The Alabama Theatre is a movie palace in Birmingham, Alabama. It was built in 1927 by Paramount's Publix Theatre chain as its flagship theater for the southeastern region of the United States. Seating 2,500 people at the time, it was the largest in the Birmingham Theatre district. The district was once home to a myriad of large theaters that featured vaudeville, performing arts, nickelodeons, and large first-run movie palaces. The Alabama is the only district theater still operating today. Built to show silent films, the Alabama still features its original Wurlitzer theater organ. Other than the Alabama, the Lyric Theatre is the only theater still standing in the district.
The Alabama and its historic organ were added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on February 15, 1977, and to the National Register of Historic Places on November 13, 1979. The theater has been surveyed by the Historic American Buildings Survey on several occasions, the last time being in 1996. It was designated as the state's historic theater in 1993.
Mark Reed | Feb 28, 2018
This has been called by some "the most beautiful building in Alabama." The 1927 building has been lovingly restored. This means that to visit the restrooms, you must trek down the stairs to the basement. The theatre has no dedicated parking, so prepare to park on the street or in a pay lot or garage. Food options nearby improved recently with the opening of the Pizitz Food Hall a couple of blocks away.
Kelly Parham | Dec 31, 2017
The team at Alabama Theatre Event Hall were absolutely suburb to work with. They made my friends wedding day extra special with details of their own that we didn't even consider. They were professional, friendly, flexible, helpful, and very nice. From the security staff, the bar staff, and the house manager, everyone was awesome. Thanks so much!!! I truly recommend everyone to have their event here.
Pamela Richter | Mar 3, 2018
Other than John Travolta's team of crybabies, (he was filming part of a movie in the rain. In front of the Theater.) Complaining about the dance team's, & family and friends there to watch & participate in "The National Dance off." Where I might add, one team danced to two Grease song's that John sang. Rather than complain, why not jump on stage and dance with the kids? Would have brought the house down! Rather, everyone wants to know the name of the movie so they don't waste their money to go watch it. Sorry John, Travolta's assistance. Maybe you shouldn't be complaining about the Southern people who don't know when to get out of the way. When you are surrounded by them! The theater is spectacular. Definitely has been kept to the theme of the time period it was built. Very nice to see, once.
Elizabeth Douglas | Jan 10, 2018
There’s no place like the Alabama Theatre! It truly is “the showplace of the south!” This gorgeous, historic theatre has been completely restored to the glory of its heyday. The theatre itself is spacious with tiered balconies to accommodate a large audience. They have special events - concerts, weddings, etc, in addition to a classic film series, Christmas movie season, and much more. The theatre’s 17th street sign (original to the building and removed in 1957) was recently replaced, making it even more spectacular. Concessions are inexpensive and classic, along with a bar offering mixed drinks. The opulence of this place is something that’s rare to see in today’s modern age, a throwback to stylish luxury. Visiting is a real treat, and I do so often. You’ll also find plenty of lots and street parking when you come, but do arrive early and buy tickets well before any event or movie as they sell out fast!
J Sliwinski | May 1, 2018
Nice, three story theater. Backstage is small, if you need a bunch of space for props. Attached to the McWayne Science museum, which also has a parking garage if needes
Marcus McC | Jan 1, 2018
Showplace of the South! Greatest Architecture in Alabama! Historic structure with wonderful and interesting past. Now with TWO signs! Best seen at night for full effect. Truly beautiful way to be transported to times gone by.
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