About Us

Our theater is located in the Larimer Arts Center in downtown Palatka at 216 Reid Street.
The Scarlett-Hill Theater holds 70.
We have been described as a “Boutique Theater” because of the size of our theater and the attention we focus on our audience. Also described as “theater in your living room”.

Facts:

Established in 1982.
We are a 100 percent volunteer community theater.
Our youngest volunteer is 7 years old.
Our volunteer bank is 120 + individuals.
Four productions a year: winter, spring, summer and fall.
We have provided seed money for four drama clubs within the Putnam County School System in the last two years.
We begin each production with a Champagne Opening Night sponsored by a individual or business in Putnam County.
We are a not for profit.
We appreciate donations of vintage or antique items – from furniture to props and costumes.

River City Players: The Early Days

When the Putnam County Library System Headquarters (Palatka Public Library) moved into new digs on the SJRCC, now St Johns River State College, campus at the corner of College Road and Rt. 20, the City of Palatka gave the Larimer Building to River City and the Arts Council as a home for the arts.

Shortly thereafter River City became resident in the Center performing its first few productions on a stage constructed in what is now the lobby. During this time River City was being led by two fantastic ladies, Betsy Scarlett and Marchetta Hill. Betsy was president and artistic muse of River City and her sidekick Marcheeta, treasurer.

Once the remaining library shelves were removed from the stack area (where the theater seating is now) construction of this wonderful black box theater began. It was created largely through the herculean efforts of Betsy and Marcheeta with construction help from Harry Gillean. In recognition of their tireless efforts, the theater was named for them in a ceremony attended by many City dignitaries.

The Scarlett-Hill Theater stands as a worthy reminder of two awesome ladies and their dedication to continuing live theater in Palatka and Putnam County.