Culture in Birmingham Alabama
Birmingham is the cultural and entertainment capital
of Alabama with its numerous art galleries in the
area and home to
Birmingham Museum of Art, the
largest art museum in the state. Birmingham is also
home to the state's major ballet, opera, and
symphony orchestra companies such the
Alabama Symphony Orchestra,
Ballet, Birmingham Concert Chorale, and
* The historic Alabama Theatre hosts film
screenings, concerts and performances.
* The Alys Stephens Center for the Performing Arts
is home to Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Opera
Birmingham as well as several series of concerts and
lectures. It is located on the UAB campus in the
* The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC),
houses a theater, concert hall, exhibition halls,
and a sports and concert arena. The BJCC is home to
theBirmingham Children's Theatre, one of the oldest
and largest children's theatres in the country, and
hosts major concert tours and sporting events.
Adjacent to the BJCC is the Sheraton Birmingham, the
largest hotel in the state.
* The historic Carver
Theatre, home of the Alabama
Jazz Hall of Fame, offers concerts, plays, jazz
classes (free to any resident of the state of
Alabama) and many other events in the Historic 4th
Avenue District, near the Birmingham Civil Rights
* The Birmingham Public Library presents programs
for children and adults.
* Boutwell Auditorium (formerly Municipal
Auditorium) is located at Linn Park.
* The Verizon Wireless Music Center, formerly Oak
Mountain Amphitheater, is a large outdoor venue with
two stages. It is located in Pelham.
Other entertainment venues in the area include:
* Fair Park Arena, on the west side of town, hosts
sporting events, local concerts and community
* WorkPlay, located in Southside, is a multi-purpose
facility with offices, audio and film production
space, a lounge, and a theater and concert stage for
visiting artists and film screenings.
* Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, a celebration of
new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham, was
named one of TIME magazines "Film Festivals for the
Rest of Us" in their June 5, 2006 issue.
* The Wright Center Concert Hall at Samford
University is home to the Birmingham Ballet
Birmingham's nightlife is primarily clustered around
Five Points South and Lakeview, but an additional
$55-million entertainment district has been approved
for an area adjacent to the BJCC.
The Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham
maintains activeculture.info, "a one-stop source for
finding out what's going on where around"