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Trader Joe's the 'Act 3' of the old Alabama Theatre

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The show must go on, at the old Alabama Theatre near Montrose. On Friday morning, the curtain rises on the historic building's "Act 3" as a Trader Joe's grocery store.

Folks who remember it as a movie theater will recognize the circular Art Deco ceiling, which has been preserved.

"Being able to keep this as close to its original colors as we could and maintain that, paying homage to the original theater, was really exciting to us," said the store's general manager, David Fuller.

Many of the Alabama Theatre's architectural touches were maintained during the 25 years it served as a bookstore called Book Stop.

But the downward-sloping theater floor -- and other flourishes typical of a building constructed in 1939 -- are now history.

And preservationist Sarah Gish wishes more of the building's character could have been kept.

"You know, the murals that are in there. More of the sconces, more, just more. More of the original interior," said Gish.

But her reservations about the Alabama Theatre's modern makeover still won't keep Sarah Gish from shopping at Trader Joe's.

"Sure, they have good ginger snaps."

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