Opened as an opera house and Mason Hall in 1905, the Historic Masonic Theatre has served the Alleghany Highlands for 105 years as a performing arts theatre and for a short time, a movie theatre. Steeped in local history the Historic Masonic has hosted Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, Hopalong Cassidy in addition to legends such as Burl Ives, the Drifters and the world famous Count Basie Orchestra. The Theatre is undergoing renovation to restore it to its former glory to serve the entertainment and community needs of the Clifton Forge and Alleghany Highlands community.
The Masonic Amphitheatre–Voted American-Architects 2012 Building of the Year!
The Masonic Amphitheatre and Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge (Smith Creek Park) were recognized with the Popular Choice award in the Architecture + Urban Transformation category of the 2014 Architizer A+ Awards. The category celebrates projects that are “revitalizing abandoned infrastructure, creating new public spaces out of neglected areas, and building new ways for the world’s citizens to live more densely within existing urban fabric.” Another award for the Masonic Amphitheatre and Bridge’s design/buildLAB Team!