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Midlands Arts Centre (mac)

Address: Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH, England
Phone Number: 44-121-446-3200
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Ranked #43 of 101 Activities in Birmingham
Type: Art Galleries, Theaters, Shopping & Fashion, Theater & Concerts, Museums
Owner description: Opened in 1962, mac birmingham is a hub of creativity and learning in the Midlands. With four...
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Type: Art Galleries, Theaters, Shopping & Fashion, Theater & Concerts, Museums
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Owner description: 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

For a cafe in a publicly subsidised building, MAC cafe is very expensive. It's concerning that the long counter, which could be serving, for example, a range of hot foods and salads is occupied largely by crisps and novelty merchandise. , Service is often haphazard and the catering priority seems to be corporate events rather than individual customers. On this... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I met a friend for a drink and catch up after work. We originally sat in the lobby area, the settee were comfortable however, there were lots of cups, plates etc that were there for a long time before staff cleared them. We vacated to the bar area, the staff in there were so lovely and hard working. We ordered... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I have visited the MAC may times and the hot food is okay. We decided to have a sandwich as most tables were taken by the single coffee drinker with a laptop so we sat in the lobby. Tables for two would be easy to fit in and cater for this market place. The stale, sad excuse for sandwiches that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Although there are other cinemas nearer to our home, we always choose to go to the MAC. The seats are comfy, you can book tickets in advance (and collecting them is an easy process) and there is definitely no food or drink allowed in the auditorium. Staff are always really friendly too. They show a good selection of foreign language... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The Midlands art centre is based in the beautiful Canon Hill Park (check out my other reviews for more info on Canon Hill Park) There is so much to see and do at the MAC (midland art centre) with a art fair and other events being held there all year round, there is always something new to see and do,... More 

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Birmingham UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I have been coming here for years for shows, cinema etc and have no complaints at all about these. However visits are easily spoiled when you visit the cafe. This reminds me of a school canteen with its long queues and the sheer volume due to the poor acoustics in the area - not a pleasant place to sit and... More 

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Birmingham UK
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I would have loved to give a great review as there are so many positives about this place. The problem with our visit today was firstly the many disabled parking spaces were filled with non-disabled vehicles. The staff said the Park owned the land and they wanted to make more disabled spaces ...........for other people to use? Next we needed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

First visit but won't be our last. Went to see Sam Sweeney' s "Made in the Great War" in the theatre. Impressed with this as avenue. Lots of free parking and easy to find. Friendly staff, looked to have good food in cafe and the theatre was a good studio type venue.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Easy to find as it is opposite Edgbaston cricket ground. Free car park. Annoying group of people at entrance handing out forcefully religious literature! Lovely feel as you enter. Friendly staff. Interesting art. Plenty of seating for visitors and a cafe too. Thourly enjoyed the visit. You canmake a donation if you wish. Nice shop. Will come again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It's great to be able to call in here and just see what is happening. We have enjoyed the Robert Therrien exhibition (on until 7th Sept 2014), some free music in the foyer, and the art on the walls of the building. The workshop programme for both children and adults looks great - wish that I had more time here... More 

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