Bama Theatre

★★★★★
  • 600 Greensboro Ave.

    Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

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  • 205-758-5195

About Bama Theatre

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  • Movie Theaters

Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment
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I have always been impressed with Bama Theatre. They show all kinds of movies, have all kinds of presentations and shows such as pageants, but they are mostly known for their theatre department. Tuscaloosa Theatre puts on a lot of presentations here, and I always get season tickets. We love going there because we feel we get our money's worth no matter what it is. I especially like the interior. It's wonderful, and I think more people go to the Bama Theatre if it were more advertised. I do recommend Bama Theatre for anyone. A+

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I have always been impressed with Bama Theatre. They show all kinds of movies, have all kinds of presentations and shows such as pageants, but they are mostly known for their theatre department. Tuscaloosa Theatre puts on a lot of presentations here, and I always get season tickets. We love going there because we feel we get our money's worth no matter what it is. I especially like the interior. It's wonderful, and I think more people go to the Bama Theatre if it were more advertised. I do recommend Bama Theatre for anyone. A+

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In 1938, the Bama Theatre served as the community's grand movie house, as well as the only air-conditioned building at that time. The theatre was one of the last movie palaces built in the South. The building was an odd but interesting mixture of Art Deco style popular during the period and the lavish so-call "atmospheric" style of theatre architecture popular in the 1920s the interior is decorated in the Moorish style of Renaissance Spain. The house of the theatre is actually a reproduction of the courtyard of the Davanzati Palace of Florence, Italy. The entire orchestra and balcony sections are decorated as a Spanish courtyard, complete with balconies and ironwork. Twinkling stars and clouds on the night sky ceiling complete the open-air feel of the performance hall. The Theatre was converted to a performing arts center in 1976 and has been completely renovated for live theatrical use.
In the Summer of 1999, yet another dimension of entertainment was added, as the Bama once again began showing films. The classics as well as more recent movies are shown in the Silver Screen Series, making the Bama Theatre downtown Tuscaloosa's visual and performing arts center.

Check local papers or website for calendar of events. Sometimes admission is charged, sometimes not, depending on what is to be shown/done.

PROS: historical for the city, an artsy theatre
CONS: none

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★★★★★

In 1938, the Bama Theatre served as the community's grand movie house, as well as the only air-conditioned building at that time. The theatre was one of the last movie palaces built in the South. The building was an odd but interesting mixture of Art Deco style popular during the period and the lavish so-call "atmospheric" style of theatre architecture popular in the 1920s the interior is decorated in the Moorish style of Renaissance Spain. The house of the theatre is actually a reproduction of the courtyard of the Davanzati Palace of Florence, Italy. The entire orchestra and balcony sections are decorated as a Spanish courtyard, complete with balconies and ironwork. Twinkling stars and clouds on the night sky ceiling complete the open-air feel of the performance hall. The Theatre was converted to a performing arts center in 1976 and has been completely renovated for live theatrical use.
In the Summer of 1999, yet another dimension of entertainment was added, as the Bama once again began showing films. The classics as well as more recent movies are shown in the Silver Screen Series, making the Bama Theatre downtown Tuscaloosa's visual and performing arts center.

Check local papers or website for calendar of events. Sometimes admission is charged, sometimes not, depending on what is to be shown/done.

PROS: historical for the city, an artsy theatre
CONS: none

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