Documenting the American South


Going to the Show

Star Theatre

59 Broad, New Bern, North Carolina

Dates of Operation 8/23/1913* - 1920*
Performance Types movies
Capacity 580 (1914*)
Racial Policy
Descriptionevening performances at 8 PM nightly. matinee daily 4 pm. fireproof.
NotesIn 1913 raffled off a 26-piece silverware set (NewBernDailyJournal_1913-12-7_Theater.tif); hand-tinted films show in 1913.
Building Notesuses a Mirrored screen and recently installed exhaust fans (New Bern Daily Journal, August 28, 1910, p. 8); last eight rows of seats raised ten inches (New Bern Daily Journal, September 19, 1913, p. 8); a "silent drama playhouse" (New Bern Daily Journal, October 30, 1913, p. 1); closed for renovations on June 24, 1914 (New Bern Daily Journal, June 25, 1914, p. 1) in which 70 ft were added to the building and the first and second stories were converted into one large auditorium with 420 seats on lower floor and 160 in the gallery (New Bern Daily Journal, July 21, 1914, p. 8), reopened on September 28, 1914 (New Bern Daily Journal, September 29, 1914, p. 4)
Associated Persons
Lovick, Hugh J. proprietor
Taylor, Lee J. proprietor
Associated Organizations

Newspaper Clippings

  1. The Star Theatre Formally Opened
    New Bern Daily Journal - 8/24/1913
    Tags: hours of operation; opening notice
  2. Program at the Star Today
    New Bern Daily Journal - 8/26/1913
    Tags: film title; hours of operation; music; ventilation
  3. New Star Theatre
    New Bern Weekly Journal - 9/2/1913
    Tags: fire; hours of operation; music; opening notice
  4. Star Theatre Today: 'Midnight Express'
    New Bern Daily Journal - 12/5/1913
    Tags: film title
  5. Thomas Edison Thought First of Kineolphone [Kinetophone] - Athens
    New Bern Daily Journal - 12/7/1913
    Tags: minstrel shows; promotions; sound films; vaudeville
  6. "Natural Color Picture Shown Here" - Athens
    New Bern Daily Journal - 1/4/1914
    Tags: color films; film title
  7. Star Theatre Monday: Cleopatra
    New Bern Daily Journal - 2/3/1914
    Tags: feature film; local films
  8. "Star" Announcement
    New Bern Daily Journal - 6/17/1914
    Tags: renovation
  9. Musical Comedy at Athens Next Week
    Morning New Bernian - 10/8/1916
    Tags: notable; vaudeville
  10. The Athens - Margy Southwell Stock Co.
    New Bern Daily Journal - 12/1/1917
    Tags: admission price; racial policy; vaudeville
  11. Temple of the Motion Picture - Masonic
    New Bern Daily Journal - 12/5/1917
    Tags: admission price; balcony, racially segregated; film title; hours of operation; program change; racial policy

City Directories

  1. City Directory of New Bern, N.C., 1916-1917.
    unknown publication - 1916