Originally constructed in 1927 as a place where the community came together to put on quality theatrical productions, this Romanesque playhouse is the origin of Birmingham’s theatrical legacy. In 1999, plans to close and sell the theatre sparked a movement by the Metropolitan Arts Council and Virginia Samford, to purchase and preserve the beloved Birmingham landmark and historic structure. Following its grand reopening in 2001, today it is a place where artists and performers showcase their talents, local non-profit and community groups hold meetings, and citizens and corporations gather for weddings, receptions and private functions.