The Red Mountain Theatre Company will host a groundbreaking ceremony next month to celebrate its new $25 million arts campus.
The ceremony will take place Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m. and will feature words from Birmingham Mayor and RMTC honorary board member Randall Woodfin.
According to RMTC officials, the project to build a permanent home for the company has been 40 years in the making.
“It has been a dream for us to consolidate our programming in order to better serve our community,” said Executive Director Keith Cromwell. “We envision an arts campus where artists can create, students can develop life and theater skills, and where for-profit and nonprofit can drive economic growth together.”
The new campus will be at 1600 Third Ave. S. next to Regions Field.
“RMTC is right at the heart of our city, and this space will allow us to be more efficient and more effective in our mission of enriching, educating and engaging our community,” said Kathryn Harbert, RMTC board past-president and capital campaign chair.
A 10,000-square-foot education center will house a 100-seat discovery theater, rehearsal space and classrooms. The main theater will have the ability to transform from a 360-seat cabaret theater to a proscenium-style theater that seats 450. It will also feature a grand lobby with full-service bar and a donor lounge that will double as a small piano bar when the theater doesn’t have a performance.
Through the combined efforts of Live Design Group, Brasfield & Gorrie and Harbert Realty Group, the project is estimated to be completed by summer 2021.
– Emily Williams