GitLab Pages with Jekyll remote_theme: not working


I’m trying to get Jekyll’s remote_theme: working in GitLab Pages. My Pages work if using theme: in the _config.yml, but I am at a loss as to why the theme is not taking effect when using remote_theme:.

Below is my _config.yml and wondering if anyone else has been able to get remote theme’s working or has thoughts? Is GitLab doing something different from GitHub on this?

title: mysite
description: mysite desc
url: ""

permalink: pretty
exclude: ["node_modules/", "*.gemspec", "*.gem", "Gemfile", "Gemfile.lock", "package.json", "package-lock.json", "script/", "LICENSE.txt", "lib/", "bin/", "", "Rakefile", "docs/tests/"]

logo: "/assets/images/mysite.png"

color_scheme: "dark"
search_enabled: false

gitlab_username: me

remote_theme: "pmarsceill/just-the-docs@v0.3.3"

  - jekyll-feed
  - jekyll-seo-tag
  - jekyll-sitemap
  - jekyll-mermaid
  - jekyll-spaceship

  - .sass-cache/
  - .jekyll-cache/
  - gemfiles/
  - Gemfile   
  - Gemfile.lock
  - node_modules/
  - vendor/bundle/
  - vendor/cache/
  - vendor/gems/
  - vendor/ruby/

include: ['_pages']
timezone: "America/Chicago"

author: me

Shameless bump hoping time may have changed something. But yet, to no avail.