John Mackintosh Hall

Location: 308 Main Street

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Disabled Access: Yes

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Opening Hours: 9:30am – 10:00pm

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The John Mackintosh Hall located at 308 Main Street was officially opened in April 1964 by Governor General Sir Alfred Dudley Ward. 

The name of the hall pays tribute to Gibraltarian philanthropist John Mackintosh. John Mackintosh was born on the 15th July 1865 at 22 Prince Edward’s Road to father John Mackintosh - a native of Scotland who had settled in Gibraltar to do business as a general merchant, and mother Adelaide Peacock. 

John Mackintosh Jnr grew up to become a prominent and wealthy business man and great benefactor to Gibraltarian society. Throughout his life he always strived to aid the poor, aged and sick. He had a special affinity to help enhance the education of Gibraltarian youth and particularly as stated in his will to promote “the English language, English history and literature.” For this purpose he left in his will in 1938, a bequest to build a place to strengthen the cultural and educational ties between Gibraltar and the UK. 

After his death in 1940, following his wishes his trustees commenced plans for the purpose-built Centre. The chosen location was the site of the old military Grand Stores, which had been damaged by the RFA Bedenham explosion. The architects decided to follow the Mediterranean architectural style and traditions with a series of connected courtyards and the use of trees, shaded areas and fountains to provide relief from the intense Gibraltarian summer heat. 

Today the John Mackintosh Hall is the main cultural Centre in Gibraltar. It is the home of the Gibraltar Cultural Services offices and sees on average over 100 different events in a year within its different facilities. 


The hall is comprised of the following venues:

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Hours: Available from 0900hrs to 2200hrs

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Capacity: 10 -12 (boardroom style seated)

Services/Amenities: Wi-Fi connection facilities,
P.A system,
Microphone,
Projector and mobile screen,
Lectern,
Small flip chart,
Free-standing display boards,
Hot water urn,
Water jugs and glasses,

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Dimensions:

Hours: Available from 0900hrs to 2200hrs

Disabled Access: Available

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Capacity: 100 (seated theatre style)

Services/Amenities: Wi-Fi connection,
TV & DVD facilities,
P.A system,
Microphone,
Projector and mobile screen,
Lectern,
Small flip chart,
'Free standing' display boards,
Hot water urn,
Water jugs and glasses,

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Dimensions: Inner Gallery 8.37m length x 5.38m width,
Outer Gallery 6.20m length x 8.20m width

Hours: Available from 0900hrs to 2200hrs

Disabled Access: Available

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Hours: Available from 0900hrs to 2200hrs

Disabled Access: Available

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Capacity: 50 (seated theatre style)

Services/Amenities: Wi-Fi connection,
TV & DVD,
P.A system,
Microphone,
Projector and mobile screen,
Lectern,
Small flip chart,
'Free standing' display boards,
Hot water urn,
Water jugs and glasses,

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Backstage:

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The John Mackintosh Hall Library, the only public lending library in Gibraltar, holds a central place within the JMH complex and is an essential component of the local society.

In his will John Mackintosh left a specific request for a public library to be incorporated within the proposed cultural centre. The provision of a library was a matter of importance to the Mackintosh family. John Mackintosh’s father had been a member of the Exchange and Commercial committee which had established a library for the civilian population in 1817, in response to the growing civilian’s community protests at being excluded from using the Garrison Library.

Today the current library holds over 10,000 books and is committed to restocking their collection with new volumes every six months. The library has a well-stocked reference section that includes the European Documentation Centre, where you can find all news relating to the E.U. Students have access to most text books used in the GCSE’s and A‘level curricula. Furthermore, you will find a large selection of books by local authors and many publications on Gibraltar, Gibraltar issues, its history, and its most prominent public figures.

The library also provides photocopying services and the free use of computers with access to the internet. There is also a special section dedicated to children and toddlers furnished with bookcases designed for young children and colourful tables and chairs.

Membership is available free of charge to Gibraltar residents upon production of ID card and to non-residents by paying a £20 deposit fee. This deposit is refundable upon cancellation of membership providing no books have been damaged or lost. To become a member please complete the form below and submit to the library staff.

The library now has a digital catalogue, where you can search for books and renew or reserve books online (password required for renewal). To access the catalogue please click on the following link:

Library Catalogue

For more information on the library and the services it provides please contact us on 20078000 or jmhlibrary@culture.gov.gi

Dimensions:

Hours: Available from 0900hrs to 2200hrs

Disabled Access: Available

Fees:

Capacity: 10-12 (seated boardroom style)

Services/Amenities: Wi-Fi connection,
P.A system,
Microphone,
Projector and mobile screen,
Lectern,
Small flip chart,
Free standing display boards,
Hot water urn,
Water jugs and glasses.

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Lighting:

Sound:

Backstage:

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Disabled Access: Available for main Auditorium only

Fees: £100 Deposit,
£75 Dress Rehearsal,
£25 Rehearsals,
£300 Performance per day,

Capacity: 408 (seated),
Upstairs Gallery – 81,
Auditorium – 327,

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Stage: Proscenium arch 3.2m x 7.8m,
Performance area 7.2m width x 5.6m depth,
Wing width 3.6m,
Black tempered hardboard floor,
Ceiling/grid,
Red drawn house curtains; black tab set,
Two sets of steps to auditorium (no disabled access to stage),
Stage extension dimensions Width 8m x Depth 2m,
Black lining curtain for extension,
⃰Please see conditions for stage extensions on booking form.

Lighting: 13 stage lights; 8 front stage lights; 2 working stage light

Sound: A twin broadcast quality CD player, 16 channel audio mixer, stage fold back monitors, 8-way stage patch play, internal communication between backstage and sound/lights booth.

Backstage: 2 large, 3 small, dressing rooms each accommodating 25+

Additional: A medium grand piano is available on the auditorium floor