Cinema in Birmingham

Electric Cinema

Topped by its art-deco sign, this is the UK's oldest working cinema, operating since 1909. It screens mainly art-house films. Be waited upon in plush two-seater sofas or have a drink in the small bar (complete with …
Theatre in Birmingham

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Founded more than a century ago, today 'the Rep' has three performance spaces – the Main House; the more experimental Door; and a 300-seat studio theatre presenting edgy drama and musicals, with an emphasis on conte…
Live Music in Birmingham

Sunflower Lounge

This quirky little indie bar matches a magnificent alternative soundtrack with a regular program of live gigs and DJ nights.
Football in Birmingham

Villa Park

Aston Villa Football Club's 19th-century Villa Park is one of the country's largest stadiums. Behind-the-scenes tours (10.30am, 1pm and 3pm Monday to Saturday by reservation) include the dressing rooms, tunnel and p…
Live Music in Birmingham

Jam House

Pianist Jools Holland was the brains behind this moody, smart-casual music venue (dress accordingly). Acts range from jazz big bands to famous soul crooners. Over 21s only.
Live Music in Birmingham

O2 Academy

Birmingham's leading venue for big-name rockers and tribute bands as well as up-and-coming talent.
Theatre in Birmingham


Hosts the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Classical Music in Birmingham

Symphony Hall

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's official home is the ultramodern Symphony Hall. Shows also take place in the handsome auditorium at the Town Hall.
Concert Venue in Birmingham

Barclaycard Arena

Plays host to an improbable variety of sports and acts – ranging from indoor rowing, athletics and ice skating to artists such as Oasis and Coldplay, as well as comedian Peter Kay.
Concert Venue in Birmingham

National Exhibition Centre Arena

The giant National Exhibition Centre Arena, near Birmingham International Airport off the M42, hosts major rock and pop acts (as well as trade fairs).