Bring back the 2nd Alabama Theatre sign. Voting ends October 31st.

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Vote for the Big Alabama Sign today!

Last month, the  Alabama Theatre announced that it was one of 25 finalists across the U.S. vying for grant money in the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign.

The competition’s winners will be decided through public voting, which ends on October 31. Alabama Theatre supporters can vote for the Birmingham project at

As of  this week, Alabama was 4th in nationwide voting.  We need to “leap over” the final three contestants by Halloween.  You can vote daily and apply “5 votes” toward the Alabama Theatre project.

Spread the word  and vote today and everyday till October 31st!

More about the 2nd Alabama Theatre sign and the contest

Many Birmingham area residents are already familiar with the majestic 1927 theater on 3rd Avenue North that underwent major restorations in 1996.

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Its 60-foot 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.

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Bring back the second Alabama Theatre sign on 18th – photo by Bham Now

By 1957, both signs needed work — so in the spring of that year, the sign on 3rd Avenue was partially dismantled and the one on 18th Street was taken down to be refurbished. By 1960, the 3rd Avenue sign had been completely refurbished. The brand-new marquee beneath it featured neon tubes instead of old-fashioned screw-in lightbulbs. But the 18th Street sign disappeared and was most likely scrapped.

Birmingham donors have already begun pledging funds to help light up 18th Street with the Alabama sign once again, with lead gifts for the sign’s replacement by Alabama Power, Regions and the Alabama Theatre Junior Board. REV Birmingham nominated the Alabama Theatre for Partners in Preservation’s 2017 Main Street competition as an opportunity to combine national dollars with local commitments for the historic sign preservation project. Thanks in part to the already healthy local interest, the Alabama Theatre was selected as a Partners in Preservation finalist.

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Rendering of what the 2nd sign will look like in 2018

What is Partners in Preservation: Main Streets?

Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership, created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places and their role in sustaining local communities. Partners in Preservation: Main Streets will award a combined $2 million in grant funding from American Express to Main Street districts in need of preservation support across America. The public will determine which sites will receive funding by voting online for their favorite main streets through October 31.


Again, voting is hosted by National Geographic Travel, and the Alabama Theatre has a local portal at Voters can submit 5 votes at once per email address per day.

Please help put the Alabama Theatre over the top!!

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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