Sidewalk Cinema

Alabama Moving Image Association

Giving Sidewalk Film Festival a permanent home in the middle of Birmingham's growing film scene.



Birmingham is proudly home to the Sidewalk Film Festival, one of the largest and longest running independent film festivals in the country. It is repeatedly recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the Top 25 Festivals in the World and by TIME Magazine as one of the Top 10 Festivals for the Rest of Us. Every year, the festival brings over 200 independent films to the city. 

Until now, however, Sidewalk has lacked a permanent home, necessitating the use of rented spaces to host any event throughout the year. In addition, Birmingham has lacked an independent theater, preventing smaller films from being shown to Birmingham's audiences. To rectify that situation, the Davis team worked closely with Sidewalk and the Alabama Moving Image Association to bring a new cinema to downtown Birmingham, with two, one-hundred seat theaters in the lower level of the historic Pizitz Building. The space will also include a comfortable lounge and bar, gallery, office spaces, and a film and media technology education space.

At a glance

  • Located in Birmingham, AL
  • 11,300 sf


  • Interior Design
  • Furniture Specification
  • Master Planning
  • Renovation + Restoration