Midland Theatre

Fort Dodge, IA 50501

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Midland Theatre...Fort Dodge IA

The Midland Theatre was built in 1900.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm

The Midland Theatre was listed in several issue of Julius Cahn’s Theatrical Guide in the early 1900s. It was a ground-floor house of 983 seats.

In 1909, the Midland was included on a list of theater fires that had occurred so far that year, published in the August 18 issue of The Insurance Press The Midland Theatre fire had taken place on February 1, and had resulted in a loss estimated at $50,000.

There are postcards dated “circa 1910” on various Internet sites that show the Midland Theatre, but I’ve been unable to discover whether or not the house was actually rebuilt following the 1909 fire.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 13, 2013 at 11:30 am

According to a document prepared for the NRHP covering the history of Iowa opera houses from 1835 to 1940, the Midland Theatre was one of two Iowa houses designed by a St. Louis architect named George Johnston. He also designed the Grand Opera House at Muscatine, built around 1903. I’ve been unable to find any other information about George Johnston on the Internet.

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