Act Two: A Look at Birmingham, Alabama’s Historic Theaters: The Alabama
Home to what was the world’s largest Mickey Mouse Club and acts featuring theMarx Brothers and May West, a few Birmingham, Alabama theaters take centerstage in preserving and archiving the city’s complicated history from the early 20th century through the Civil Rights movement. The building was constructed in 1927 by Paramount Studios, the Alabama Theatre was built as a classic movie palace characterized by its opulent architecture influence by Art Deco designs of the time.The Alabama, located in Birmingham’s historic theater district, was primarily used as a movie house and soon became known as the home to the largest Mickey Mouse Club in the world. Though it was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, by 1987 the owners had declared bankruptcy, and it was purchased by the nonprofit Birmingham Landmarks Inc. The Alabama underwent a major renovation and restoration that was completed by the late ‘90s during which some of the seats, carpets, and drapes were cleaned or replaced. While the building still requires extensive maintenance including a new roof, a new boiler, and an updated air conditioning system, The Alabama is flourishing showing classic films and renting space for weddings, graduation ceremonies, and dance recitals.
Act Two: A Look at Birmingham, Alabama’s Historic Theaters | National Trust for Historic Preservation.” Accessed February 26, 2016. https://savingplaces.org/stories/act-two-a-look-at-birmingham-alabamas-historic-theaters.