If any ghosts of Alabama Theater moviegoers were still intent on haunting the spaces once occupied by their old seats, they’d be buried in sand by now. A Swamplot reader and theater buff shows us the current state of the building’s innards — as seen yesterday from strategic views through the front and rear glass doors. On its way to a new level and Trader Joe’s-worthy surface, the auditorium’s basement and raked floor have been transformed into what now appears to be the city’s largest indoor sandbox. (From the photos, it looks like only a single motorized sand toy gets to play in it, though.)
A new, permanent concrete floor ordered by the owners of the landmarked 1939 Art Deco building, Weingarten Realty, will replace the removable raised-floor system put in place in the early 1980s, when the theater at 2922 S. Shepherd Dr. was transformed into the Alabama Bookstop bookstore.
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“At present, it does not appear that any damage has been done to the walls or the mural above the rear exit door to the auditorium,” reports the photographer. Here’s a longer version of the same view, taken from the front door and looking through the theater lobby:
And looking back into the auditorium space, from the back door:
- Previously on Swamplot: Did Weingarten Realty Just Bury the 1939 Art Deco Interior of the Alabama Theater in Concrete?
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