Alabama Theatre

1817 3rd Avenue N,
Birmingham, AL 35203

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc., Paramount-Publix

Architects: Anker Sverre Graven, Arthur Guy Mayger

Firms: Graven & Mayger

Functions: Movies, Performing Arts

Styles: Moorish, Spanish Baroque

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 205.251.0418
Manager: 205.252.2262

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Alabama Theatre

Opened on December 25, 1927 by Paramount-Publix, with Esther Ralston in “Spotlight” on the screen, a stage show and featured a 4 manual Wurlitzer organ played by organist Joe Alexander. 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 theatre 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 theatre 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.

Recent comments (view all 47 comments)

CSWalczak on August 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm

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 11, 2010 at 11:58 pm

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 2:16 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 8:55 am

Sign update.

DavidZornig on December 29, 2017 at 8:27 pm

Current article about sign replacement with multiple photos.

DavidZornig on January 31, 2019 at 6:47 am

3rd Avenue vertical sign now to be refurbished.

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