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Also at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, we watched a short documentary called “She’s a Lady”*. The film, which won for Best Alabama Documentary, traces the history of Birmingham’s Lyric Theatre, and efforts to restore it. The theatre opened in 1914. It was quite a hub of activity. Luminaries such as Mae West, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and the Marx Brothers performed there. When the theatre closed in the late 70s, it was a porn house.
In conjunction with the film, Birmingham Landmarks Inc. decided to open the Lyric for one day so the public could see the theater for themselves. Here are some pictures of what the Lyric looks like right now.