600 Greensboro Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.
Architects: David O. Whilldin
News About This Theater
- Sep 13, 2011 — Bama Theatre keeps tradition alive downtown
A mixture of Art Moderne, Art Deco, Beaux-Arts and Atmospheric styles, the Bama Theatre opened on April 12, 1938 with Bobby Breen in “Hawaii Calls”. It was Tuscaloosa’s first air-conditioned public building.
The interior originally seated 1,230, including the balcony, with the entire orchestra and balcony sections decorated as a reproduction of the Davanzati Palace of Florence. Twinkling stars and clouds on the night sky ceiling completed the open-air feel of the performance hall.
In 1976, the Bama Theatre was converted to a performing arts center and for several years was home to the Tuscaloosa Symphony, Theatre Tuscaloosa, and Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre shows, among others.
When Theatre Tuscaloosa built its own home in 1999, the Bama Theatre returned to showing classic, foreign, and art films with its Silver Screen Series.
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