Our Mission Statement
It is our greatest mission to play a huge role in the lives of the community by providing educational and entertainment opportunities where they can showcase their arts and talents.
Mitchell Arts Centre opened in 1957 as a tribute to one of the City’s most loved local heroes - Reginald Mitchell who designed the Spitfire. It was paid for by the public following an appeal in the Sentinel. The theatre quickly became the main venue for amateur dramatic societies and the home for theatrical youth groups. It also offered performance training including dance, drama workshops and acting classes.
In 2007 with the building in much need of repair, a successful bid was made to the BIG Fund. This allowed the MAC to be restored to and beyond its former glory.
Considerable improvements have been to the MAC making it a modern, light airy cultural venue on three floors with rehearsal areas, several dressing rooms with full facilities including showers, a modern, rubber-floored dance studio, a 317-seat auditorium and two meeting rooms that can be used for a variety of functions.
There is air conditioning in key parts of the building, a lift, full disabled access and CCTV for added safety.
What we do
Flexibility is the key to the MAC and while its use is mainly as a community cultural and creative venue, it is also perfect for business and corporate purposes such as awards ceremonies, seminars, and conferences. With music and dancing licences as well as a fully-licensed bar, the MAC is also ideal for all kinds of entertaining.
Once again, the MAC will play a huge role in the lives of the community it serves.
We’re looking for volunteers, artists and performing arts groups and sponsors.
Please contact us if you can support us in any way.
Mitchell Memorial Youth Arts Centre Ltd (MAC )
Mitchell Memorial Youth Arts Centre is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.
Charity No. 1138139
Company Registered in England and Wales - Company No. 06418190