The Alabama Theatre was built in 1927 by Paramount Studios as an Alabama showcase for Paramount films. It was used primarily as a movie palace for 55 years. In 1987 the owners of the facility declared bankruptcy and the theatre was purchased by Birmingham Landmarks Inc.
Now the Alabama Theatre for the Performing Arts, it hosts many live events. Each year the Theatre hosts over 300 events attended by a half million People.
In 1998 the Theatre underwent a complete restoration.
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Back in the 1930's this castle was rumored to be headquarters for Nazi spies. Later it was converted to apartments then abandoned. Really unique place to be found in the middle of Birmingham. The Sloss Furnaces produced iron for almost 90 years and was the foundation for the city of Birmingham, AL. Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, its web of rusty old pipes, tall smokestacks, and overall gritty industrial backdrop offers a pretty cool place for a photo shoot.
There is no entrance fee but donations are encourage. T-Sat 10-4 / Sun 12-4 / closed Mondays.
They have several events there and you can rent the facility for an event and there are also after dark paranormal tours !! Creepy in the daytime...really creepy at night and what could be scarier than old southern redneck ghosts !!
Taking snapshots for personal use is fine but for commercial use or for staging a photo shoot you will need to talk with them and grease the wheels with a donation.
Its a pretty cool place to visit when you are in the On a Sunday morning mid Sept 1963, the KKK planted a bomb in the NE stairwell of this church killing four young girls in their Sunday school class and injuring many others. Just a few minutes before the bomb these little girls had been in the basement talking about their first days at school. This set off marches in protest and extreme police brutality against so many. One cannot visit the memorial in the church and not feel a surge of emotion at the pain and grief this heinous act caused. Over 800 children were jailed after skipping school to protest this act. Birmingham, Alabama was built on the steel industry (it used to be referred to as the Pittsburgh of the South). The Sloss Furnaces is a remnant of that part of Birmingham's economy, and is the only preserved historic steel mill in the United States. The furnaces, chutes, towers, and machinery are strangely beautiful. The City of Birmingham, under a management agreement with the Railroad Park Foundation, has created a fabulous public space downtown. I was happy to see it being used heavily even on a cold and cloudy day in December.
I was impressed by the extent of re-use seen in the walls and seating areas which are constructed from bricks and objects unearthed on the site when Railroad Park construction began.
This 19 acre green-space was very well thought out and planned. 600 trees are planted with masses of annual, biennial and perennial flowers. The park is 30% water, complete with a beautiful lake and cool rain curtain that is lit at night with LED lights that change color. As you stroll or jog along the parks trails you will see bio-filtrated wetlands and ponds & streams everywhere all irrigated by onsite wells. As the trees start to mature this will only increase the parks awesomeness.
Well Done Birmingham !
The Park is open 7am-11pm daily. You can visit knowing you are safe as the park is monitored around the clock by a state-of-the-art security system and by rangers on patrol.
#birmingham A statue of Dr. Martin Lither King Jr. at Kelly Ingram Park faces 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. This church served as a civil rights movement headquarters in the 1960's. The church was formed in the late 1800's and was the first black church in Birmingham. On Sept. 15, 1963, the KKK set off a bomb killing four young girls and wounding many others. Today in the memorial room a clock, original to the church, sits frozen in time at 10:22am the time of the bombing. It along with other remains and photos are displayed in the basement of the church. Kelly Ingram Parks marks an area where children protested this heinous act by skipping school. Nearly 1000 were arrested and many more continued to protest. I got chills just looking at the photos and the clock brought tears to my eyes. Truly the best view of the city is from Crest Road.
FYI, This is NOT a spot that locals ... or local Law Enforcement want a bunch of tourists visiting. The small one way street only runs about 1000 feet and no stopping is allowed. The street is closed with a keypad locked gate after 7 p.m. I parked down the street and walked up just before 7 p.m. for this shot.
Please be aware that in this part of town there is a lot of affluence and Local Law Enforcement is VERY serious about protecting its community... If you look out of place they will find a reason... dig? Birmingham, Alabama, was built on the steel industry, and that heritage is commemorated in the Sloss Furnaces Historic Landmark, a preserved steel mill from the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Much of Birmingham's tourism is understandably based around its role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and the Sloss Furnaces sometimes gets overlooked. For Birminghamians, however, the Furnaces are a place to get married, and have festivals or parties. It's my unconventional choice for Birmingham's most beautiful spot. #localgem One of the most beautiful churches in the area. Several powerful sculptures were commissioned for the park to illustrate the Civil Rights Movement events that happened here.
Police and Dog Attack - a sculpture at ground level that is made up of two opposing metal walls with three vicious dogs that lunge at you as you pass between them the way the dogs did at the 1963 demonstration. It's effect is profound and moving.
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#MLK # CivilRights Birmingham's Civil Rights Heritage Trail winds its way through downtown, marking important locations located along the 1963 Civil Rights march route.
This self-guided tour leads visitors on the historic pathway with maps at each location.
Photographic plaques and dramatic cut-outs in the designs of these signs add to the intense experience as you walk in the steps of history and reflect on how far we have come and how far we still have to go to erase the hate.
#MLK # CivilRights I just love this Signage ! Old School Pin up style.
This area is called Several powerful sculptures were commissioned for the park to illustrate the Civil Rights Movement events that happened here and this one was one of tho most moving.
The park served as a gathering place for demonstrations in 1963 and fire hoses were turned on marchers, many of them children. This art piece depicts the
#MLK #CivilRights On the edge of Downtown Birmingham stands this crumbling building. Metaphorically, it may be representative of the downtown area. There are far too many just like it. Although there are some revitalization efforts going on downtown it has a LONG way to go. Birmingham could be SO much more, it's disappointing to see it stagnating. There is a lot of affluence in Birmingham but it is certainly not Everything is Rusty at The Sloss Furnaces!
The Sloss Furnaces produced iron for almost 90 years and was the foundation for the city of Birmingham, AL. Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, its web of rusty old pipes, tall smokestacks, and overall gritty industrial backdrop offers a pretty cool place for a photo shoot.
There is no entrance fee but donations are encourage. T-Sat 10-4 / Sun 12-4 / closed Mondays.
