Joe Jefferson playhouse, named after a famous 19th-century thespian, was first founded in 1947. It moved from its original location to its current spot in 1967. Throughout the years, it has delighted local residents with productions like Little Women and Angel Street. The theater is partially volunteer-run, and depends on the community to put on shows.
The Listening Room is a local music venue that hosts both local and national artists in an intimate and quiet setting. The venue is geared towards creating the perfect dialogue between the audience and the musicians, where each lyric or chord tells a story waiting to be heard. Local performers like Darrell McIntyre, Randy Branch and Melody Duncan have played here. You can enjoy an evening of great music, accompanied by fine wine or beer as refreshment. The vibe is mellow, and it's a nice place to soak in the beautiful melodies created by these talented artists.
The Merry Widow is a music venue located in downtown Mobile's vibrant LoDa district. The bar/entertainment hub hosts everything from music concerts to seated comedy and cabaret, featuring an eclectic lineup of locally and nationally famous talent. Talents like Brooks Wheelan, Big Deal Burlesque, The Bright Social Hour, and The Pine Hill Haints are featured in their lineup of performers. A great addition to the city's nightlife scene, the venue also hosts regular bar hours and a crafted cocktail program to accompany the music. Doors open at 8p on weekdays and at 9p on weekends for performances.
USA Mitchell Center situated on the campus of University of South Alabama in Mobile is home to USA Jaguars men's and women's basketball teams. Built in 1999, this stadium has played host to NBA matches, Sun Belt Conference tournament and has played host to many concerts throughout the year making it a truly multipurpose event venue. Local basketball fans fill USA Mitchell Center to the last seat during home matches of the Jaguars to show their support and see their favorite players in action. A wide range of private and corporate events can also be hosted at this spectacular venue.
The Saenger Theatre has been a staple in Mobile for many years, and plays host to a large number of live performances. The Saenger hosts movies, plays, dance performances, concerts, and more. Tickets and information on upcoming events can be found online or at the box office.
A complete art form, opera has everything—singers, soloists, chorus, dancers, orchestra, costumes, scenery, choreography, etc. that will make even a dull drab play very interesting. Mobile Opera was the 15th company to open in America. Over the years the establishment has encouraged many young talents. They have had the opportunity to perform with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera and at European festivals. Educational programs and scholarships for young and undiscovered talent are also conducted.
For a nice, quiet time in a park without any fuss, head over to Cooper Riverside Park when you're in town. This scenic, riverfront park has concrete paths, plenty of grass, and most importantly, panoramic views of the river and the busy harbor. Watch the ships sail by as you enjoy the windy environs of this small park. On the opposite end, the tall, downtown region of Mobile takes the stage, which is equally fascinating to admire. The park also plays host to a plethora of local events.