Bama Theatre has been a gateway for cultural activity and community events in Tuscaloosa and West Alabama since 1938. This past fall the building underwent $642K in renovations to keep this long-standing building a piece of Tuscaloosa history. Keep reading for more information and what I experienced when I made the trip.
History of Bama Theatre
Construction for Bama Theatre broke ground in 1937 and was soon completed a year later. The theatre, built during the Depression Era, was funded by the Public Works Administration to provide employment and a sense of community during the difficult times of the era. $200K later, Bama Theatre’s grand opening starred The University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band and a parade throughout downtown. To this day, the facility is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Inspired by the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance, David O. Whilldin designed the interior as a replica of a Mediterranean Palazzo. With twinkling lights and hand-painted clouds, the ceiling mimics a beautiful starry night. The theatre is lined with faux balconies, terracotta bricks and cherub plaques creating an immersive experience.
See the renovations
The facelift included:
- Reupholstered lobby benches and antique chairs
- Refurbished and repainted handrails, custom-designed carpet
- Brand new theatre seats
- New custom carpet
Bama theatre has never looked better and is ready to support the community once again.
My experience at the Bama Theatre
A couple of nights ago, my sorority rented out Bama Theatre for a movie night, and I was definitely impressed by the experience. We watched the classic rom-com How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and I got to see the new changes to the classic venue.
When I walked in, we were met with an incredibly welcoming staff and got to pick from an impressive selection of all the best theatre snacks. After we loaded up, we made our way to the movie and picked out one of their super comfortable chairs. Overall I’d rate this experience a 10/10.