They have several events there and you can rent the facility for an event and there are also after dark paranormal tours !! Creepy in the daytime...really creepy at night !
Taking snapshots for personal use (and to post on Trover) is fine but for commercial use or for staging a pro photo shoot you will need to talk with them and grease the wheels with a donation.
Its a pretty cool place to visit when you are in the Miss Electra, Power Goddess !!
This Gold Leafed Goddess wields her lightning bolts over the City of Birmingham from 20 stories high atop the Art Deco Alabama Power Building built in 1925.
Finding the right vantage point to take a picture is tricky and you will need a long lens. I caught her on a very overcast day and was really hoping to catch her with a dark blue clear sky. Maybe next time...
Electra stands on her tippy-toes to reach 23 feet and, although it is ungentlemanly of me to discuss, weighs 4,000 pounds. She was originally cast in bronze and then gold leafed.
Cleaned and re-gilded on her 70th birthday in 1996, The Sloss Furnaces is a National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama in the United States. It operated as a pig iron-producing blast furnace from 1882 to 1971. After closing it became one of the first industrial sites (and the only blast furnace) in the U.S. to be preserved and restored for public use. In 1981 the furnaces were designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior. Cool looking window locate on the East Side of the Passage of pipes.
Sloss is a nationally registered historic place thats great for urbex photography or even just to spend a day climbing around and finding the little rarely spotted nooks where for nearly 100 years Iron was produced.
This commemorative statues of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stands In Kelly Ingram Park. In 1992 the park was renovated and rededicated as Day 22 - Driving through Birmingham Alabama. This is the largest cast iron statue in the world. It dipicts Vulcan the Roman God of fire and forge. The Vulcan statue is the largest cast iron statue in the world, and is the city symbol of Birmingham, Alabama, reflecting its roots in the iron and steel industry. The 56-foot tall statue depicts the Roman god Vulcan, god of the fire and forge. It was created as Birmingham's entry for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 World's Fair) in St. Louis, Missouri. The statue is the world's largest iron-ore statue, and among the nation's tallest.
Birmingham, Alabama was built on the steel industry (it used to be referred to as the Pittsburgh of the South). The Sloss Furnaces is a remnant of that part of Birmingham's economy, and is the only preserved historic steel mill in the United States. The furnaces, chutes, towers, and machinery are strangely beautiful. A view of downtown Birmingham with a Norfolk Southern locomotive passing by from Railroad Park. Railroad Park is a 19-acre park in Birmingham, Alabama, that opened in the fall of 2010. The park lies immediately south of the Norfolk Southern and CSX rail lines through downtown Birmingham. It stretches from 14th Street to 18th Street along First Avenue South. Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. I am not a museum person, but this is worth a visit. It’s a very moving and well done exhibit. The Side of the Boutwell Auditorium next to the Birmingham Museum of Art has these incredible mosaic murals that are lit at night. I have not been able to find out anything about them and half of them are obscured by trees.
There are also fountains and water features that course through this well thought out and picturesque public space.
#birmingham Cool place to bring kids ! #KidsFun Regions Field - A Minor league baseball park in the Southside community of Birmingham.
Regions bank is the only Fortune 500 company based in Birmingham.
BTW... Across the street is the Good People Brewery... another must do when in the HAM !
#birmingham Damn Fine Peeps and Suds at the Good People Brewery and Taproom!! Enjoy drinking your beer at tables right out on this working brewery floor.
I would highly recommend a stop for one of their tours that they offer on Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm on the hour.
Signing up online is the best way to go to reserve a slot. Each tour is limited to 15 peeps so... nice and intimate.
$10 gets you a collectible glass and a pint or four 4-oz samples. A nice park located in the heart of Birmingham Alabama. Railroad Park is a 19 acre green space in downtown Birmingham that celebrates the industrial and artistic heritage of our great city. Railroad Park is a 19 acre green space in downtown Birmingham that celebrates the industrial and artistic heritage of our great city Bike rentals are available daily so that you can explore the park and surrounding areas! Mugshots downtown. Chocolate Milkshake in a Frozen mug. The Birmingham Museum of Art, one of the finest regional museums in the United States, houses a diverse collection of more than 26,000 paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and decorative arts dating from ancient to modern times. A statue of Martin Luther King Jr. looks towards the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The 1963 bombing of the church by the KKK murdered 6 children in total and sparked outrage across the world. This marked a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. #civilrights #historymatters Beautiful night for a walk Sunset look at Downtown Birmingham, AL #bvscities Awesome and FREE! walk into Birmingham history... supposedly haunted too! :D This sculpture in Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Alabama depicts a vicious dog attack during the civil rights protests in 1963. This sculpture is very effective. I got chills walking through and imagining what it just have been like. #civilrights #historymatters Welcome to Birmingham, AL from Regions Field Historic steiner bank building on corner of 1st avenue north and 21st street Sloss Furnace The powerful monuments in Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham are worth a visit. This particular sculpture commemorates the four young girls who were killed in the bombing of the neighboring 16th Street Baptist Church. The park is adjacent to the Civil Rights Institute and serves as the starting point for several self-guided walking routes through downtown, which have interesting and inspiring guideposts along the way.
See more at National Civil Rights Museum. Catch a Barons baseball game in Birmingham at Regions Field. And enjoy a picnic, stroll around, or skateboard at the well-appointed Railroad Park next door.
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http://www.vanbrouck.com I feel like I had heard of this church, but didnt really understand the significance of what happened there until I visited. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute right next door is a really well done history of racism and civil rights in the US. I'd definitely recommend if you are in Birmingham for a while. Birmingham, AL. August 30, 2016. Fountain The home stadium for the Birmingham Barons. A great facility with restaurants and brewery's nearby that serve food/beer in the stadium during games This beautifully restored, historic theater in Birmingham is one of the premier venues in the state for movies and events. Check out their schedule or call ahead to get a tour.
For more in Birmingham, see: Here's the downtown skyline of this nice old Southern town to explore but be ready for the I-65 traffic jams!
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Pets allowed
Restaurant
Swimming pool
Business center
Laundry facilities

