BIRMINGHAM, ALA. -- One of Birmingham,
Alabama’s most popular clubs recently received a lighting
facelift and patrons are now finding nuances they previously overlooked.
Platinum of Birmingham started out as something
to do in the evenings for owner Lewall Taylor, known as Tee. “I
started in a little house with two bedrooms that I converted in
to a club in 1974,” Taylor said. The club caught on as Tee’s
Place and Taylor periodically added on and remodeled.
During one of the remodels, Taylor tore down one
building and added a patio. The patio had a waterfall feature and
soon Taylor added a roof so the facility could be used during inclement
weather. As his business grew, Taylor put in some club lighting
and a sound system. Ten years ago, he changed Tee’s Place
to Platinum of Birmingham and upgraded the club once more.
A chance meeting with CHAUVET® dealer Jack
Kelly, owner of Eye Dialogue, led to a complete lighting redo of
the now 15,000-square-foot club, which features a variety of music
genres, including hip hop, rhythm and blues, soul, Billboard chart
toppers and live concerts.
Working 12 to 14 hours per day for eight straight
days, Kelly and three of his employees “added a lot of fixtures
all over the place,” he said. “They had a 70s vibe with
mirrors on one bar and glass block on another from the work done
in 2000. We didn’t want to take anything away because this
is architecture you don’t see any more.”