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Return of the mac... in 2009.

Byline: By Tony Collins

ONE of Birmingham's premier theatre and entertainment venues signed off in style ahead of a refurbishment that will result in its closure for 18 months.

The mac, in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, is to undergo a pounds 13.6 million facelift that will include a new three-storey gallery.

It is due to reopen in autumn 2009, with other improvements including a new performing arts studio with room for 150, a refitted main theatre, and refurbished toilets, bar and cafe.

The mac closed at 6.30pm yesterday at the end of two days of free events involving film screenings, street theatre and puppetry shows.

Nearly 200 people will lose their jobs, although managers said it was hoped that staff would return to work once the building has been transformed.

The mac's Helen Annetts said: "We decided to make the final weekend a riot of festival events, many of them free, to enable lots of people to take away another happy memory of the place."

About 1,000 people turned up for the final day.

Entertaining the children throughout the day was The Flying Buttresses, an interactive puppetry show which went out and about among the crowds.

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