Midland Theatre

212 W. 8th Street,
Coffeyville, KS 67337

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Previously operated by: Fox Midwest Theatres

Architects: Clare A. Henderson

Styles: Spanish Colonial

Previous Names: New Tackett Theatre, Tal's Midland Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 901.501.6832

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Midland Theatre

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 Midwest Theatres. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Contributed by Paul Salley

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clalexander35 on June 12, 2008 at 3:18 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

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 16, 2008 at 4:55 pm

A 1983 Midland Theater movie calendar here.

“Movie calendar courtesy of the public domain”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2009 at 9:02 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.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on February 26, 2009 at 1:52 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!)


Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 15, 2010 at 3:01 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 9:41 am

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

RSM3853 on March 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm

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 6, 2015 at 8:21 pm

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

DavidZornig on June 21, 2020 at 10:55 am

I’ve found photos and reference to a Rex Theatre in Coffeyville. African-American chain theatre built in 1939 that is still standing, I’ll set up a page when I narrow down an address. If anyone knows it please post here.

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