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Yesterday, the Red Mountain Theatre Company (RMTC) announced plans to develop a $25 million Arts Campus in the heart of Birmingham’s Parkside District. Dubbed their “2nd Act”, the theatre company anticipates relocating by the summer of 2021. See photos of where the campus will be, plus renderings of the new project.
The new Arts Campus will be located at 1600 3rd Ave. South between 16th & 17th Streets South next to Regions Field in the heart of Birmingham. The campus will include state-of-the art rehearsal and classroom spaces, a next generation 400-seat theatre, AND administrative and shop offices.
Get the Deets From RMTC Executive Director Keith Cromwell in This Video:
Can You Picture It?
Check out artist renderings featured in their announcement video and photos of the block they will occupy in Parkside.
Worth The Wait
Coming up on their 40th Anniversary, RMTC is long overdue for an expansion. Last year they announced a move to the Lakeview District, and we are happy to know that even though the location has changed, plans and purpose remain the same.
“It has been a dream for us to consolidate our programming in order to better serve our community. We envision an arts campus where artists can create, students can develop life – and theatre – skills, and where for profit and nonprofit can drive economic growth together.”Executive Director Keith Cromwell
The Birmingham-based nonprofit organization has been inspiring audiences, changing lives and creating conversations through theatre experiences since 1979 when they were the Summerfest Musical Theatre. In addition to theatre productions, RMTC offers educational programs that build positive life skills for young people and provide growth opportunities for theatre professionals. This new space will allow them to house all operations under one roof.
Longtime friends of the theatre, LIVE Design Group will serve as architects for the project. LIVE Design Group has designed several local theatres and churches including the performing arts facility at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and Church of the Highlands Grant Mills campus. Brasfield & Gorrie will be the general contractor.
Architectural design is well underway, and construction is anticipated to be complete in the summer of 2021.
“RMTC is right at the heart of our city, and this space will allow us to be more efficient and more effective in our mission of enriching, educating, and engaging our community.”RMTC Board President and community leader Kathryn Harbert