Birmingham Performing Arts The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Theatre presents dramatic productions, special concerts, big-name entertainment and shows in the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center late September through May; phone (205) 975-2787 or (877) 278-8457. The Terrific New Theatre, open year-round, features off-Broadway shows; phone (205) 328-0868. The Birmingham Children's Theatre, one of the largest professional children's theaters in the country, presents nine different shows throughout the year; phone (205) 458-8181. Contemporary and experimental dramas are hallmarks of the Birmingham Festival Theatre, which features new playwrights and local talent; phone (205) 933-2383.
The Virginia Samford Theatre, 1116 26th St. S., features two performance spaces in its late-1920s building; phone (205) 251-1206. Alabama Theatre, 1817 3rd Ave. N., is also a late-1920s venue. It's been restored and is an impressive place to see a movie or a live performance; phone (205) 252-2262. The Lyric Theatre, 1800 3rd Ave. N., goes back even earlier. It was built in 1914 as a Vaudeville venue, and it's still a destination for live events; phone (205) 216-3118.
The Alabama Ballet stages most of its performances at the Samford University Wright Center; phone (205) 322-4300. Opera Birmingham sponsors performances throughout the year; phone (205) 322-6737.
AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
State, county and city sales taxes total 10 percent in Birmingham. Lodging taxes of 17.5 percent and $3 per night also are levied.
Princeton Baptist Medical Center, (205) 783-3000; St. Vincent's Birmingham, (205) 939-7000; St. Vincent's East, (205) 838-3000; Trinity Medical Center, (205) 592-1000; UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) Hospital, (205) 934-4011; UAB Hospital-Highlands, (205) 934-3411.
2200 Ninth Ave. N. Birmingham, AL 35203. Phone:(205)458-8000 or (800)458-8085
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
One of the largest car rental agencies in the city, Hertz, (205) 591-6090 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.
Amtrak trains destined for New York and New Orleans depart from the station at 1801 Morris Ave.; phone (205) 324-3033.
Greyhound Lines Inc., at 618 19th St. N., provides commercial bus service to and from the city; phone (205) 252-7190 or (800) 231-2222.
Taxis are on the meter system. The typical charge is $4.50 initially and $2 for each additional mile. Two companies are Silver Cab, (205) 701-2222; and Yellow, (205) 222-2222.
Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority provides bus service around town and into the outlying suburbs. Basic bus fare is $1.50. The authority also manages Magic City Connector, a system of buses serving the downtown area; the fare is 30c. Exact change is required for both bus services. Phone (205) 521-0101 for schedule and route information.