Midway Theatre

453 SW Coast Highway,
Newport, OR 97365

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Midway Theatre

This single-screen theater closed in 1992 but was restored from 1996 to 1998, when it reopened as a mixed-use venue for retail, an art gallery, wine tastings, live theater and concerts called the Ark Historical Theatre and Art Gallery. It is currently for sale.

Contributed by Sandra, Louise-Annette Burgess

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Sandra on July 31, 2004 at 6:24 pm

Update on the Midway Theater:
This theater was awaiting the wrecking ball when we purchased it in l996. After two years of restoration and renovation it was opened again in 1998. This historical venue is now known as the “Jewel of the Oregon Coast”. The art deco architectural integrity of the building has been maintained. The use of the building has been expanded to include a retail antique store (showing silent movies), art gallery, wine tasting, concerts, live stage theater, and wine tasting. The name of the building has been changed to The Ark. Sadly, we are in the process of selling this awsome building. If you are interested please go to the internet site “LoopNet” and look up the listing for “The Ark Historical Theatre and Art Gallery”.

If you would like more information about theater restoration e-mail Sandy at

ion go to LoopNet and find The Ark Historical Theatre and Art Gallery.

sdoerr on August 3, 2004 at 8:38 am

Ou of curiousity, how many seats does it hold?

GaryParks on April 15, 2007 at 7:16 pm

I saw and photographed the exterior of this cute, turquoise-hued deco ziggurat-facaded theatre last week. It is still called The Ark, and appears to still be functioning. I could see into the homey lobby, likewise painted turquoise, and see that clearly, the building is occupied by people for whom aesthetics and charm matter. Here’s hoping it continues.

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