GWTW ON THE BIG SCREEN!
Gone With the Wind made its annual run at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday August 7 and Sunday August 8, 2010. After sitting through several less than desirable showings of Gone With the Wind over the last few years, the Alabama Theatre presented two nearly flawless screening of the film and they did it in style!
The audience was treated to the hi-definition DVD projected through the theater's brand new system! The result was what I considered to be a nearly perfect showing of the film! The color, lighting, and aspect ratio were nearly perfect and every piece came together to make this one of the all-time best showings I have ever attended!
The Alabama Theatre
Above: The interior of the Alabama Theater in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo from the Alabama Theater website.
The Alabama Theater from the balcony.
Photo by Angela Danovi - August 8, 2010
Before I talk about the almost perfect showing of GWTW, I want to share with you, the beautiful photos of the Alabama Theater and the history of the theater. The Alabama Theater has three levels, a floor, balcony, and mezzanine. When you get to the top of the theater, you absolutely feel like you are flying! It is wonderful and this is the best place to truly appreciate the piece of art that is the Alabama Theater. The theater is trimmed in ornate gold with red velvet seats. You cannot go to any production, here, and not feel you are part of something special!
The Marquee of The Alabama Theatre
Photos by: Angela Danovi - August 7, 2010
Entering the Alabama Theatre is like taking a step back in time. The original ticket booth is located at the front entrance. Once you pass the ticket booth, you are greeted to an ornately decorated lobby complete with marble floors and chandeliers. The concession stand attendees were busily popping popcorn for the film patrons and mixing an assortment of fun drink specials for the afternoon with Scarlett and Rhett!
Front entrance to The Alabama Theater
Photo by: Angela Danovi - August 7, 2010
Lobby of The Alabama Theater leading to floor and balcony seats. Photo by: Angela Danovi - August 7, 2010
Painting of Scartlett that is a replica of the big painting in the film hangs permanently in the lobby of the
Alabama Theater. Photo by: Angela Danovi
This theater was so much fun to walk around in because it was almost limitless in places to explore. It had so many levels, so many little alcoves, lots of fun hallways, and great places to discover. I could imagine having a great time with an overnight event in this theater because of all the wonderful places to discover!!
One important aspect I discovered about this theater is that there are restrooms on the second floor. Whenever you go to a GWTW showing in the theater, it's always important to find out where the less-known restrooms are because Max Steiner just didn't leave enough intermission music for an audience that is majority women to get to the restrooms and back before Sherman burns his way across Georgia leaving Tara to face the famine and hell of defeat! It's definitely worth the walk up the stairs to visit those restrooms because there was no line and they were absolutely adorable complete with black and white tile floors!!!!
The staircase from the lobby to all the interesting levels, corridors, and alcoves of the Alabama Theatre.
Photo by: Angela Danovi
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