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River City Players
Established in 1982

  • River City Players is a 501c-3 nonprofit and is 100 percent volunteer!

  • Our volunteers are all ages - from age 7 and up!

  • We are fortunate to have over 120 volunteers, but can always use more!

  • We produce 4 shows per year, one for every season - Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.

  • We've provided financial support for 4 drama clubs within the Putnam County School System.


  • Each production run begins with a Champagne Opening Night, sponsored by an individual or business in Putnam County.

  • We also do a benefit performance for a local charity during the  run. 

  • Donations of vintage or antique items to use in our productions are ALWAYS appreciated. Our wonderful patrons have donated everything from furniture and props to costumes and accessories!

About: About
A Short History

The Larimer Arts Center was originally the Palatka Public Library before the Putnam County Library System Headquarters moved to its new location at the Community College (now St. Johns River State College). The City of Palatka gave the Larimer Building to River City Players and the Arts Council of Greater Palatka as a home for the arts. 


Shortly thereafter, River City Players became residents in the now renamed Larimer Arts Center. The first few productions were performed on a stage constructed in what is now the lobby. During this time, River City Players was being led by two fantastic women, Betsy Scarlett and Marchetta Hill. Betsy was president and the artistic muse of River City Players. Her sidekick, Marchetta, was treasurer.

When the remaining library shelves were removed from the stack area (where the theater seating is now), construction of the black box theater could begin, largely through the efforts of Betsy and Marchetta, with construction help from Harry Gillean.


In recognition of the accomplishments, vision and drive of Ms. Scarlett and Ms. Hill, the theater was named in their honor. 

The Scarlett-Hill Theater now stands as a worthy reminder of two amazing women and their dedication to live theater in Palatka and Putnam County. 

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The Larimer Arts Center as it appears today
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