1817 3rd Avenue N,
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The Alabama Theatre - Showplace of the South (Official)
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
News About This Theater
- Aug 10, 2013 — Looking back at Alabama movie palaces
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.
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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
I was watching GAC 12/11/10…The Gaithers had a show that was taped in 2000….What a theatre!
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.
6 images added.
Current article about sign replacement with multiple photos.
3rd Avenue vertical sign now to be refurbished.
The Alabama theatre opened on December 26th, 1927. Opening article below: Alabama theatre opening Sun, Dec 25, 1927 – 55 · The Birmingham News (Birmingham, Alabama) · Newspapers.com
Grand opening ad Alabama theatre grand opening ad and articles Sun, Dec 25, 1927 – 56 · The Birmingham News (Birmingham, Alabama) · Newspapers.com