Theatres & cinemas

Hippodrome theatre, Birmingham
The recently refurbished Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre


Birmingham has one of the highest concentrations of live theatre outside the West End of London. From the grand, 2,000 seater Birmingham Hippodrome which hosts many West End shows, to the Old Joint Stock (a pub and theatre in one!), you'll be spoilt for choice.

In Birmingham you can see traditional and more innovative works, and the city is also an essential stop for many touring West End shows.

Birmingham Hippodrome

More seats are sold at the Birmingham Hippodrome than any other British theatre each year! The Hippodrome is an essential stop for many touring West End musicals. In the last year it's seen performances of Chicago, West Side Story, Mary Poppins and We Will Rock You. The theatre also hosts the Birmingham Royal Ballet and frequent performances by the Welsh National Opera.

Birmingham Repetory Theatre

The Birmingham Rep is one of the leading national producing theatre companies. Every year it hosts around 20 productions, ranging from small scale development works to full-scale musical productions. 

What's on?

Take a look at the theatre listings on LiveBrum or visit the theatre websites to find out more: 


Think Tank museum & IMAX cinema
IMAX Cinema (© Horst Guttman)

There's a wide range of cinemas in Birmingham, many of which offer student discounts.

A twenty minutes’ walk from campus is a twelve screen Odeon cinema. For even more choice, take a short bus ride to the Star City complex which boasts the UK’s largest cinema with 30 screens and almost 6,000 seats. Star City has dedicated screens for Bollywood, foreign language, arthouse and classic films.

Just across the road from campus is Millenium Point - home to The Giant Screen, the largest cinema screen in the Midlands, using twin 4k projectors, Dolby Dichoric 3D system and powerful 15000w digital surround sound. At the other end of the scale, Birmingham also boasts the UK’s oldest working cinema, The Electric, where waiters will serve you drinks and generous wedges of home-made cake, as you watch the film from a comfy sofa.

The Midlands Art Centre shows compelling art house films from across the world.