Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
1228 Main Street,
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This large movie palace was designed by Thomas W. Lamb in 1927. It originally seated over 3,573 patrons and was built for a staggering $4 million — quite an amount for a theatre in Kansas City in its day.
Originaly known as Loew’s Midland Theatre, and part of Marcus Loew’s theatre empire, the theatre briefly became a bowling venue in 1961 when Loew’s left the theatre.
In 1966, American Multi-Cinema bought the theatre. A company known then for its innovations with smaller, twinned theaters now operated one of the largest movie palaces on earth.
The renamed Midland Theatre was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1977 and stopped showing movies September 24, 1981 when it became a venue for stage shows, concerts, and other peforming arts.
It remains one of the grandest movie palaces ever built in the United States and a testament to the heralded work of Thomas Lamb.
It was closed on May 13, 2006 for a major refurbishment, re-opening on September 9, 2008. By October 2016 it was known as the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.
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