Midwest Theatre

16 N. Harvey Avenue,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Cimarron on November 27, 2015 at 8:12 pm

“Never On Sunday” Playing at Midwest Theatre in Sept. / Oct. 1960 which featured Melanie Mercouri, playing a Prostitue with the next movie playing was Butterfield 8, starring Elizabeth Taylor, a part time call girl…Was playing when I began as an Usher.. Ironic as the first run followed with high gross features like Cimarron, Longest Day, etc and ended life X rated porn features in the mid 70’s..Sad ending for a grand theatre..See ad pic’s of above in Photo Section.

Cimarron on September 5, 2014 at 8:34 pm

1970 street view on N Harvey showing Midwest in pic by Jeff Chapman added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on September 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Pic of Midwest’s stage being outfitted with latest sound componet system of it’s time added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on March 22, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Midwest Theater Architect, Designer John Eberson’s information added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on March 16, 2014 at 6:55 pm

In 1945, Midwest Theater was the second largest seating capacity in Oklahoma City @ 1600 seats while Warner was largest @ 1950 seats per Film Daily Yearbook.

Cimarron on March 16, 2014 at 12:06 pm

1962 Pic of Midwest Theater Lobby Pro Mo added to Photo Section is Courtesy of Ron Holder.

fandangled on January 20, 2014 at 8:13 pm

The Midwest was really beautiful, loved the atmosphere and decor. A real loss in the name of progress…Thanks for sharing photo’s.

Cimarron on January 14, 2014 at 5:45 pm

1970’s pic added to photo section.

Cimarron on January 11, 2014 at 12:56 pm

World Premiere Pic of Cimarron added to photo section.

Cimarron on January 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Interrior pic added to photo tab section of Midwest.

cowden416 on September 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

I always thought this was the most beautiful movie theater in Oklahoma City. I used to catch the bus from the suburbs with my best friend to get downtown to the Midwest. We would go early, so we could sit in the semi-darkened theater before the movie started and enjoy the “view.” It was designed so that partway up the walls it looked like a stucco garden wall with a sort of Grecian design. Above that and overhead was midnight blue with “stars” sprinkled all over. We would lean back in our seats and feel like we were in another world, feeling so cosmopolitan.

Cimarron on August 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Two additional Photo’s included in Photo Section of demolition.

Cimarron on July 24, 2013 at 9:10 pm

1930 photo of Midwest Theater / Building added to photo section.

Cimarron on April 21, 2013 at 12:12 am

1975 photo of Midwest added to photo tab. Taken shortly before being demolished.

Cimarron on January 18, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Boxoffice feature of Cimarron Premiere @ Midwest added to photo section.

Cimarron on January 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Photo of Midwest’s Auditorium added to photo tab. Agreed, does not look like a traditional Organ but, cannot identify what it could have been.

Cimarron on January 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Chuck R U referring to one of the photo’s of the Oklahoma City, Midwest Theater?

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

Cimarron on November 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Midwest Theater, Oklahoma City, OK. 1930 Grand Opening Film was “The Dawn Patrol” with Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. distributed by Warner’s First National Pictures. Clik photo tab above for Grand Opening ad.

Cimarron on October 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Post of two additional pics. Midwest in process of demolition and view of theater from west side alley. Clik above photo tab for pics.

Cimarron on August 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Just posted photo section print ad of Midwest Theater Grand Opening.

Cimarron on August 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Oklahoma City’s Midwest Theater was the host of two World Premier’s; 1947 Black Gold & 1960 Cimarron. See Photos section above.

Cimarron on July 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Tinseltoes, thanks for the Boxoffice link to the Midwest’s 1960 World Premier of “CIMARRON”. The article and photo’s of the Premier reveals how big of a deal this was for Oklahoma City and Stanley Warner Mgmt. as well as MGM…A really terrific movie 2boot!

hcombs on June 27, 2012 at 9:34 am

Not exactly sure when my Grandfather, R. Lewis Barton, bought the Midwest but it must have been shortly before 1966. I know we raided the old palace of many treasures before it was torn down including a huge square grand piano, lots of plaster statuary, Chinese pots, huge medieval looking chairs,and antique tapestries. I never watched a film there but my dad took me there one day it was closed, I was 13, and I found the upper balcony terrifying because of the very steep slope. We explored the basements and found many old broadsheets that would be worth a fortune today. I had always thought that the Midwest closed in 1966.

Cimarron on April 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Fandangled, I recall the Midwest ran movies from other companies i.e. MGM, Fox as well as Warner Bros. and seem to recall that their Warner Theater in Okla. City did play mostly Warner films. Interesting history.