Midland Theatre

1228 Main Street,
Kansas City, MO 64105

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Infanma
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.

Carlj
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.

Tinseltoes
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

Tinseltoes
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
Tinseltoes on August 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

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

Tinseltoes
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
Tinseltoes on July 23, 2012 at 10:12 am

“Original Elegance Restored!” in this 1965 trade article: 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
Tinseltoes on July 19, 2012 at 11:28 am

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

CSWalczak
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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 18, 2012 at 1:13 am

Here is a paragraph from a January 16, 1926, article about the proposed Midland Theatre in The Reel Journal:

“T. W. Lamb, a New York architect, and Robert C. Boller, of Boller Bros., Kansas City architects, are preparing plans for the big four-story movie palace and office building. Contracts for the construction will be let as soon as plans are finished, it has been announced.”
As finally built, the theater portion of the project was six floors, rather than four, and the adjacent office tower had twelve floors.

It’s noted in the description on this page that the Midland Theatre cost $4,000,000 to build in 1926-27. The theater was indeed large and lavish, but I don’t think it accounted for the entire budget. The twelve story Midland Building at the back end of the theater has about three times the floor space of the theater portion of the project, and probably consumed at least half of that $4,000,000 construction cost.

Here is a 1927 photo showing the office building and theater under construction, taken from the office building end of the project.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Some of the best pictures on CT,thanks.

InesitadaSilva
InesitadaSilva on December 30, 2010 at 7:36 am

The poster I’d like to share with you here View link was for a show which took place in the Loew’s Midland Theater I suspect in 1929. The back of the ad promotes a film called “The Taming of the Shrew” which featured Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. It was released on 30 Nov, 1929. I guess the show then was about the same time.

I’d have a couple of questions in relation, and would welcome your thoughts.

First, it says ‘our opening show.’ Would I be right to assume this does not mean the opening show of the theatre itself (which according to the above would have to be 1927) but rather means one of the following: the first vaudeville show in the theatre or the opening show of the Six Rockets at this theatre. In case of the latter, would that mean they’d perform a run of shows? If yes, appx. how many would be a reasonable estimate? I should add, the Rockets includes my grandmother and her sister (bottom left and bottom right respectively who by this time had been on the road since mid-1928!

Second, are all the original schedules of the theatre archived anywhere?

Many thanks in advance for any comments! Warm wishes and season’s greetings!

John Fink
John Fink on June 26, 2010 at 10:48 am

I found this, not sure if anyone else has posted it, but this an interesting bit about the theater under Durwood’s ownership from 1965:
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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 11, 2009 at 9:48 am

Great slideshow kcfan, loved the this is not an exit sign.Hard to believe that this was a bowling alley for a while.

kcfan
kcfan on November 10, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Check out my recent photos of the Midland while attending the Leonard Cohen Concert November 9th. Leonard sailed through three hours like someone half his age, but with an effortless grace that only comes from living a life full and rich. And oh…that velvet voice. A perfect evening in a heavenly place! Enjoy.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kcfan/4093327507/

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 3, 2009 at 12:33 am

ziggy (Sept 16 comment above) is correct. The Midland is far too ornate to be considered Adam in style. It looks like a hybrid French-Italian interior with a Renaissance Revival exterior.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 2, 2009 at 6:43 pm

I think its great another old Loews is is still there and being used today. Why do we keep tearing down all the cool stuff and building condos, Thats right I know $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Ziggy
Ziggy on September 16, 2009 at 7:34 am

I just realized that the style for this theatre is listed as “Adam”. It needs to be changed to “French” or “French Baroque” since this theatre is definitely NOT Adam. I think the Midland was Thomas Lamb’s first foray into the French styles.

seymourcox
seymourcox on September 15, 2009 at 12:33 pm

This fun web-site has details on the Midland Theatre -
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kcfan
kcfan on June 11, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Wow Warren G.,

I had no idea this ranting ideologue had taken the stage at our fabulous Midland. Next time I’m there, I’ll be sure to sprinkle a little holy water around the place. Just kidding. Only fair…..Bill Maher played just weeks earlier. Ah the glory of free speech. I’d rather see The Ten Commandments to get my fix of holier than thou, righteous indignation. Too bad the photo didn’t better show off the beautiful boxes and loge. Could have been the glare from all those white faces.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 6, 2009 at 7:44 am

A photo and article about Glenn Beck performing at the Midland can be found at View link

kcfan
kcfan on May 25, 2009 at 4:42 pm

The Midland curently ranks third largest among the remaining movie palaces designed by Lamb in the U.S.— the others being loews’s Palace in Bridgeport, CT and Loew’s Metropolitan in Brooklyn, NY. Kansas City should feel honored to have such a grand example of his work, mostly unaltered even after the recent renovations.

kcfan
kcfan on May 21, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Hopefully this link will take you to some great interior shots of the Midland. The pics by Sean O. are best. Enjoy.

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kcfan
kcfan on February 24, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Here are a couple of shots of the chandeliers in the lobby. I hope to add better shots of the interior some day soon. Take a look at my other KC theaters in this set of photos on Flickr.

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