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“Beautiful theater--takes you back in time!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Alabama Theatre

Alabama Theatre
1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
205 252 2262
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Ranked #4 of 30 Attractions in Birmingham
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Owner description: After a complete restoration, this historic venue once again shows its 1927 grandeur.
Birmingham, Alabama
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“Beautiful theater--takes you back in time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

The theater is a beautiful work of art and everyone should have this experience. It takes you back in time with the organ playing before and during intermission. My mother, sister, and I went to see Gone With the Wind--what a classic!

Visited October 2011
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“The most beautiful theater I have ever seen in my life!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

On a recent weekend getaway to Birmingham, my wife and I took a tour of this incredible historic theatre! Being a theatre director, I naturally have an interest in these buildings. However, you do not need to be "in the business" to stand in awe of this breathtaking structure. It is, without a doubt, the most beautiful theatre I have ever seen in my life, including Broadway! Built in 1927 with funding by Adolph Zukor, president of Paramount Studios, it is appropriately named "The showplace of the south". Every aspect of this grand old film palace reminds us of a time when going to the movies was an event! Seating more than 2000 people, the incredibly ornate walls, ceilings, light fixtures, hallways, staircases statuary, artworks and even the bathrooms make you feel as if you are entering another world! The largest Wurlitzer pipe organ in the south still calls the Alabama theatre home. This amazing instrument painted in colors of red, black, white and gold is itself a work of art. It makes its appropriate entrance rising from beneath the stage on its own elevator. The sound it produces is simply incredible. Seeing this theatre is truly a family event. Children from the ages of 8 yrs and up will enjoy it as much as mom and dad. You can see it in as little as 30 minutes. We stayed for over an hour listening to Jessica, who runs the theatre, fill us in on the history and current activities. She did not have to do it but she was so warm and friendly and a wealth of information. (Note to her boss: Give her a raise. She is an icredible asset to your organization!) She even played the organ for us! Among other things, they do a series of Christmas classic films during the holidays. I can't imagine this theatre decorated for Christmas. We will definetely be back with our grandson! This theatre is truly inspiring. If you are interested in history and art or, if you want to give your children a visual experience they have never seen, the Alabama theatre is an absolute must see! In our opinion, it is the number 1. attraction in Birmingham! You can learn more at their website, which needs to be improved. It simply does not reflect the granduer of this wonderful place.

Visited September 2011
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Birmingham, Alabama
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“Wonderful reminder of the Roaring 20's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2008

This theatre is one of Birmingham's best attractions. It's absolutely beautiful inside and as soon as you step through the doors, you are transported back in time. All the lush drapes and beautiful hanging chandeliers remind you of what it must have been like in the 1920's. They recently purchased a new Wurlitzer Organ and have the Mighty Musical Monday Concert on the first Monday of every month. It starts at noon and is free. Everyone is encouraged to bring lunch and listen to the organist play on the Wurlitzer. It's great.

It's a shame that more entertainers don't opt to perform here. The acoustics are great and there is alot of seating. It's great at Halloween, especially during the silent film version of Lon Chaney's Phantom of the Opera. The organist plays the entire score while the movie plays on. He's so good, you forget it's not the sound from the movie. They have people dressed as ghosts and they make a big production out of it.

They usually have the Symphony in for the New Year's Eve bash. There isn't a bad seat in the house. The acoustics are great.

This is one of my favorite places in Birmingham and my husband I are always seeking out shows to attend.

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