Midland Theatre

1228 Main Street,
Kansas City, MO 64105

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Midland Theatre

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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 theater in Kansas City in its day.

Originaly known as Loew’s Midland Theatre, and part of Marcus Loew’s theater empire, the theater briefly became a bowling venue in 1961 when Loew’s left the theater.

In 1966, American Multi-Cinema bought the theater. 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 in 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.

Contributed by Brooks

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CSWalczak on June 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm

It gets barely a mention in this article, but AMC is giving up control of the Midland to the Cordish Company, its former partner in operating both the Midland the Main Street theaters. It had been previously announced that Cordish had signed an agreement with Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas to operate the Main Street Theater.

Tinseltoes on July 19, 2012 at 11:28 am

Get our your handkerchiefs. This 1962 trade article will make you weep:Boxoffice

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm

This page needs the AKA’s Saxon Theatre and Studio Theatre, per the Boxoffice article Tinseltoes linked to.

Tinseltoes on July 23, 2012 at 10:12 am

“Original Elegance Restored!” in this 1965 trade article: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes on July 24, 2012 at 7:34 am

The Screening Room, a mini-cinema in the Midland building, described in this 1966 trade article: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes on August 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

“Gala Rededication” described in this 1977 trade article: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes on August 27, 2012 at 7:12 am

This 1938 trade article describes the Byam Theatre, which doesn’t seem to be listed at CT under that or any other name. The Byam was located in Fairmount, a suburb of Kansas City: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes on September 4, 2012 at 7:52 am

Can’t find a CT listing for a Southtown Theatre, described in this 1940 article as a “suburban house” in Kansas City, MO: Boxoffice

Carlj on January 19, 2013 at 8:11 am

The Midland no longer shows any movies. It’s main use today is for smaller concerts. They removed all of the seats from the lower level. I remeber seeing The Empire Strikes Back here back in the day.

Infanma on July 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Not sure what it was called, but I remember the VERY small auditorium in what seemed like the basement of the Midland. One of the posted articles mentioned The Screening Room.I’m not sure it was named that, but I saw many movies there, including Midnight Cowboy.

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