ACT II knew it could not fulfill its goals and aspirations without a venue of its own. Early on, the group sought a permanent home in downtown Alexander City.
Such a location could help to revitalize the local economy, drawing audiences from surrounding areas to the downtown restaurants and shops. They found one suitable building – the Bama Theater, owned by the City of Alexander City – but at the time, the old movie house was under lease as a gymnastics center.
As it happened, a month or so later, the facility became available.
ACT II immediately presented to the city council its vision for the theatre.
The theatre company proposed a long-term lease for the property, and council members agreed, entering into an agreement in April of 2016. Thus began the process of converting a blank canvas that had been waiting to be uncovered and take on another life, into the Alexander City Theatre II Fine Arts Center, where local not-for-profit organizations would find an ideal location in which to present a variety of fine arts events, including:
- Theatrical productions
- Dance performances
- Art exhibits
- Choral productions
- Musical entertainment
- And more
With the support of the community and Alabama State Council on the Arts, ACT II has retained an architect to develop plans for the renovation of the old downtown theater building into its new home, “The Alexander City Theatre II Fine Arts Center”.