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Address: Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH, England
Phone Number: 44-121-446-3200
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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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we were in the park for the park run and called into the cafe for breakfast they did full veggie breakfast and veggie sausages sandwhiches, plus meatty fare and a range of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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119 reviews 119 reviews
18 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

we were in the park for the park run and called into the cafe for breakfast they did full veggie breakfast and veggie sausages sandwhiches, plus meatty fare and a range of snacks, the staff were very attentive and the food was hot and tasty, this is a cafe and not a restaurant so dont expect plush surroundings, but worth... More 

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I had seen people eating in the Cafe Bar before and it looked good so we had a meal here before taking an evening course. I really with I hadn't. I had veggie burger with chips around £7. Literally burger and chips - no side salad. Chips were awful. Reminiscent of the standard served up in a back street burger/pizza/chicken... More 

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Visited the centre for the first time last night to see Breabach. Although we enjoyed the performance tremendously , blimey the centre is a bit of a mess. No one seems to use the bins to dispose of rubbish there's paper all over the floor in the loos and it's very noisy , as a result of all the tiled... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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153 reviews 153 reviews
46 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I often visit the MAC to use free internet and eat in the ground floor cafe. Its not the cosiest space and often there are no tables so you have to place order, drag all your bags, coat, laptop across to the bar area. Sometimes there are staff standing around in the bar area but they don't always take orders.... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We hired a studio here for my hen do to hold a dance class which was facilitated by Rachel from All Steps Dance (great!!). Although we felt slightly out of place in our 80s attire, we were efficiently processed on arrival, being given a key to access the studio we'd hired. The process to book the room was easy using... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I've known MAC since 1988 through various reincarnations and it's consistantly been a greasy spoon cafe that fails as an art centre. Recent visit sums it up. So called restaurent for some reason had run out of most of the menu for which I was gratefull as I have eaten there before but my friend hadn't, Toilettes were filthy. Art... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

On Good Friday, my children and I visited the MAC to get a drink in the cafe and avoid the rain. I was flabbergasted to be sitting there with them to realise the video on the main wall on entry to the MAC and on the way to toilets was of a woman having sex and trying to orgasm. When... More 

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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Considering how expensive the food is compared with comparable publicly funded arts centres, staffing levels in the cafe are woeful and when there are only two staff serving a very long queue, they can't be blamed that the floor of the cafe resembles a school dining room after a few food fights, with litter and chips on the floor. Also... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
29 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This is well refurbished art centre with a decent theatre stage. I have been here on comedy nights, theatre nights, dance shows and conferences. Booking tickets is pretty simple and collecting is easy. However the bar staff always seem to have issues, they are either too aggresive or sometimes not with it. The cafe staff have a real attitude problem,... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

A small venue, an intimate venue. Not chavvie, and no screaming kids. Excellent bar, reasonably priced.

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