The Theodore

3211 2nd Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35222 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About The Theodore

Located in Birmingham, Alabama, The Theodore is a historic building situated in the Lakeview Industrial District. Here, couples can enjoy a wedding that is steeped in local heritage. This 1929 gem is part of the Swann Chemical Laboratory complex. The contemporary design includes an extensive 20,000 square feet and features charming elements such as exposed brick walls, steel windows, and barrel truss ceilings.

Facilities and Capacity

This building has three warehouse bays, a covered porch, and a beautiful courtyard that was transformed from the base of a railroad platform. These and other unique features make The Theodore a wedding destination to remember. As a versatile event space, the celebration area can be arranged in many different ways to suit the upcoming occasion. The capacity of this venue ranges from 500 guests for a seated or ceremony gathering, or 750 for a standing event. The building facilities include an ADA-accessible entrance, a prep kitchen, a bar, a get-ready suite, and more.

Services Offered

A team of in-house event specialists is made available to clients as they plan their celebratory journey. Beyond Details Catering and Design, the associated caterers of The Theodore, incorporate flavors that speak to local culinary traditions. Meals are paired with services like decor, flower arrangements, and lighting to set the tone of the event. From the first consultation to bidding farewell to guests, couples will feel fully supported by this team.

History

The proprietor of this building, Theodore Swann, originally hailed from Tennessee. He arrived in Birmingham in 1913, bringing with him ideas and drive. After working a handful of years for James Mitchell, Theodore branched out and started The Swann Chemical Company. While in operation, Swann's companies were pioneers in utilizing ferromanganese and phosphoric acid by electric furnace. The Swann Chemical Laboratory was established in 1936, utilizing a warehouse built in 1929. Dawning a new era of inhabitance, 2017 saw a grand remodel and the opening of the building for events and occasions of all kinds.

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2 Reviews for The Theodore

Recommended by 100% of couples


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Brandy · Married on 11/15/2014

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    Stunning Versatile Space!!

    This space is stunning for any event. I had the pleasure to work with The Theodore and was completely impressed. The buildings exposed brick, amazing beams and stunning windows will leave you in awe. I would recommend this amazing space and team for any of your events.

    Sent on 07/12/2020

The Theodore FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    No
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 7500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 7500
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    No
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 7500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 7500
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Chairs
    Clean Up
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Server(s)
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 11
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    2
  • Describe your venue:
    Ballroom
    Banquet Hall
    Historic Building
    Loft
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Bar Services
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Lighting / Sound
    Outside Vendors
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside Cake
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Aisle Runners
    Altar/Arch
    Chairs
    Dance Floor
    Decor
    Drapery
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Valet
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    March
    April
    May
    June
    September
    October
    November
    December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    July
    August

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    205-352-9913 (Phone number)
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The Theodore frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Theodore?

The Theodore includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At The Theodore, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The Theodore includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:

  • Server(s)

At The Theodore, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The Theodore includes:

  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
  • Premium Liquor
  • Specialty Beer
  • Specialty Wine

What are the most important characteristics of The Theodore in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Theodore for wedding events is known for:

  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall
  • Historic Building
  • Loft

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Theodore for wedding events?

The Theodore offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does The Theodore offer?

The Theodore offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Theodore offer for wedding events?

The Theodore offers the following services for wedding events:

  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Theodore have available for wedding events?

The Theodore offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Aisle Runners
  • Altar/Arch
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend The Theodore and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Theodore is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.