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ATHENA — The project to restore the Gem Theatre in Athena is nearing completion, and now the hundreds who have helped can leave a message for the future.

Athena’s Gem Inc., the nonprofit behind the project, plans a ceremony Saturday, Dec. 10, to emplace a time capsule and close up its final bit of wall.

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Late October 2022 Gem Theatre .jpg

Volunteers in late October 2022 tape the auditorium drywall in the Gem Theatre in Athena. The crew put in 924 sheets of drywall.

Gem Theatre

The Gem Theatre, an Athena landmark built first as a saloon in 1901, was lit in June 2020 for the first time in 50 years.

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