LOCATION

The Sidewalk Film Center is located in the heart of downtown Birmingham’s historic theatre district in the newly restored Pizitz Building, located at 1821 2nd Ave. N. Birmingham, AL 35203. We are easily accessible from I-65, I-20/59, Hwy 31 and Hwy 280. The Pizitz Building has a parking garage with entrance and exit on 18th St N.

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ACCESSIBILTY

The Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema is a KultureCity certified venue. Check-in with our box office staff for a KultureCity bag, headphones, lap pad or other accommodations.

The Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema meets or exceeds all ADA standards.

  • We offer 4 handicap accessible seats with companion seating in each of our two theaters.
  • Both of our restrooms provide wheelchair accessible restroom stalls.
  • Our Bar, Concessions and Box Office Counters are all wheelchair accessible.
  • We have captioning and assistive listening devices available for check out from our main box office.
  • We offer open caption film screenings on a regular basis.

BAR + CONCESSIONS

The Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema offers a full bar and carefully curated concession stand with all your favorite movie theater treats plus a few fun surprises.

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RENTALS

Sidewalk is now offering rentals of our space for various events such as parties, meetings, private film screenings… and whatever else you can think of!

The Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema is a beautiful, 11,400 square foot facility conveniently located in The Pizitz Building, in the heart of downtown Birmingham’s historic theatre district. The venue offers two state-of-the-art theaters (one is fully equipped to host hybrid meetings and live stream events), one multi-function room, two attractive lounges, and a large bar area.

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Drama
"Exhibiting Forgiveness" follows the journey of Tarrell (André Holland), a successful Black artist whose life is disrupted by the unexpected return of his estranged father, La'Ron (John Earl Jelks), a recovering addict seeking reconciliation. As Tarrell prepares for a new gallery show, he struggles with traumatic memories of his childhood and the unresolved pain inflicted by his father. While his mother, Joyce (Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor), has forgiven La'Ron, Tarrell grapples with the challenge of forgiveness. Directed by Titus Kaphar, this film blends emotional depth and visual artistry, exploring themes of familial strife and the complexities of forgiveness against the backdrop of the contemporary art world. With a powerful performance by André Holland and a dynamic supporting cast, "Exhibiting Forgiveness" offers a poignant reflection on the enduring impact of past traumas and the arduous journey toward healing.
Join the Sidewalk Film Festival programmers for an exclusive Sneak Peek of what's coming up for 26th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival presented by Regions Bank! Get early access to find out about festival news and programming and see trailers for the films we have in store for you before they're announced to the general public on July 26th. Join us at the bar and concessions at starting at 5pm for Happy Hour featuring a free wine tasting by festival sponsor Vineyard Brands, followed by the Sneak Peek at 7pm! *This is a free event. Reservations are strongly recommended but not required. SEATING IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.*
Join us for a Special Edition of our Sneak Peek of the 26th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival line-up and start making your Festival ""must see"" list! We invite our Sponsors, Members, Donors and Board Members to join us for a special edition Sneak Peek event with the 26th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival programming team and staff.
Join us for a Special Edition of our Sneak Peek of the 26th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival line-up and start making your Festival ""must see"" list! We invite our Sponsors, Members, Donors and Board Members to join us for a special edition Sneak Peek event with the 26th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival programming team and staff.
Alabama might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about filmmaking, but the craft is alive and well in the deep south. Sidewalk’s mission is to encourage, inspire, and support filmmaking and the appreciation of independent film in Alabama, and one of the many ways we serve this mission is through the Alabama films track at the festival each year. These are films that were either shot in Alabama, were made by an Alabama-based filmmaker, or utilize Alabama cast and crew- sometimes all three.
The documentary "The South Got Something to Say" serves as a nostalgic journey through the evolution of Southern hip-hop, resonating deeply with those who grew up in the 80s and 90s. As highlighted in the Vox ATL review, the film encapsulates the essence of an era, blending good times and challenges while celebrating the transformative power of music. It offers a compelling narrative that reflects on both the hardships and triumphs of Southern artists, showcasing their contributions to a genre that profoundly shaped a generation. Through its curated selection of music and poignant storytelling, the documentary not only educates but also evokes a sense of cultural pride and musical appreciation among its viewers. - T. Marie King
Sidewalk’s Book + Film Club unites movie and book lovers for a monthly film screening and discussion about famous films and the people who make them. At the end of the month, we host a screening of a film related to the book and host a round-table discussion. Each session is $35 and the includes book, film screening, and discussion. Buy 3 or more months at once and get 10% off your registration by using code ‘3ormore' at checkout!
Sidewalk’s Book + Film Club unites movie and book lovers for a monthly film screening and discussion about famous films and the people who make them. At the end of the month, we host a screening of a film related to the book and host a round-table discussion. Each session is $35 and the includes book, film screening, and discussion. Buy 3 or more months at once and get 10% off your registration by using code ‘3ormore' at checkout!
Sidewalk’s Book + Film Club unites movie and book lovers for a monthly film screening and discussion about famous films and the people who make them. At the end of the month, we host a screening of a film related to the book and host a round-table discussion. Each session is $35 and the includes book, film screening, and discussion. Buy 3 or more months at once and get 10% off your registration by using code ‘3ormore' at checkout!