Midwest Theatre

16 N. Harvey Avenue,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Previously operated by: Stanley-Warner Theatres, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson

Styles: Atmospheric, Spanish Renaissance

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Midwest Theater, Oklahoma City, 1962

The Midwest Theatre opened August 1, 1930 with Richard Barthelmess in “The Dawn Patrol”. Seating was provided for 1,700 and it was equipped with a Wurlitzer theatre organ. It was operated by Warner Brothers Theatres. The architect was John Eberson who designed the auditorium in a Spanish Renaissance/Atmospheric style. Publicity at the time of opening also credited M.C. McKee as the designer of the the theatre. In 1947 the World Premiere of “Black Gold” was held at the theatre with the star of the movie Anthony Quinn making a personal appearance. On December 1, 1960 the World Premiere of “Cimarron” starring Glenn Ford was held at the Midwest Theatre.

Following a period of playing X-Rated porn movies, the Midwest Theatre closed in 1975 and was demolished in 1976. A parking garage now stands on the site.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Cimarron on March 22, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Midwest Theater Architect, Designer John Eberson’s information added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on September 2, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Pic of Midwest’s stage being outfitted with latest sound componet system of it’s time added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on September 5, 2014 at 11:34 pm

1970 street view on N Harvey showing Midwest in pic by Jeff Chapman added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on November 27, 2015 at 11:12 pm

“Never On Sunday” Playing at Midwest Theatre in Sept. / Oct. 1960 which featured Melanie Mercouri, playing a Prostitue with the next movie playing was Butterfield 8, starring Elizabeth Taylor, a part time call girl…Was playing when I began as an Usher.. Ironic as the first run followed with high gross features like Cimarron, Longest Day, etc and ended life X rated porn features in the mid 70’s..Sad ending for a grand theatre..See ad pic’s of above in Photo Section.

Cimarron on May 31, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Photo of Maria Schell & Anne Baxter, Cimarron Premiere added to pic. section.

Cimarron on June 8, 2016 at 8:26 pm

Photo of Midwest just prior to grand opening in 1930 added to pic. section.

Cimarron on June 8, 2016 at 8:33 pm

Photo of Midwest Theatre grand opening nite 1930 showing of “The Dawn Patrol” added to pic section.

Cimarron on June 18, 2016 at 4:42 pm

Pic of Midwest playing “Pardners” added to photo section.

Cimarron on September 27, 2016 at 11:33 pm

3 Pictures added to photo section are of statues that were removed and sold prior to Midwest demolished.

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