Bama Six Cinemas

2600 McFarland Boulevard,
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405

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Bama Six - Tuscaloosa, AL

Bamas Six Cinemas opened on June 11, 1982. This was part of the Consolidated Theatres Inc., out of Charlotte NC. The design was one of the "U"-shaped designs. All auditoriums were the same size, 300 seats. All were equipped with Kintek sound systems, and wall to wall screens.

Some of the films that the theatre opened with included "E.T.", "Annie", "Bambi", and a few others.

Carmike took over operations in 1989, when it acquired most of the Consolidated chain. The theatre closed in either 2006 or 2007.

Contributed by Greg Marshall

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GMNash
GMNash on April 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm

The F5 tornado that hit Tuscaloosa yesterday probably took this building out. It was about a block away from a main point of devastation.

GMNash
GMNash on May 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm

The tornado was actually 2 blocks away. I believe the building was spared.

Cinematron
Cinematron on July 7, 2016 at 2:28 am

The 2011 tornado did not strike near this building.

galateasca
galateasca on September 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm

Went here several times during college. It was not the nicest of the theaters in T-town, but it was ok.

JLMovieBuff
JLMovieBuff on September 7, 2017 at 11:16 am

The Bama 6! I lived and attended college in Tuscaloosa from 1997-2003. This theater was constructed in typical fashion by long-gone Consolidated Theaters and opened in the early 1980’s. It was constructed with six screens in more or less analogous design as the Riverchase 6 (now AMC Lorna Ridge 10) in Hoover, AL. See Lorna Ridge 10 for building details. During its final decades under Carmike, the Bama 6 was coldly overlooked in favor of the Summit 16 in Birmingham. Like the Fox 12 nearby before its demise, Bama 6 operated as a first run theater. Unfortunately, Carmike only did minimal work on the Bama 6 allowing the theater to earn its rockbottom reputation. Because Carmike’s unwillingness to install upgraded amenities, many a theatergoer in Tuscaloosa point-blank refused to see movies here, instead willing to make the 60 mile plus trek to Birmingham. In the end, the Bama 6 was quietly shuttered in mid 2000’s where it sadly remains closed in its dilapidated state. I can find no reason whey the owners of the building have yet to find use for it.

Cinematron
Cinematron on April 3, 2019 at 9:34 pm

Bama Six was the premiere theater in Tuscaloosa in the late ‘80s and early '90s. For example, Bama Six hosted Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Ghostbusters II, Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Die Hard 2, Home Alone, Backdraft, City Slickers, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Terminator 2, Batman Returns. Throughout the decade, both the Bama and the Fox at McFarland Mall evenly had the big releases, but never the same movies. The Bama 6 had a spacious lobby with an arcade featuring games like Tron and Centipede well into the mid-'90s.

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