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Last night, Bham Now and several hundred New Year’s Eve party-goers braved the bone-chilling cold weather to capture the historic lighting of the new Alabama Theatre sign on 18th Street in Birmingham’s Theater District.
Missing since 1957, a new ALABAMA sign on 18th Street was restored to it original location after a local and national fundraising campaign that included a $125,000 grant from the National Trust’s Partners in Preservation Main Street program.
Several leading individuals, civic organizations and businesses also donated funds to replace the original sign. They 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.
Despite, wind chill temperatures in the single digits, Birmingham welcomed 2018 and celebrated the Alabama Theatre’s 90th birthday with great enthusiasm.
Now onto a new year, which is a little bit brighter in downtown Birmingham, thanks to the new 60 foot ALABAMA sign.