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The Midland Theatre

November 17th, 2022

Among Kansas City’s finest places to stay, the Kansas City Downtown Marriott Hotel is near the Power and Light District, an extensive entertainment and dining area, and near the Sprint Center, an arena featuring a wide variety of concerts and other events. The Kansas City Marriott is also an American Royal hotel, providing easy access to the annual livestock show, rodeo and equestrian show held each year in September, October and November.

Among the attractions of downtown Kansas City are its historic structures, such as the Power and Light Building, Union Station, Municipal Auditorium and the Midland Theatre. The Midland is a 3,573-seat theater in the Power & Light District, now owned by AMC Theatres.

Completed in 1927 and costing $4 million – large sum in those days – the Midland Theatre remains the largest historic theater for 250 miles around. New York and Kansas City architects designed it, and the interior features the French and Italian Baroque style that was characteristic of once of its architects, Thomas W. Lamb.

The theater’s exterior follows the Renaissance Revival style, with engaged pilaster, leaves, flowers and winged figures decorating cream glazed terra cotta brick. Above the copper and gold marquee, containing 3,600 light bulbs, rises a four-story arched window.

Recognized for its half-million feet of gold leaf, beautiful wood and plaster work and huge Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers, the Loew’s Midland, as it was known at the time, housed a Robert-Morgan theatre pipe organ, which was in use until after World War I. The arrival of talking motion pictures made it obsolete, along with the stage shows that had been popular before the rise of “talkies.” Today, the organ can still be seen in the Kansas City Music Hall, just a few blocks away in Municipal Auditorium.

In 1966, AMC Theatres bought the Midland and operated it as a movie theater. Since 1981, it returned to its former use as a venue for stage plays and also hosted concerts, ballet and other events. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.