The Alabama Theatre

The Alabama Theatre (HMI61)

Location: Birmingham, AL 35203 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 30.906', W 86° 48.552'

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Built 1927

Built by the Publix Theater division of Paramount Studios. This movie palace opened on December 26th, 1927. The theatre, in Spanish / Moorish design by Graven and Mayger of Chicago, seated 2500 in a five story, three-tiered auditorium. Paramount's president, Adolph Zukor, named it the "Showplace Of The South". The famous "Mighty Wurlitzer" pipe organ, with 21 sets of pipes, was played for many years by showman Stanleigh Malotte. The Alabama hosted many events including the Miss Alabama Pageant and the Mickey Mouse Club. Closed in 1981, the magnificent old theatre was saved from demolition in 1987 by countless volunteers, organized as Birmingham Landmarks, Inc. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated by the Alabama Legislature as the official State Historic Theatre. Over 500,000 annually visit the grand old theatre for movies, concerts, opera, ballet, weddings, graduations and private parties.
HM NumberHMI61
Year Placed1998
Placed ByThe Birmingham - Jefferson Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 6:46am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 517719 N 3708409
Decimal Degrees33.51510000, -86.80920000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 30.906', W 86° 48.552'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 30' 54.36" N, 86° 48' 33.12" W
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Area Code(s)205
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1811 3rd Ave N, Birmingham AL 35203, US
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