Alabama Theatre

1817 3rd Avenue N,
Birmingham, AL 35203

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Alabama Theatre

Opened on December 25, 1927 by Paramount-Publix, the 2,250-seat Alabama Theatre was a first-rate movie palace for nearly 55 years. Like so many of the great movie palaces, this classic theater needed repair and could no longer afford its overhead.

In 1987, the owners declared bankruptcy and the theatre was purchased by a non-profit corporation which has turned the classic theater into a performing arts center. The Alabama Theatre for the Performing Arts now showcases live shows and even a few films.

In 1998, the Alabama Theatre underwent an extensive restoration and has been returned to its former glory.

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jjmaccrimmon on July 28, 2009 at 7:40 am

On July 18th, accompanied by two assistants, I had the opportunity extensively photograph the Alabama and Lyric Theater (across the street). The photos were taken to compare and contrast the condition of the two theaters and includes a number of wide angle, long exposure images that bring out the detail and vivid color on the inside of both grand old theaters. I’ll post links here to the site the images will be uploaded to. Over 400 photos were taken between the two sites, including backstage, below the stage, storage and mechanical areas, balconies and more. It’s taking a bit to sort out.

kencmcintyre on August 11, 2009 at 12:59 am

No, thst’s the architectural firm, Graven & Mayger.

CSWalczak on August 23, 2010 at 12:40 am

Cecil Whitmire, a former organist at this theater and the man credited with leading the efforts to get it restored, passed away recently; story here: View link

wally 75
wally 75 on December 12, 2010 at 2:58 am

I was watching GAC 12/11/10…The Gaithers had a show that was taped in 2000….What a theatre!

davidfhale on November 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm

The Birmingham Rewound link has changed, this should work for now.

Lots of info and photos on the Alabama and other Bham theatres. Seems like the Melba was demolished.

DavidZornig on September 26, 2017 at 11:55 am

Sign update.

DavidZornig on December 29, 2017 at 11:27 pm

Current article about sign replacement with multiple photos.

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