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Address: Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH, England
Phone Number: 441214463232
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Description: 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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Arts Centre 5 stars, cafe none!

The MAC is a vibrant, exciting arts centre with lots to see and do. The cinema showings are a particular highlight for us as they screen a huge selection of both mainstream and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
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Truro, Cornwall
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114 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This is a Birmingham institution and recently went through a massive transformation that saw it radically rebuilt. A variety of classes, artworks and exhibitions, theatres and cinema as well as bar and coffee shop.

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macbirmingham62, Manager at Midlands Arts Centre (mac), responded to this review

Hello, Thanks very much for taking the time to leave a review. Great to hear that you think so highly of mac and we hope you continue to enjoy visits here for many years to come. Thank you More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Guest at a 60th Party 15/08/2015. The staff were professional, friendly and accommodating, nothing was too much for them. Their agenda - ensure the host and her guests enjoy themselves. They delivered. The delicious food was nicely presented. When we had finished eating, staff re-dressed the food so that we could fill our doggy containers which was provided by the... More 

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macbirmingham62, Manager at Midlands Arts Centre (mac), responded to this review

Hi Cecilia, Thanks for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We're really pleased you had a good time and we'll pass your kind words onto the staff who were working that night; I'm sure they'll be delighted to hear the party was a success. We look forward to welcoming you back to mac soon. Thank you More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The Arena bar's food and service is awful and to top the fact that the food was awful, employees hauled carts of rubbish through the restaurant (in fact, raced each other) on two occasions & then the cafe bins were emptied and carried through again for all to enjoy! Really not worth a visit.

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macbirmingham62, Manager at Midlands Arts Centre (mac), responded to this review

Hi Fozia, 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 

Truro, Cornwall
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The MAC is a vibrant, exciting arts centre with lots to see and do. The cinema showings are a particular highlight for us as they screen a huge selection of both mainstream and more eclectic films. Unfortunately, the thing that lets this place down is the cafe which, on the last three occasions we have visited, was in a disgusting... More 

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macbirmingham62, Manager at Midlands Arts Centre (mac), responded to this review

Hi Ian, Thanks for taking the time to write a review; we're really pleased you enjoy your visits to our cinema and hope you continue to do so. All feedback is useful and we'll pass your comments on to the cafe team. Thank you More 

birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I am unwell and unable to attend an event this evening. I asked if mac would transfer my tickets for another event later in the month that isn't sold out, and they refused. They would rather that my tickets for tonight went unused and they pocket the money, instead of offering decent customer service and transferring the tickets for a... More 

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macbirmingham62, Manager at Midlands Arts Centre (mac), responded to this review

Hi Helen, Despite our very clear terms and conditions at the point of booking we did exchange your tickets once as a gesture of goodwill. To ask us to do this twice is a little unreasonable and unfair to the rest of our customers; it sets a precedent that we just aren’t able to deliver on. We’re disappointed that you... More 

Solihull, United Kingdom
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364 reviews
207 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Midlands Arts Centre is a great place, on the edge of the beautiful Cannon Hill Park. We visited the cinema with friends - comfortable seats, and a quite intimate feel. The café however is a disaster. Uncleared tables, very patchy service - three of us ordered lunch, one came within ten minutes, we had to chase up the other two... More 

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birmingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Visited the MAC to watch a show and it's a lovely venue with a nice size theatre, bright open spaces and friendly staff. The only fly in the ointment was the price of food and drink! Like most venues of this type you expect there to be a certain mark up but £1.90 for a small bottle of Coke and... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The MAC has always been a great creative place to visit. I have enjoyed countless events here over the years and since it's refurb there's just so much more on offer for so many. A vibrant Centre, free to enter, very welcoming and lots of info with what's on at the MAC and in other parts of the city too.... More 

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Birmingham
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I love the mac - it puts on great art and events but the cafe is a real let down. Went to see the brilliant Sid Peacock do his mix of Chinese and Western music and decided to have a cup of tea and a bit to eat first. Should have stuck with the tea. The cafe was disgusting with... More 

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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189 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I thought the improvements a few years ago which modernised the premises were great, but I am not sure if they finished. The women's toilets in the basement seem a bit tired to me and I would like to see some money ploughed back into these core facilities. It is an ok venue but I feel some investment in the... More 

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