Midland Theatre

212 W. 8th Street,
Coffeyville, KS 67337

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Midland Theatre

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The New Tackett Theatre was opened in 1928. The New Tackett Theatre was renamed Midland Theatre in 1929 when it was taken over by Fox Theatres. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Contributed by Paul Salley

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 17, 2008 at 12:55 am

A 1983 Midland Theater movie calendar here.

“Movie calendar courtesy of the public domain”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 15, 2009 at 5:02 am

Here is a pdf file of the National Register of Historic Places nomination form for the Midland Theater. It contains a detailed description of the theater and a few small black and white photos. There’s also additional information about John Tackett and Coffeyville.

Among pertinent bits from the form: The house came under Fox Theatres management less than a year after it opened, and that’s when the name was changed; Fox continued to operate the Midland until 1960; in 1960 the theater was sold to Talmadge (“Tal”) and Pearl Richardson; “Tal” Richardson died in 1976, and Pearl continued to run the Midland until her death in 1998; the city of Coffeyville purchased the building after Pearl Richardson died.

During the Fox era, the organ (the form says it was a “Wicks nine-manual” but they must have meant nine rank) was sold, the orchestra pit filled with concrete, the box seats were removed and total seating capacity reduced (it originally had 1200 seats), and the chandeliers were removed. A concession stand was also added. The building originally contained a 25'x50' ballroom on the second floor front, with access via doors to the theatre’s mezzanine lobby. The ballroom was divided into office space during the Fox period.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 15, 2009 at 6:14 am

Plus, the Midland Theatre Foundation now has an official web site.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on February 26, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Hey Chuck. I see this is another one of many that you had photos of.
Did you loose all your files ( I certainly hope not!)


Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 15, 2010 at 11:29 am

The official web site of the Midland Theater Foundation is still in operation.

The original name of the house, the New Tackett Theatre, and the name of the architect, Clare A. Henderson, still need to be added.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 15, 2010 at 11:01 pm

OWLHEN,you should have grabed those Steve Mcqueen lobby cards Bet they are in the city dump today. Gotta save history.

RoadsideArchitecture.com on February 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Here’s a photo from this summer — with the new real or faux? marbled stained glass windows:

RSM3853 on March 7, 2012 at 12:49 am

There are mailers/schedules from this theater on sale on Ebay today – 3/6/2012.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on May 7, 2015 at 4:21 am

Tal’s Midland Theatre should be added as a previous name

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