History of the Alexander City Theatre II
In the summer of 1986 Alexander City Arts, Inc., funded a musical production of “Oklahoma.” It was a huge success, filling the local community college auditorium for three performances. On April 19, 1988, some members of Alexander City Arts, as well as others in the community, met, elected a president, formed committees and set out to present plays. These amateur actors performed four plays annually for 10 years. They were known as the Lakeside Players.
But when the city’s largest employer moved to Atlanta, cutting more than 6,000 jobs in a city of 15,000, the Lakeside Players faded in the subsequent economic downturn.
Formation of ACT II
apply for grants
found a community chorus
Search for a Permanent Venue
Early on, the group sought a permanent home in downtown Alexander City. 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.
Naming of the Facility