Welcome Home St. Paul

Last week we had the pleasure of enjoying another fantastic show by St. Paul and the Broken Bones.  As usual, they did not disappoint.  This time the show was at Birmingham’s very own Alabama Theatre.  It’s this gorgeous theatre downtown built in 1927.  It has been beautifully maintained for all these years, and I’ve loved getting to attend various shows there including ballet performances, movie-showings, my high school beauty pageant, and now a concert.  I don’t have any pictures to show off the beautiful interior, but I did some google searching and found some great shots from over the years.  Here she is in her opening day glory, December 26, 1927…

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One of the things that has also been wonderfully maintained/restored is this old Wurlitzer pipe organ.  It still works to this day, and I’ve heard it played many times at various events at the Alabama Theatre.  As you can see in one of the pictures above, there was another theatre right across from the Alabama Theatre called the Lyric.  It was built in 1914 and at that time you could attend a show for 25-75 cents.  The Lyric was built as a live performing arts theatre, whereas the Alabama Theatre originally opened as a movie theatre.  The Lyric has been out of business since the 1970s, but it is currently being restored to it’s former 1920’s glory 🙂  And it looks great so far from the outside!! The lights are bright and beautiful!

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Anyways, back to St. Paul and the Broken Bones. The show was fantastic!  We grabbed dinner with John, Leah, Chesley & Dana before the show at J. Clyde, then hopped a taxi to the theatre.  If you like a mix of jazz, gospel, and soul music then you’ll love St. Paul.  He is an entertainer who truly loves what he does and you can tell when you see him on stage.  His band is also so talented. The brass horns make their music one-of-a-kind.  It was a great night!

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