September 4th, 2013

Arvest Bank buys naming rights to Midland Theatre

By Kevin Collison
Kansas City Star

Arvest Bank has bought the naming rights to the historic Midland Theatre, marking the final departure of the AMC name from downtown Kansas City.  The 3,000-seat theater at 1228 Main St. opened in 1927 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was renovated in 2008 at a cost of $28 million by a joint venture between the Cordish Co. and AMC Entertainment.

The same venture also renovated the nearby Empire Theater. The Midland was reopened as the Midland by AMC, and the Empire was reopened as AMC Mainstreet. Last year however, the partnership between AMC and Cordish was dissolved.

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