This ornate theatre first opened in October of 1927 as The Midland and was initially built to be one of the largest movie palaces in the Midwest. Designed in French and Italian Baroque style, the theatre has preserved much of its original design with its hand-cut crystal chandeliers and 5,000 feet of gold leaf. These days the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland presents popular shows and world-renowned artists including Thom Yorke, Steve Aoki, Smashing Pumpkins, John Mellencamp, Dancing with the Stars, and Sesame Street Live, among many others.
While the audience enjoys the theatre's historic decor, a 2008 renovation means they also will experience state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting. The venue can accommodate from 1,300 to 3,000 music fans for concerts. Depending on the show, seating may be general admission, reserved seats, or a combination of the two. For most shows, you can purchase a Chandelier Bar general admission, standing-only ticket that offers access to a circular viewing area on the top floor and a private bar surrounding an enormous chandelier. In 2018, the theater was nominated for "Theatre of the Year" Award by Pollstar, a trade publication for the concert industry. The venue has welcomed one million guests into its space.
Indie on Main, a music-centric bar located right next door to the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, gives guests a chance to lounge around, chat, and grab a few drinks before or after the show. The bar is home to an all-day happy hour, lounge-style seating, an Indie House Party with guest DJs on Thursday, and karaoke on Friday and Saturday.
Indie on Main opens an hour before show doors open. Once doors open to the public, ticket holders inside the bar get express entry into the theatre. Don't worry, guests don't need to see a show to enjoy the bar. On non-show nights, the bar is open at 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (closing time is approximately 3 a.m.).
In the 1920s, the Midland Theatre was designed to showcase both silent films and live stage entertainment of the era. The theatre was the third-largest in the country, with only the Roxy and Capitol Theatres in New York City surpassing it.
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