Red Mountain Theatre announces new Parkside campus

In 1979, students and professors at UAB, with support from city leaders, started Summerfest. The annual summer theater company would eventually become one of Alabama’s only year-round theater troupes.

With a rich 40-year history, Red Mountain Theatre Company (RMTC) has unveiled plans for a new, $25 million theater and arts campus in the Parkside district of Birmingham. Plans call for the new campus to be located at 1600 3rd Avenue South, between 16th and 17th Streets South, adjacent to Regions Park.

“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 RMTC Board President and community leader Kathryn Harbert.

Executive director Keith Cromwell noted that the theatre has been searching for some time for the right place to expand and grow. ““It has been a dream for us to consolidate our programming in order to better serve our community,” said Cromwell. “We envision an arts campus where artists can create, students can develop life – and theatre – skills, and where for profit and nonprofit can drive economic growth together.”

RTMC has contracted LIVE Design Group, a longtime supporter of the theater, to serve as architects on the project. International firm Brasfield & Gorrie, based in Birmingham, will serve as general contractor. Harbert Realty Services rounds out the team that will bring the project to life.

RTMC hopes to complete the project by summer of 2021.