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Abandoned Places - The Lyric Theater

Abandoned and empty for over 25 years, the Lyric (built in 1908 as a Vaudeville House) and it's adjacent office building are now in a state of arrested decay. The theater was purchased for preservation by a non-profit which owns the nearby and restored Alabama Theater. This summer, two assistants and I recieved permission to extensively photograph both theaters and the office tower adjacent to the Lyric. Using studio lights to illuminate the gloom, these are some samples.







Yes, the curtain does say "Asbestos"


This is color enhanced detail of the art above the stage





Many more photos will follow soon.

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leliel
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Great shots! How majestic that must have looked in its heyday.

And this is here? I had no idea there was a second theatre near the Alabama!
jj_maccrimmon
Dec. 4th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
Pretty amazing what little hidden gems Birmingham hides isn't it? It's absolutely incredible inside.
shxtgun
Dec. 3rd, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
so insanely jealous o.m.g.
jj_maccrimmon
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
Like I said earlier, I think a road trip may be the works (by both of us).

Thank you though :)
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jj_maccrimmon
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: Wow!
The restoration is going to be years int he making. The Lyric restoration was priced at 12.1 million in 2006. That's since risen. This one actually once had 1100 seats. It really is vast inside.

http://cinematreasures.org/theater/20211/
ekatarina
Dec. 3rd, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
Wow. Even in that state she is beautiful.

Katja
jj_maccrimmon
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
I have hope that it might yet be restored. Wait till you see what they did to it's (younger) sister theater - The Alabama Theatre.
ekatarina
Dec. 4th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
*Did* to her? I hope that's a good thing.

Katja, slightly concerned
jj_maccrimmon
Dec. 4th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
Nothing to be concerned over. Take a look at www.alabamatheatre.org. The 1928 Paramont built theater was lovingly restored. My photos will show some of the care and detail attended to.
happenings
Dec. 3rd, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
What a (once) beautiful theater! Thanks so much for posting--I really enjoy photos like this. Glad to hear it's being restored
jj_maccrimmon
Dec. 4th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
Thank you for the kind words sweet lady. This set is going to be months to post properly.
ryokara
Dec. 3rd, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Oooooo these are great! If only they would restore that place. It could be the talk of the town, if they did.
jj_maccrimmon
Dec. 4th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
Thank you for the kind words.

They've managed to arrest the decay. Funds are the biggest block to restoration. Preservation efforts are underway.
ryokara
Dec. 4th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
That's great! Where exactly is that place located? And, could I see it for myself?
jj_maccrimmon
Dec. 4th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
The Lyric Theater is in downtown Birmingham. They offer tours of it and The Alabama Theatre twice each year; once in May and once in October.
ryokara
Dec. 4th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Thank you for that information. I will have to look into going to see it in May then. ^_^
jj_maccrimmon
Dec. 4th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
I found it through a friend in B'ham. The other thing you can do is check out the events calendar for the Alabama (www.alabamatheatre.org) and it should list the dates. It took long negociations and discussions before they let me in. Then they just let me roam.. everywhere.
ryokara
Dec. 4th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
Very nice. I will check it out. Thank you.
beenabutterfly
Dec. 3rd, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness! This is the most awesome place, ever!! I love these pictures!!!
jj_maccrimmon
Dec. 4th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
We spent 3 hours in the Lyric and the adjacent office tower. It's an experience I hope to repeat.

Thank you for the kind words.
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jj_maccrimmon
Dec. 4th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
It was an amazing trip and hopefully they'll let me shoot there again. These shots are just the beginning. I could be posting photos from this July trip for months.
sabre0link
Dec. 4th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
Vonderful, simply vonderful...

jj_maccrimmon
Dec. 4th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
I am so very very happy that you joined me on this expedition. Assistant. fellow photog and and friend. :)
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