Theatre, shown above, is located on Pollock Street in historic
downtown New Bern. Designed by renown New Bern Architect Herbert W.
Simpson this theatre was opened in 1911. At the time of its opening it
was considered one of the best equipped and decorated theatres in the
south. During this era vaudeville, traveling theatre troupes, and silent
movies were often the headline shows.
The great depression put a halt to
much of the arts and it was not until the mid 1970's that they started
to make a comeback in New Bern. The influx of retiree's many of whom
came from large metropolitan areas has significantly added to the
cultural awareness of the city.
New Bern Civic
For information on upcoming theatre
Masonic Theatre shown above was built in 1805 and remained New
Bern's center of cultural and civic activity for well over 100 years.
During the Civil
War it was used as a hospital by Union soldiers who occupied New Bern
for much of the war.
Among the many
activities that the theatre has been used for include .concerts, talent
shows, vaudeville, political rallies, and stage plays.
In 1917 it became
a motion picture theatre and remained so until it was closed in 1974. My
mother used to drop my brother sister and I off every Saturday to
catch a double feature while she did her shopping. The cost for
admission for children was $.25. Of coarse popcorn and a soda were
extra. At the time of its closing it was the nations oldest continually
majestic Masonic is still being used for plays and concerts. The
Serendipity Players, currently inactive, use it as their home theatre.
Reperatory Players are New Bern's newest theatre group. Formed in 2001
they are dedicated to promoting the theatrical arts in the New Bern
Area. The Rivertowne performances take place at the Shrine Auditorium,
shown above, located in downtown New Bern.
For more information
on the Repertory Players call 252 637 2662.