Alabama Theatre turns 95, sold 41,313 tickets over holiday season

The oppulent Alabama Theatre. (

Happy 95th Birthday, Alabama Theatre!

On December 26th 1927, the ornate 2000+-seat theatre, also known as the “Showplace of the South,” debuted its first feature film.

Growing in Popularity

Earlier this week, the Alabama Theatre reported the results of its 2022 Holiday Film Series Presented by Regions Bank.

Here were the results:

  • 41,313—tickets sold
  • 15,037—servings of popcorn
  • 62,214—pieces of candy sold

Out of the 22 screenings, 10 were sold out before the showings, including timeless classics Christmas Vacation, Elf, Home Alone and White Christmas. 

Funds raised via ticket sales, popcorn and candy helps support the theatre operations all year round.

How to Celebrate Alabama Theatre’s Birthday

Alabama Theatre
Alabama Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer. (Birmingham Landmarks)

If you are seeking a way to celebrate the Alabama Theatre’s 95th Birthday, the good folks at Birmingham Landmarks, the non-profit group that owns and operates the theatre, suggest making a donation supporting “Big Bertha,” the famous Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ, 

Since day one—95 years ago—she has been a part of the theatre. 

Consider a tax-deductible donation to the Alabama Theatre for Bertha’s upcoming Organ Console Renovation project.

Donate Online

To Mail a Check: Make check out to: Birmingham Landmarks, Inc. Memo: Organ Console Renovation. Mail to: Alabama Theatre, 1817 3rd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203.

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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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