1817 3rd Avenue N,
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The Alabama Theatre - Showplace of the South (Official)
Firms: Graven & Mayger
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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