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12/31/17 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre

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December 31, 2017 Alabama Theatre Doors open at 7:00PM Show 8:00 to 11:30

The Alabama Theatre
1817 Third Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203 United States

TICKETS:Available November 10 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster ($29.50 / $39.50 / $49.50 / $62.50 plus fees).

At the end of the show guests will be ushered outside to count down to midnight to view the unveiling of the new 18th Street ALABAMA sign from a special front and center location.

credit to The Western Star News

SEATING CAPACITY: 2,500 people



The Alabama Theatre was built in 1927 by Paramount Studios as an Alabama showcase for Paramount films. It was used primarily as a movie palace for 55 years, with the exception of the annual Miss Alabama pageant and the weekly Mickey Mouse Club. In 1987, the owners of the facility declared bankruptcy and the theatre was purchased by Birmingham Landmarks Inc., a non-profit corporation.

The new Alabama Theatre for the Performing Arts hosts many live events, as well as films. Each year the Theatre hosts over 300 events attended by a half million Birmingham area citizens.

In 1998, the Theatre underwent a complete front door to back door restoration. The work was done by EverGreene Studios from New York City. In 8 months, the theatre went from its look of faded grandeur to a sparkling 1927 look with all the gold leaf paint either replaced or cleaned. In addition to the restoration, new carpet was installed in the ladies lounge and new drapes were installed on the stage and organ chambers.

The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979
In 1993 the Alabama Theatre received the designation of Official Historic Theatre of Alabama in 1993
In 2011 The Alabama Theatre received the Building of the Year Award from the Alabama Architectural Foundation. The award is presented to the one building statewide that best exemplifies how architecture can provide a meaningful impact on the citizens of Alabama in the past, present and future.


The Alabama Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Birmingham. We are easily accessible from Interstate 65, Interstate 59/20, Highway 31, and Highway 280.

From Montgomery/ Hoover: Take I-65 North to exit 260-B. Follow 3rd Avenue North. The Alabama Theatre is located on 3rd Avenue North between 18th Street and 19th Street.
From Huntsville/ Gardendale: Take I-65 South to exit 260. Turn left at 4th traffic signal. Follow 3rd Avenue North. The Alabama Theatre is located on 3rd Avenue North between 18th Street and 19th Street.
From Chattanooga/Gadsden: Take I-59/20 South/West to exit 125-B. Turn left. Follow 22nd Street North to 2nd Avenue North. Turn right, McWane Science Center is located at the corner of 2nd Avenue North and 19th Street North.
From Tuscaloosa/Bessemer: Take I-59/20 North/East. Exit on 17th Street North to 3rd Avenue North. Turn left onto 3rd Avenue North. Turn right onto 19th Street North. McWane Science Center will be on your right at the corner of 19th Street North and 2nd Avenue North.
From Auburn/Inverness: Take Hwy 31/280 to the 2nd Ave. North exit. Follow 2nd Ave. North. McWane Science Center is located at the corner of 2nd Avenue North and 19th Street North.
Parking lots near the Alabama Theatre are shown in orange on the map below. For events (usually movies) presented by the Alabama Theatre parking is FREE in these lots. However, there is A CHARGE FOR PARKING in the RED lots for events such as concerts that are presented by promoters.


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Birmingham’s Alabama Theatre wins grant to restore 18th Street “ALABAMA” sign ... bama-sign/

The historic, 90-year-old Birmingham Theatre has won a $120,000 preservation grant to create a replica of the missing “Alabama” sign on 18th Street!
Through a revitalization program sponsored by the National Trust along with American Express, National Geographic, and Main Street America, this iconic part of Birmingham’s past will once again grace the old theater building.

Many Birmingham area residents are already familiar with the oppulent, Art Deco 1927 theater on 3rd Avenue North. In 1996 the old building underwent major renovations, and resortations.

The 60-foot red, white and blue sign is an icon of both the city and the state. What some may not know is that from 1927 to 1957, a twin Alabama sign lit 18th Street from just above the double doors that lead to the stage.

Alabama sign will be recreated and replaced.
This effort began when REV Birmingham, an innovative business incubator, nominated the Alabama Theatre for the Partners in Preservation’s 2017 Main Street competition, a community based partnership created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Their goal is to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places and the role these places have in sustaining local communities.

Birmingham’s sign is one of the top 10 finalist. The local community, in fact the whole state, got behind the effort and cast online votes to total over 54,000…and it worked!

David Fleming, CEO of Rev Birmingham said:

We are honored to partner with Birmingham Landmarks on leveraging this opportunity to bring national grant funding
to a project that will quite literally shine a new light in Birmingham. The volume of local votes and, of course, local donations show strong support for historic preservation in our beautiful city with no shortage of historic charm in need of preserving.
Alabama Theater sign
Rendering of the what the new sign will look like, when completed. Via-Birmingham Landmarks Inc.
Birmingham Landmarks Inc., the owner of the theater, hope to unveil and light the new sign at their New Year’s Eve celebration and the 90th birthday street-party of the theater, on Dec. 31, 2017. There will be a concert featuring Taylor Hicks, and Sister Hazel.

Be sure to make plans to cheer the unveiling of the “Alabama”sign at the stroke of midnight; an exciting a symbol of our state and city’s past and the revitalization happening today!


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OPENING ACT: Sister Hazel

Sister Hazel is an alternative rock band from Gainesville, Florida, whose style also blends elements of jangle pop, folk rock, classic rock 'n' roll and southern rock. In 1997, a five-piece college band from Gainesville named Sister Hazel released the hit single “All For You.” Their music is characterized by highly melodic tunes and prominent harmonies. Most of their songs have optimistic lyrics. The band's instrumentation often features abrupt shifts among electric, acoustic and a cappella, with striking use of tacets. Though often described as alternative, Sister Hazel leans toward an upbeat sound and away from the clashing punk discordance often associated with the alternative rock genre.

