RiverTowne Players is a nonprofit 501 C-3 organization whose purpose is to enrich and entertain the residents in Eastern North Carolina by providing quality theatre. RiverTowne Players provide an opportunity for local actors, musicians, and artists to showcase their talents.
RiverTowne Players is housed in the historic Masonic Theatre. The Masonic Theatre which dates back to 1805 was once the cultural center of New Bern. It served as the town’s foremost place for dramatic entertainment which included stage plays, talent benefits, concerts and vaudeville acts. During the Civil War, it was used as a Confederate arsenal and later as a hospital for Union soldiers.
In 1917 it was converted into a motion picture theater and remained so until 1974. It was the nation’s oldest continually operating theatre until it closed its doors in December 1974.
Today, the Masonic Theater has been restored and visitors will truly enjoy the experience of taking in a RiverTowne Players production in the oldest working theatre in the United States.