Forget the Times Square ball drop or Mobile moon pie. Birmingham has got the ALABAMA sign

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New ALABAMA sign on 18th Street, photo by Pat Byington

Who needs to watch the Times Square ball drop or Mobile’s famous Moon pie when you can watch in person the lighting of the new 18th Street ALABAMA sign!

At the stroke of midnight, the 60-foot ALABAMA sign on 18th Street will be lit for the first time since its predecessor disappeared in 1957. According to REV Birmingham, the public is invited to gather on the corner of 18th Street and 3rd Avenue North at 11:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and count down to 2018 with the Alabama Theatre.

Birmingham
ALABAMA sign on 18th Street, photo by Pat Byington

Along with the restoration of the new landmark, the Magic City will also be celebrating the Alabama Theatre’s 90th birthday tonight.

Bham Now published the following story about the ALABAMA sign and tonight’s Alabama Theatre celebration earlier this week.

Celebrate the Alabama Theatre’s 90th birthday, lighting of the new ALABAMA sign and the new year

A new ALABAMA sign, a local and national effort

This past Fall, after being nominated by REV Birmingham, the Alabama Theatre  was named a top 25 finalist in the national Partners in Preservation Main Street campaign.  After a month long contest, the Alabama Theatre received more than 54,000 votes earning it a place in the top ten, resulting in a $120,000 grant from the National Trust.

Several local individuals, civic organizations and businesses raised and donated funds to replace the original sign that has been missing  for 60 years. These individual and  organizations included:

Junior Board of Birmingham Landmarks, Alabama Power and Regions Bank, Altec, Bradley Arant, CAWACO, Gray Construction, Cindy and Ken Rhoden, ServisFirst Bank, Southpace, Wells Fargo and Wiggins Child Pantazis

Will you witness Birmingham history tonight? Bundle up and we hope to see you there!

Author: 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.