THANK YOU, BIRMINGHAM, FOR HELPING US SURPASS OUR $7 MILLION FUNDRAISING GOAL – NOW OVER $8 MILLION!!!
Mayor William Bell was on hand at the Lyric Theatre in July to present Louise Beard, Kathryn and Raymond Harbert and Keith Cromwell with the first ever “Lyric Leading Light” awards. These awards salute them for “telling Birmingham’s performing arts story to the world.” These Birmingham honorees not only produced Broadway plays in the past year but they each won coveted Tony Awards!
The Historic Preservation of the Lyric Theatre
Birmingham Landmarks, Inc., the non-profit owner of the Alabama Theatre, also owns the Lyric and intends to restore it to its former prominence as a performing arts center. The Lyric sits on the corner just across the street from the Alabama and is part of the City Center Master Plan of Operation New Birmingham. Both theaters are listed on the National Register of Historic places as part of the Birmingham Downtown Retail and Theatre Historic District. The Lyric’s history is rich, its adaptive reuse richer.
Real Need, Real Impact
The Lyric was once the finest performing arts theatre in the city – and, with your help, it will be again. The Lyric offers a wider stage and closer audience – better suited for performing arts such as the symphony, ballet, opera and theatre. A restored Lyric Theatre could immediately host the 100+ events the Alabama Theatre now turns away annually and create an economic impact of an additional $5 million dollars a year for Birmingham, creating as many as 200 construction and permanent jobs.