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Bama Theatre 3/24/2006

I want to start out with a little history. I am thoroughly impressed with this building. In 1938, the Bama Theatre served as the community's grand movie house, as well as the only air-conditioned building at that time. The theatre was one of the last movie palaces built in the South. The building was an odd but interesting mixture of Art Deco style popular during the period and the lavish so-call "atmospheric" style of theatre architecture popular in the 1920s the interior is decorated in the Moorish style of Renaissance Spain. The house of the theatre is actually a reproduction of the courtyard of the Davanzati Palace of Florence, Italy. The entire orchestra and balcony sections are decorated as a Spanish courtyard, complete with balconies and ironwork. Twinkling stars and clouds on the night sky ceiling complete the open-air feel of the performance hall. The Theatre was converted to a performing arts center in 1976 and has been completely renovated for live theatrical use. In the Summer of 1999, yet another dimension of entertainment was added, as the Bama once again began showing films. The classics as well as more recent movies are shown in the Silver Screen Series, making the Bama Theatre downtown Tuscaloosa's visual and performing arts center. Now, to add to that: Sometimes they show movies here. Sometimes they have pageants. Sometimes they are having a presentation of some sort and sometimes they have live music from orchestras to bluegrass. I will always adore this place because of the theatrical performances by their theatre department, Tuscaloosa Theatre. I remember the first play I saw here was Wizard of Oz as a child. For a place that isn't very cultured, the Deep South, this is Tuscaloosa's piece of culture. more
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