The Alabama Theatre is one of 25 finalists across the U.S. vying for grant money in the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign. The competition’s winners will be decided through public voting, which is open now through October 31. If you love the Alabama Theatre, submit five votes daily for the Birmingham project by visiting

Originally, two Alabama signs lit the theater district. Both signs were taken down in 1957 to be refurbished, but the 18th Street sign never made it back up. REV Birmingham nominated the Alabama Theatre for this competition as an opportunity to combine national dollars with local commitments to replace the 18th Street sign.

This weekend, the public is invited to visit the theatre district to enter for a chance to win two tickets to a 2018 Alabama Theatre concert of your choice or to a 2017 holiday movie of your choice. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Take a photo that includes the 3rd Avenue North Alabama sign and marquee displaying the weekend’s message.

  2. Tag @ALTheatre when posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and use #AlabamaOn18th and #VoteYourMainStreet.

  3. Post any time between October 6 and 8, and make sure your photo is shared publicly.

The Alabama Theatre, built in 1927, was restored and is operated by the nonprofit organization Birmingham Landmarks, Inc., which also restored and operates the historic Lyric Theatre. Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership, created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places and their role in sustaining local communities.

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