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“Such a shame....”
Review of Mac Birmingham

Mac Birmingham
Ranked #65 of 284 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
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“Such a shame....”
Reviewed July 23, 2011

..... that along with its re-development, it also lost all its character and charm. The MAC at one point for me and many of my firends, was an absolute must for any visit to Cannon Hill Park, even if just stopping off for a beer or a coffee. The theatre and cinema listings were a mix of popular crowd pleasers, along with more traditional and modern fare. Now however its sterile and uninteresting renovation is matched perfectly by its almost exclusively pretentious program,
Anyone going to the mac for the first time since its renovation, the cost of which is quite staggering (who knew covering everything in white paint cost so much) and is hoping to revisit what was once a beloved little hidden gem in the Birmingham arts scene, i suspect will also be highly disappointed.

Visited July 2011
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mac_birmingham1, Communications Officer at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review, July 27, 2011
We really sad to read this review. With our annual footfall figure increased by 69% since reopening, many would disagree with your comments. We feel, with an increase of 40% in space, the comparatively small £15.2m spent on the redevelopment is yielding huge benefits to audiences, learners and most importantly artists at all stages of their careers. We’d urge you to visit our website and visit again in the hope you’ll see the benefits of all our hard work.
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