History

The Richmond Community Theatre came into existence in 1977 and produces 3 mainstage productions every year. It is one of longest operative community theatres in the state of NC. In a published article, the Richmond Community Theatre is the fifth oldest producing theatre behind theatres in Raleigh, Hickory, Charlotte, and Wilmington, NC. When population size was included, there was no statewide comparison that equaled our percentage of attendance.

The Theatre was converted from the remains of “The Strand” movie theater. It was given to the City of Rockingham. After 4 “phases” of renovation which included building the stage, rebuilding the balcony, and creating the Theatre’s outside facade; the Theatre acquired and adapted the “Journal Stationary Store” which now serves as our reception area, costuming, makeup, and stage property room.

The theatre also acquired the “Old Rescue Squad” building which now stores the Theatre’s scenery items. From the reuse of past scenery the cost of presenting productions has been lessened and admission prices have remained low. The Richmond Community Theatre has presented 83 major presentations and 39 Children’s Theatre presentations before more than 100,000 people.