Sister HazelMembers (2017)
Ryan Newell - -Slide guitar
Andrew Copeland - Guitar
Ken Block - Acoustic guitar
Jeff Beres - Bass
Mark Trojanowski - Drums


Brian Less - keyboard
John Kulcinich - guitar
David Keith - drums percussion
Brandon Peebles - bass
Matt Kimbell - drums


Tupelo Honey
Why Can't We All Live Together
-Smooth Operator
Six Strings
Country Livin'
Back To Louisiana
The Right Place
What's Right is Right
In The Ghetto
This Ole Cowboy
No Place I'd Rather Be
I'll Get By with a Little Help From My Friends


credit to Dawn Cummins

1. Allison Grooms
This was the best New Years Eve ever! I got to spend it with Emily, my friends and the guy that brought us all together, @TaylorHicks! to Allison

2. Mia Breet
Traveled all the way from South Africa to see @TaylorHicks live on NYE in Birmingham, Alabama! Thank you @peacegirl205 & Mitch and @anothertayfan for your true Southern kindness.

Mia Breet is with Allison Grooms and 3 others.
1 hr · Cape Town, South Africa
Dear Soul Patrol

For many years I wished I could see Taylor Hicks live in concert. I wrote it off as an impossible dream, because I live on the other side of the world (in South Africa) and the chance of him coming this way was zero. However, somewhere in 2016, I made the decision to start saving for a trip to the USA to make my dream a reality.

After Taylor’s music brought my soul back to life years ago (long story…) this was just something I had to do – FOR ME! So I did it. And I have just returned home after a fabulous time in the USA.

I called the venture my “Taylor Hicks Pilgrimage.” Having read Taylor’s biography, “Heart full of Soul” many times and being a devoted member of the Soul Patrol community, I had become familiar with his own personal journey during the years leading up to American Idol in 2006 and his career since then. So for this girl from Africa it was an experience of a lifetime to visit Birmingham, to have lunch at Saw’s Juke Joint, to walk the streets of Nashville, even to just drive past Southern Ground Studios! All in all – it was a privilege to see where the music came from that changed my life.

But the most memorable of my entire journey was the sincere, most welcoming hospitality I was blessed with by the wonderful people I had met online via the Soul Patrol. People, who previously existed to me as only pictures with text, came to life as I met them in person. It was like meeting long lost family for the first time! And I love how we all had no problem to recognise each other – the magic of the Soul Patrol!

I finally saw Taylor perform on NYE in Birmingham at the Alabama Theatre. The concert was unforgettable. In the 3rd row from the front I was in awe and couldn’t believe I was finally experiencing my dream! Meeting Taylor afterwards was a bit of a disappointment, because he didn’t seem to know who I was and how big of an event the moment and entire journey was for me (despite a bit of a buzz on social media), but that’s okay. I fulfilled my dream and I can tick it off my bucket list. I will always love, appreciate and enjoy the music. That’s ultimately what it is about.
I just wish the moment had not caught me so off guard, because I really wanted to express a personal, heartfelt “THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC” to him.

Special mention: Thank you Christie Reeder O'Brien and husband Mitch for a great time in Birmingham and at the NYE show! Also for taking me to Saw’s Juke Joint! Thank you Allison Grooms for securing my limited edition poster at the show and for standing by to take pictures! It was wonderful to meet you, Lanae Brooks and your husband Keith (wish we had taken a picture)! Jennifer W. Jacobs, I’ll never forget the moment in the cold outside the Alabama Theatre when you walked up to me! Great to meet you, Victoria Jordan and Dawn Cummins and Junebug. Although we couldn’t meet in person this time, thank you for joining my journey via social media, Shelley Lehner, CF Kinzer, Brenda Hadsock, Penney Carlson-Degand, Kristi Luter Bass, Tish Pomykal, Vivian Hale… and Mandy Crowell (we became FB friends only a few days ago, but I think I saw you at the NYE show?). Also Seor, Peg & PB Henri on Twitter (have no idea if they are on this group?). And then last, but not least: Margaret Shurbutt, who I got to meet and visit (twice!) in South Carolina! If it wasn’t for the Soul Patrol I never would have met Margaret, Taylor’s 91 year old, very young at heart, devoted fan (more like 91 going on 40!). Meeting Margaret and spending time with her was another dream come true. She opened her beautiful home to me, received me with open arms and spoiled me rotten.

From the bottom of my heart: Thank you, Soul Patrol!

This Ole Cowboy : credit to : Victoria Jordon

Nineteen: credit to Victoria Jordon

What's Right Is Right: credit to Vicky Jordon

3. Jody Daniel
We had a great time tonight!

credit to Mia Breet

Taylor with Sister Hazel: credit to ATF

4. Hilary West Perry??
And again! @SisterHazelBand and @TaylorHicks with a little Stevie Wonder #NYE2018

5. The Wright BBQ Co
Amazing show @TaylorHicks
At @ALTheatre @ Alabama Theatre

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6. Meli Mel
Happy New Year! Had a great time at Alabama Theater watching @TaylorHicks and @SisterHazelBand

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Videos credited to idolgeek69
Six Strings

Country Livin'

credit to : kristyhinds

credit to : Nadine Sandauer‎

credit to lauren smith

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No Place I'd Rather Be: credit to Victoria Jordon

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Why Can't We All Live Together : credit to Vicky Jordon