Birmingham woke up to a pleasant surprise this morning with a featured story by BBC News describing how the restoration of our theatres have played a role in bringing back the downtown area in the Magic City.
Here is the title and link to the story:
BBC News did a deep dive into Birmingham’s Theatre district, guided by Lyric and Alabama Theatres maven Glenny Brock.
Here is an excerpt from the BBC story:
“Its (Birmingham) theatres are undergoing a renaissance.
First came The Lyric, which reopened in 2016 after decades of neglect, then the Alabama Theatre set to work restoring the second of its dazzling, 60ft signs.
Now work on the art-deco Carver Theatre, which served the African-American community, is also under way.
Birmingham, named after the UK city on account of its industrial aspirations, remains best known for being the centre of the country’s civil rights struggles in the 1950s and 1960s, and that is why the restoration of its past, through a modern lens, is seen as so important.”
Not a Surprise
The profile about Birmingham’s theatres is not a surprise to Bham Now readers. In October 2018, this is what Cheryl Morgan, the legendary former director of the Auburn University Urban Design Studio had to say about the theatres.
The most impactful re-developments do not always have to be something new. The Alabama and Lyric Theatres are being used for what they were originally designed for.
Morgan recognized the importance of the two theatres. “Both of these are showpieces, they are great examples of a time in our city when we invested in and built great buildings. Reinvestment in that heritage and quality building is something to be proud of. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Birmingham Landmarks and Cecil Whitmire for saving the Alabama with a care and integrity that carried over to the exquisite restoration of the Lyric.”
Birmingham is “on a roll” when it comes to receiving accolades from the news media. Just this week Travel + Leisure published an article that features Birmingham in a profile about traveling through the state of Alabama.
What makes this most recent story prominent is the fact it is BBC News, one of the world’s most trusted news sources. That’s a big deal.
Here is Bham Now’s compilation of stories over the past 2 years.
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