Location

Located in the heart of Birmingham, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and Birmingham Museum of Art. McWane Science Center and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hotel Features

A restaurant, an outdoor pool, and 2 bars/lounges are available at this smoke-free hotel. An airport shuttle is free. Additionally, a fitness center, a coffee shop/café, and a rooftop terrace are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 294 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and coffee makers, plus 24-hour room service and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. WiFi, wired Internet, and free newspapers are among the other amenities available to guests.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

The Westin Birmingham features an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Dining options at the hotel include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. Guests can unwind with a drink at one of the hotel's 2 bars/lounges. A computer station is located on site and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge.

This business-friendly hotel also offers a rooftop terrace, tour/ticket assistance, and concierge services. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary to guests at scheduled times. Parking is available onsite for a surcharge.

The Westin Birmingham is a smoke-free property.

  • Elevator/lift 
  • Rooftop terrace 
  • Number of bars/lounges - 2 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Free airport transportation 
  • Conference space 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Restaurant 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Wired Internet access - surcharge 
  • Computer station 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Luggage storage 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Concierge services 
  • Conference center 
  • Total number of rooms - 294 
  • One meeting room 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Wired high-speed internet ( USD 9.95 per 24-hour period ), Wired high-speed internet ( USD 9.95 per 24-hour period )

Available in some public areas: Wired high-speed internet ( USD 9.95 per 24-hour period ), Wired high-speed internet ( USD 9.95 per 24-hour period )

Parking

Self parking (surcharge), Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Phone 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Bathtub or shower 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • Wired Internet access (surcharge) 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 

Where to Eat

Todd English P.U.B - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Things to Do

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool and a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-in time ends at 3 PM

Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

Airport shuttle service is available at scheduled times. Contact the property in advance to get details.

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets stay free
  • Up to 80 lb

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
No rollaway/extra beds available
Pets allowed (no fees)

Fees

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD $15.00 and USD $25.00 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 9.95 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for in-room wired Internet: USD 9.95 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 9.95 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wired Internet in public areas: USD 9.95 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: USD 12.00 per night
  • Valet parking fee: USD 22.00 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Birmingham Westin
  • Westin Birmingham
  • Westin Hotel Birmingham

We should mention

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


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