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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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.


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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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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The Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema is hosting Birmingham’s 13th Annual Salsa Showdown presented – a fundraising competition to determine who offers the best salsa, guacamole, queso and specialty dip. Admission will include sampling privileges at each competitor’s station, a ballot for casting an “Audience Choice” vote, cooking demo, access to live entertainment, beverage vending, and the Hot Pepper Eating Contest with cash prize.
MONOGRAPH Dir. Lisa Cordes Run Time: 27 Mins Synopsis: Monograph is a digital series documenting Alabama’s vibrant creativity. The new episode of APT's MONOGRAPH focuses on painting and features Roscoe Hall, Craig Legg, and Stacy Dacheux, featuring new host Jennifer Wallace Fields. Jennifer Wallace Fields is a visual artist and educator based in Springville, Alabama. She earned her BFA from the University of Montevallo where she focused on sculpture, with a particular interest in metalwork and ceramic hand-building. She has been making, exhibiting, and teaching art for the past twenty years. THE VOLUNTEER Dir. David Brodie Run Time: 35 Mins Synopsis: After being mistaken for the enemy by fellow U.S. forces during the Vietnam War, a Japanese-American veteran struggles to overcome his feelings of guilt and anger, find a sense of belonging, and reunite with the soldier from Alabama who saved his life. THE VOLUNTEER Awards include the Alan Hunter Best Alabama Film Sidewalk Film Festival, Best Documentary Short Bend Film Festival and Best Heartland Documentary Short Kansas City FilmFest International
During a two-day period before and after the University of Alabama integration crisis, the film uses five camera crews to follow President John F. Kennedy, attorney general Robert F. Kennedy, Alabama governor George Wallace, deputy attorney general Nicholas Katzenbach and the students Vivian Malone and James Hood. As Wallace has promised to personally block the two black students from enrolling in the university, the JFK administration discusses the best way to react to it, without rousing the crowd or making Wallace a martyr for the segregationist cause. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive in partnership with The Film Foundation in 1999. Filming Locations: Birmingham, AL, Huntsville, AL, Montgomery, AL, and Tuscaloosa, AL.
Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer. Together, they undertake the difficult, and possibly dangerous, struggle to unionize her factory. Filming Locations: Opelika, AL & Waverly, AL
A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act. Filming Locations: Selma, AL and Montgomery, AL
Filmmakers J. Whitson and T. Marie King are scheduled to be in attendance. A Q&A will follow the screening. Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth was raised in the crucible of segregated Birmingham but he was forged by its attempt to kill him. When the KKK planted a bomb underneath his bed and he emerged unharmed, he was sure he was saved by God to lead a Movement. His work not only ended legal segregation but led directly to the Civil and Voting Rights Acts - and inspired freedom movements around the world. Filming locations: Birmingham, AL
Join us for a Space Camp celebration in the Sidewalk Lobby! Free and family friendly.
Part V to screen first - Unstoppable killer Jakkariah "Jack" Harding is back in town after seven years as he stalks and kills at random before chancing upon a football watch party. The game is, of course, between longstanding rivals the Alabama-Mobile Seahawks and the Tennessee A&M Commonwealth. Chaos ensues, in increasingly ridiculous fashion, with inventive murders and multiple love triangles! Hearts are broken and appendages are torn. Followed by Part I - A lost slasher film from the golden age of the slasher genre. October 1979, Ricky Dean Logan is a man on a mission. Years ago, he lost a child at the hands of a psychopathic killer named Jakkariah Harding. When Harding escapes Death Row, Ricky Dean throws himself into the line of fire to stop him from killing again as Harding preys upon a group of friends gathered to watch a college football game. Filming Locations: Elkmont, AL, Athens, AL, Tanner, AL and Hartselle, AL. There will be a Q & A with the filmmaker following the films.
Join us for a unique opportunity to view short documentary works-in-progress and provide feedback directly to filmmakers. *This is a free event. Reservations are strongly recommended but not required. Seating is first come, first served*