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Address: | Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH, England
Phone Number: 441214463232
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Opened in 1962, mac birmingham is a hub of creativity and learning in the...

Opened in 1962, mac birmingham is a hub of creativity and learning in the Midlands. With four performance auditoria, rehearsal and media studios, a cinema, and a visual art gallery, mac birmingham presents a broad range of contemporary work from both emerging and established artists across genres. mac birmingham is the most visited arts centre in the Midlands and is renowned for its family friendly and inclusive approach. Originally intended for children, the centre now caters for audiences young and old, from the local community and beyond. Re-opened in May 2010 after extensive refurbishment, the arts centre boasts stunning architecture and a high level of accessibility. Set in the magnificent surroundings of Cannon Hill Park and home to the Bridges Bar Café for meals and snacks, and the stylish Arena Bar for evening drinks, the centre is well worth a visit.

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Sunday afternoon drink after walk

We visited the café for a drink on 3 January 2016 after a rainy walk around Cannon Hill Park. The café was quieter than normal as there are a high number of families visiting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2016
Steve432016
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Mac is fabulous - the building is a modern design and is light and airy. There is always something on at the Mac - whether it's a show, play or film at the cinema, a photography or art display, or one of the multiple art, craft, drama, fitness courses taking place. There is something for everyone. The cafe serves... More 

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Thank Zoe S
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Hi Zoe, Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It's always great to hear from the people who love mac and get involved with everything we have to offer. We hope to see you at mac again soon! Thanks very much More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We visited the café for a drink on 3 January 2016 after a rainy walk around Cannon Hill Park. The café was quieter than normal as there are a high number of families visiting normally. It is a reasonably priced facility in friendly surroundings. The only downsides are that the chairs could be more comfortable and there should be racks... More 

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Thank Steve432016
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Hi Steve, Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed your visit to the cafe. We're always happy to hear feedback and I'll be sure to pass your comments onto the catering team. Thanks More 

Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

Doreen Tipton and her amazing black country themed spectacular was just that. And for that reason, the theatre was filled slightly past capacity. Luckily we managed to sit together. But a few stragglers found themselves separated. We arrived early and there was minimal queuing and the staff were friendly and approachable. All in all a successful night. Despite parking in... More 

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Thank Colin E
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Hi Colin, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review. We’re always pleased to hear when people have had a good time at mac and I’ll pass your comments on to our team. We look forward to welcoming you back to mac soon, do come and try the food! Thanks More 

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Having visited the MAC twice this year we have on both visits experienced the uncomfortable seating . The venue itself is fantastic in a wonderful setting . However they have bench style seats which are not the most comfortable and seem to like squashing as many people as they can get in . You find you are very close to... More 

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Thank Graham H
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Hi Graham, Thanks for your feedback, it’s always useful to hear people’s thoughts on their visit. I’m sorry to hear you’ve found the bench seating in the Foyle Studio uncomfortable. It’s a space that’s used for a lot of different events, workshops and rehearsals so the seating in there needs to be easy to fold away. As I’m sure you... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

The seats are not very comfortable and the leg room is very limited. As an arts centre, the mac should also programme more film events (day schools, etc.) and more matinee performances.

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Thank David A
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Hi David, Thanks for taking the time to write a review. I’m sorry to hear that you find our seats uncomfortable. I’m sure you understand that replacing our seating would be a very expensive undertaking. However, we do have allocated seating in both the cinema and the theatre which allows you to book in advance and choose a seat with... More 

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6 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

Been here before and found the service " middling" . Yesterday they were busy but the cafe service was either " couldn't care less" or just that the server had no idea. A " pot of tea " was served as a tea bag in a paper cup. Asked for a proper cup and she just poured it out of... More 

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Thank mnter5
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks for taking the time to give some feedback. Of course we're disappointed that you had a bad experience at mac and we do hope you'll visit us again. All feedback is really useful so we will pass your comments on to the catering team. Thank you More 

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25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

An average theatre area. I think that if you say that it is the arts centre for the midlands, it needs to represent the midlands, and their inhabitant's cultures. Instead it does a few mid range shows and some dismal art events. This is a bit disappointing in my opinion.

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Thank Peter W
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks for taking the time to leave some feedback. Of course we’re disappointed that you’ve not found much that appeals to you at mac. As a contemporary arts centre we aim to offer a variety of events and experiences throughout the year. We’re very proud of our programme which features a wide range of music, dance, comedy and theatre... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Visited this cinema for the first time on Friday 30th October 2015. Friendly staff. Very comfortable seats. I got the impression you would have a good view of the screen regardless of where you sat. How nice they don't allow food to be consumed! A great film viewed without the irritation of sweet wrappers being rustled! Not sure why but... More 

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Thank Yvonne B
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a glowing review. We’re really pleased you had a great time at mac and appreciated our ‘no eating in the cinema’ policy. We look forward to seeing you at mac again soon. Thanks More 

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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed the breakfast here at a good price. The staff were very polite and happy to make alterations at no extra cost. Food came cooked well and in good time. Nice place to relax and begin your day

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Thank Ajs A
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It’s always great to hear what people enjoy about their visits and I’ll certainly pass your comments on to our team in the café. We look forward to seeing you at mac again soon. Thanks More 

Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
61 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

It has been many years since we have visited the MAC, however we planned to visit Cannon Hill Park today, so decided to have a look around the Mac and visit the restaurant. We were very pleased with the menu selection and the food ordered was excellent. Brought to our table really quickly, particularly good service as the restaurant was... More 

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Thank Aderave
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. I’ll be sure to pass your comments on to our team in the café, they’ll be very pleased to hear them. The building is very much a space for visitors to explore so unless a door is locked you’re more than welcome to look around. But we understand... More 

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