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Elevate Parks & Recreation (Tree & Green

Bama Theatre

Updated Feb 22, 2024

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As part of a multi-agency funding agreement, the City of Tuscaloosa provided capital funding that assisted the Bama Theatre with replacing auditorium seating, the stage, and carpeting.

Ellis Architects worked on a facility plan for the theatre. They reviewed how the space is used currently and suggested ideas for future improvements. The work included research with technical experts and benchmarking against venues across the country. 

Opened in 1938, the historic Bama Theatre is a well-known landmark in downtown Tuscaloosa and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Funding for construction of the building was provided by the federal Public Works Administration. Originally intended for screening films, the auditorium is now most often used for live performances ranging from concerts to theatre and dance and has a capacity of 1,079.

Goals and Impact
  • Plan improvements and modernizations to the theatre

  • Recognize and celebrate the historic value of the iconic building

  • Plan for future improvements

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Key Milestones & Events

October 2022: completed interior renovations that replaced the stage, auditorium seating, and carpeting in public areas

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