Midlands Arts Centre

Midlands Arts Centre

First opened in 1962, Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) is a contemporary arts centre found 2 miles south of the city centre. The cinema at MAC opened in 1987, making use of space previously home to squash courts, as part of a redevelopment project funded by West Midlands County Council. Before the cinema opened films were screened in various spaces including the Studio Theatre, which was home for a short while to the Midland Film Theatre, launched in 1971 with a programme of Ealing comedies. One of Birmingham’s few independent cinemas, MAC’s current programme boasts an eclectic mix of new releases, archive treasures and cult classics, family film and cinema from around the world.

Various MAC cinema programme covers from the MAC archive

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

Sir Michael Balcon and John Green opening the Midland Film Theatre in 1971 – article in the Birmingham Post

MAC currently hosts monthly workshops and family film screenings in partnership with Flatpack.

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MAC hosted the second Square Eyes TV Festival in November 2022.

We’d love to hear about your film-going experiences in Birmingham. From memories of amazing screenings or communal experiences, to grand days out at the pictures or more personal recollections. How has visiting the cinema shaped your life, and your experience of our city?

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