Midland Theater

212 W. 8th Street,
Coffeyville, KS 67337

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RSM3853
RSM3853 on March 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

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

RoadsideArchitecture.com
RoadsideArchitecture.com on February 4, 2011 at 7:41 am

Here’s a photo from this summer — with the new real or faux? marbled stained glass windows:
http://www.agilitynut.com/10/9/cofmid.jpg

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 15, 2010 at 12:29 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.

DonLewis
DonLewis on February 26, 2009 at 11:52 am

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!)

Don…

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2009 at 8:14 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2009 at 7:02 pm

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.

DonLewis
DonLewis on August 16, 2008 at 1:55 pm

A 1983 Midland Theater movie calendar here.

“Movie calendar courtesy of the public domain”

clalexander35
clalexander35 on June 12, 2008 at 12:18 pm

I know this might make me sound old,But as a boy I worked for John Tackett on his ranch out South east of Coffeyville,We became very good friends and he would take me to his house a lot where we would eat,visit,and he had pleanty of stories he could tell about the Daltons Etc.Of course I had it made going to the old Tackett theater,Then later on I got to knoe Mr.Tal and his family when they started running the Midland and Tals Drive After a couple years in the Army in Germany I came back and married a wonderfull girl from Caney,We spent 25 years in Nashville working with the music people Now we spend most of our time in South Fl.when not in Tn.Mr Tackett died March 31st.1956 and I sure wish I had a copy of what the Journal printed about him at that time,If someone would e-mail me a copy I would shore be thankfull.Old Coffeyville Buddy
Charles L.Alexander

owlhen
owlhen on May 17, 2008 at 7:31 pm

As of 1997, this theater was still showing first run films and was run by the original(?) owner and her daughter. The owner, although elderly and disabled, still greeted customers in a smart dress suit and full make-up!

Lovely little beaux arts lobby, Hollywood baroque carpet. Sadly, in the mid to late 90s the balcony was off limits and unsafe and there was such bad water and mold damage to the ceiling and walls that it made movie-going almost unbearable.

Once I exited out the back of the auditorium by the stage and saw behind the screen – lots of rigging and plenty of stage room for vaudeville performances in the past. Also lots of old lobby cards, some from 1960’s Steve McQueen features.

claydoh77
claydoh77 on February 9, 2005 at 12:03 pm

Here is a link to a 1998 article about the restoration of this theatre:
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wraith
wraith on March 31, 2004 at 4:16 pm

My information states that the Midland to could seat up to 1200 people.

William
William on December 5, 2003 at 7:19 am

The Midland Theatre seated 959 people.