600 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, 35401
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The Bama Theatre is a historic theatre in Tuscaloosa, Alabama that currently serves as the city's performing arts center.
The Bama Theatre was originally constructed from 1937–38 through Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal as a Public Works Administration project. The building was built as a combination theater and city hall for Tuscaloosa.
The building opened as a theater on April 12, 1938. The theater was one of the last movie palaces built in the South. The building features a Streamline Moderne exterior style, popular during the period, and a lavish "atmospheric" interior style that is decorated with a combination of Moderne and Renaissance elements. Twinkling stars and clouds on the ceiling create an open air feel in the performance hall.
The city hall was moved out the building following the city's acquisition and renovation of the former United States Post Office (built 1909) in 1968.
The theater was converted to a performing arts center in 1976 and has been completely renovated for live theatrical/concert use.
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