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Birmingham - Alabama Theatre

1817 Third Avenue North

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The Alabama Theatre was built in 1927 by Paramount Studios as an Alabama showcase for Paramount films. It was used primarily as a movie palace for 55 years, with the exception of the annual Miss Alabama pagent and the weekly Mickey Mouse Club. In 1987, the owners of the facility declared bankruptcy and the theatre was purchased by Birmingham Landmarks Inc., a non-profit corporation.

The new Alabama Theatre for the Performing Arts hosts many live events, as well as films. Each year the Theatre hosts over 300 events attended by a half million Birmingham area citizens.

In 1998, the Theatre underwent a complete front door to back door restoration. The work was done by EverGreene Studios from New York City. In 8 months, the theatre went from its look of faded grandeur to a sparkling 1927 look with all the gold leaf paint either replaced or cleaned. In addition to the restoration, new carpet was installed in the ladies lounge and new drapes were installed on the stage and organ chambers.


Mark Reed

Wednesday, 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

Sunday, 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

Saturday, March 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

Wednesday, 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!

Beatriz Puche

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
This place os gorgeous. They play movies (check their website to see whichones and when) and it couldn't be any better. We went to see Casablanca on Valentine's Day and truly enjoyed the experience.

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