Birmingham entertainment

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, which has a t…
Theatre in Birmingham

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Founded in 1913, today theatre production company '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 emphasi…
Live Music in Birmingham

Sunflower Lounge

This quirky little indie bar pairs a magnificent alternative soundtrack with a packed program of live gigs and DJ nights.
Classical Music in Birmingham

Symphony Hall

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's official home is the 1991-built Symphony Hall. Renowned for its acoustics, it seats 2262 concertgoers. Shows also take place in the handsome auditorium at the Town Hall.
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.
Theatre in Birmingham


Home to the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Hippodrome also hosts performances ranging from opera to contemporary dance, drama, musicals, pantomimes, concerts and comedy.
Live Music in Birmingham

O2 Academy

Birmingham's leading venue for big-name rockers and tribute bands as well as up-and-coming talent.
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 show you the dressing rooms, tunnel and pitch. The ground is 2 miles north of Birmingham. Trains …
Concert Venue in Birmingham

National Exhibition Centre Genting Arena

At Birmingham's giant National Exhibition Centre (NEC) trade-fair complex, near Birmingham International Airport off the M42, the 15,700-capacity Genting Arena hosts major rock and pop acts such as Paul Weller, Brit…
Concert Venue in Birmingham

Arena Birmingham

With a capacity of 15,800, this vast arena plays host to a huge variety of sports and acts – ranging from indoor rowing, athletics and ice skating to headlining artists like Lenny Kravitz, Katy Perry and the Arctic …