Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Bama Theatre

The Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa was built in 1938 as part of the Public Works Administration/New Deal that employed workers during the Great Depression.
It was Tuscaloosa's first air-conditioned public building. It seats about a thousand people and has painted clouds and twinkling stars in the ceiling. It's a great old theatre that is used now for plays, concerts, film festivals, and other Arts Council of Tuscaloosa events. I saw the Claire Lynch Band and The Glenn Miller Orchestra there this year as part of Alabama Public Radio's Bluegrass and Big Bands Concert Series. Both performers commented on the excellent acoustics of the building. And it's true, the sound is nearly perfect even without microphones.


Rambling Round said...

Oh, I remember seeing many a movie there years ago! We also went to the Capri and the Druid. Now, I hear there's a huge multi-theatre complex near the Greensboro highway.

Halcyon said...

I love old movie theaters!