Ladies – Are You Tired of Waiting in Long Restroom Lines at the Alabama Theatre?

We Are Too So Please Read This!

Ladies Room Expansion Project

When the Alabama theatre was built in 1927, it was built with only five women's restroom stalls in its primary downstairs restroom and that has remained unchanged until now. A theatre of this size should have 25 stalls for women in this location. Therefore, the architect's plan is for 20 stalls to be added (giving us 25 total) and the comprehensive low bid for this is $400,000.

To date we have raised $127,000 towards the $400,000 goal. (This has come from a $50,000 grant from the Winston Redemption Fund along with a Linn Henley matching pledge of $50,000, plus individual pledges from Susan Brouillette, $5,000, Louise Beard $5,000, Cathy Adams $5000, Nancy Goedecke $5000, Sheryl Kimerling $2000 and Mallie Ireland $5000.) Therefore, we have secured $127,000 in funding towards the $400,000 goal. We currently have grant applications made with several Birmingham foundations, but we need individual donations to get to the goal!!

Technically, we are just $273,000 from starting construction! If necessary, Birmingham Landmarks feels it could borrow $100,000 to pay towards the restroom expansion and pay that back over time from operational revenues.

Why is it so expensive?

This price is due primarily to the expense of extensive excavation and concrete wall demolition, the purchase and installation of new appliances and plumbing, new and expanded electrical systems, and HVAC purchase and installation.

Why is this important?

The primary women's restroom has only five stalls and that has remained unchanged since 1927, despite the fact that the Alabama attracts approximately 150,000 citizens a year and, increasingly, 66% of these attendees are women. For example, when the Alabama sells out, there can be up to 2,200 in attendance and that could mean over 1,400 women waiting to use these five restroom stalls, particularly at intermission, which results in absurdly long lines. Throughout the school year, thousands of children are bused to the Alabama for rewards for having met reading goals or other objectives. Typically, teachers have to take entire classes to the restroom at the same time which also creates further logjams.

This Will Never Change If You Don’t Help

  1. Please make your check out to Birmingham Landmarks, a tax-deductible 501c3 organization and mail it to: Ladies Restroom Expansion Project, 1817 Third Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203
  2. Help us get an audience with your CEO at your workplace so that we can solicit that person for a corporate donation.

Questions? Followup? Contact Tom Cosby, director of development, Birmingham Landmarks at 205-261-8848 or email him at tom@alabamatheatre.com.