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Theatre for Performing Arts

Alabama State Historic Theatre

Staircase at elegant Alabama Theatre for the Performing Arts in Birmingham AL; Photo © Duncan McKinnon on Flickr (used by permission).

Official Alabama Theatre for the Performing Arts

The elegant Alabama Theatre for the Performing Arts was designated the official historic theatre of Alabama in 1993. Built in downtown Birmingham by Paramount Studios in 1927 as a showcase for Paramount films and home to "The Mighty Wurlitzer" organ, the Alabama theatre has hosted historic figures of stage and screen such as John Barrymore, Roy Rogers, and Tallulah Bankhead.  All state Arts & Drama

Named the "Showplace of the South" by the movie mogul Adolph Zuker, the theatre was used primarily as a movie palace for 55 years (with the exception of the weekly Mickey Mouse Club and annual Miss Alabama Pagent) until closing its doors in 1981. In 1987 the theater was purchased by a nonprofit corporation (Birmingham Landmarks Inc.) and became a performing arts centre.

As the new Alabama Theatre for the Performing Arts, the theater began hosting many live events in addition to films.  Presenting over 300 events, including broadway shows, ballet, opera, rock & roll, parties, weddings, and fashion shows, the Alabama Theatre draws hundreds of thousands of patrons to Birmingham every year.  The Theatre underwent a complete restoration In 1998, transforming its faded grandeur to a sparkling and lavish 1927 look.

Alabama also recognizes an official Alabama Poet Laureate , an official State Musical Drama , and an official State Outdoor Drama