Construction began on the Athens Theatre at 412 Pollock Street in 1910. The doors opened April 11, 1911. Designed by architect Herbert W. Simpson, the Athens Theatre was a gala theatre for silent movies, Vaudeville, traveling theatre troupes and locally-produced live productions.
The Theatre was renamed many times over the years - The Show Shop, The Kehoe Theatre and the Tryon Theatre. During the 1970s when many downtown businesses moved to the suburbs, the theatre seemed to languish. For a time it was vacant and deserted. In February 1980, NBCT purchased and renovated the Athens Theatre..
In September 1980, NBCT presented its first live production in the new home - Star Spangled Girl, a Neil Simon comedy. The Athens Theatre, "home" of New Bern Civic Theatre, is fully utilized for performances, auditions, rehearsals, and set construction.
In December 1981, NBCT purchased the building next door to the Athens Theatre at 412 Pollock Street known as the Athens Cafe Building. The Athens Cafe Building is used for administrative offices, daytime box office, auditions, rehearsals, meetings, and makeup and dressing rooms for the cast.
Kris Pierson, Office/Technology Manager
Randy Hunter, Vice President
Knox Proctor, Secretary
John Bircher, Treasurer
Members: Keith Boyd, Craig Ramey,
Carter Ann Rollins
412 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC 28560
Box Office: 252.633.0567
Main Office: 252.634.9057