Alabama Theatre

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The Alabama Theatre is a movie palace in Birmingham, Alabama. It was built in 1927 by Paramount's Publix Theatre chain as its flagship theater for the southeastern region of the United States.[3] Seating 2,500 people at the time, it was the largest in the Birmingham Theatre district. The district was once home to a myriad of large theaters that featured vaudeville, performing arts, nickelodeons, and large first-run movie palaces. The Alabama is the only district theater still operating today. Built to show silent films, the Alabama still features its original Wurlitzer theater organ. Other than the Alabama, the Lyric Theatre is the only theater still standing in the district.[3]

Quick facts: Address, Owner, Type, Capacity, Current use...
Alabama Theatre
Address1817 Third Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama
United States
OwnerBirmingham Landmarks, Inc.
Typemovie palace
Current usePerforming arts center
OpenedDecember 26, 1927 (1927-12-26)
Alabama Theatre
Coordinates33°30′53.69″N 86°48′33.04″W
Area0.4 acres (0.16 ha)
ArchitectGraven & Mayger
Architectural styleMission/spanish Revival
NRHP reference No.79000386[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPNovember 13, 1979
Designated ARLHFebruary 15, 1977[2]

The Alabama and its historic organ were added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on February 15, 1977, and to the National Register of Historic Places on November 13, 1979.[1][2] The theater has been surveyed by the Historic American Buildings Survey on several occasions, the last time being in 1996.[3] It was designated as the state's historic theater in 1993.[4]