blaze did not affect the seating or stage area, nor did it have any impact on the nearby Strawberry Festival, officials said.

The fire broke out at 5:39 a.m. in an upstairs costume room, Battalion Chief Jeff Spargur said. Firefighters arrived to see smoke coming from the door. They broke in and began putting out the fire.

Spargur said the fire caused between $200,000 and $500,000 damage to the theater. The costume area will require a new roof, drywall and paint, plus repair due to smoke damage. There is also a smoky smell in the auditorium.


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