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Official confirms Alabama Theater interior demolition plans

Official confirms Alabama Theater interior demolition plans

There is no denying that the Alabama Theater's art deco interior is slated for demolition anymore.

An official at Heights Venture Architects told CultureMap this morning that the company did submit plans detailing a near total interior demolition of the Alabama at the specific request of Weingarten (the company that owns the vacant building). 

The official at Heights asked not to be named and said he had no speaking authority, but confirmed that the company had been asked to submit the plans, which Swamplot first published.

The Heights official told CultureMap he does not know how many plans were prepared by the company, or whether they submitted any alternatives to permanently leveling the floor and substantially altering other defining characteristics of the 1939 art deco theater.

This much is clear: owners Weingarten Realty already have demolition plans in place that are labeled "issued for permitting."

Here's a faint hope there are plans we haven't seen.

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So long, art deco.