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Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

1228 Main Street

AEG Live, The Cordish Company and Arvest Bank announced today that the bank has acquired a multi-year naming rights partnership to the historic Midland Theatre. This announcement coincides with the celebration of the venue's fifth anniversary since the theatre's re-launch in September 2008.  

In 2007, AEG Live and The Cordish Company formed a partnership to undertake a multi-million dollar renovation of the historic venue. Since its re-opening in late 2008, the AEG Live-managed Midland Theatre has hosted more than 600 events, welcomed 500,000+ guests, and has become a "must play" venue for touring artists every year.

"On behalf of the entire AEG Live organization, we are thrilled to partner with Arvest Bank," said AEG Live's Senior Vice-President Joe Litvag. "We're particularly excited to align with a company with roots in the Midwest that is built on customer satisfaction, a stellar reputation among consumers, and an unwavering commitment to community."

Located in downtown Kansas City in the Power & Light District, the original Midland Theatre opened in 1927 and has hosted well-known artists throughout its history. Under the new name, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, the venue will continue that tradition and is projected to host more than 125 concerts, family shows, awards shows, corporate and charitable events each year. The venue officially becomes the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland on Friday, September 13, 2013, for the Jim Breuer performance. 

"Arvest Bank is proud to partner with AEG Live and Cordish by becoming the naming rights partner of the iconic Midland Theatre," said Mark Larrabee, President and CEO of Arvest Bank in Greater Kansas City. "As a bank that fosters a thriving community, this partnership will facilitate the tradition of the Midland as a gathering place to enjoy cultural events of all genres in Kansas City. Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland is a new name for an established cornerstone of our community and the downtown revitalization." 

The Midland features flexible seating configurations from standing to theatre-style to full banquet seating, with live-show capacity ranging from 1300-3000. The venue features state-of-the-art sound, lighting and amenities that enhance the historic ambiance providing a premium entertainment experience to guests. In addition to live concerts and events, the theatre hosts corporate events, wedding receptions and private parties.



Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Every experience I've had has been solid. I've seen Above and Beyond, Passion Pit, the Buzz Christmas Shows, Of Monsters and Men, Piano Guys, and many more over the years. The bands are great for Kansas City. It has that awesome theatre look. If you are 21+ you are able to bypass the line if you go through the Indie Bar. I just recently discovered the VIP lounge, which was only $25. The drinks are really cheap up there, and it gives you a nice view of Kansas City. I will be using VIP every time I visit this venue.

Joey Little

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Our latest experience with the Midland Theater was like a large trailer park canceled a big dance on free propane tank fill up night and everyone decided to go see comedy at the Midland instead on 1/2 price Groupon tickets. I have only been to the Midland twice. Once for a private event, which was awesome and the venue was great. But recently I attended a comedy show. The seats were extremely uncomfortable. The ushers were helpful but seemed to have no sense of self awareness by helping the extremely late attendees right in the middle of the isles disrupting the view for everyone behind them. The sounds of the bar inside the actual theater was extremely loud even though we were sitting a good 50 ft away from it. Most of the noise coming from the two bartenders speaking at full volume to each other about whatever the hell was so interesting. The crowd just as bad. People up and down, up and down, up and down, for 2 hours walking to the bar to get more drinks. There were just so many distractions at the Midland. We will be avoiding all other activities at the Midland in the future unless its a private event.

Jennifer Reid

Saturday, June 9, 2018
I've been attending events at the Midland since the 1980s. It is a beautiful theater. I'm so thankful that this beautiful site has been saved. It used to be there wasn't a bad seat in the house. I attended the Brit Floyd performance last night. I love them. Have seen them at the Midland numerous times now. Since the venue has had the carpeting and permanent seating removed to accommodate different types of entertainment, it is just like many other venues in that they attempt to see how many people they can cram into the auditorium. You cannot comfortably sit with both arms at your sides. Also you can barely squeeze through the seating to get to inner seats, if others happen to arrive before you. Finally, and the worst part of last night's festivities, it was ridiculously hot in the theater. Hot, to the point that you couldn't NOT notice it. Sweat was running down the sides of my face, and I had to use my big paper ticket to fan myself through the whole performance. I've experienced stuffy shows there in the past, but usually after the crowd settles down and the doors remain closed for a bit, it cools down, but not last night. Also, the way the chairs are jammed in the auditorium, it's hard to see the entertainers perform. I was very disappointed in this venues treatment of their patrons. I hope Arvest bank remembers what the mission provide an enjoyable experience, in a beautiful theater. Sounds pretty simple.

Christopher Delance

Thursday, March 15, 2018
I have never attended a concert here for fun, but I have worked many. I can honestly say the acoustics in this place are real. And I have enjoyed working every one. This venue is one that you can always feel safe at. And not to mention when you leave the concert, you are 2 blocks away from Power & Light. So that’s awesome. If a band or group you like is coming here, definitely buy a ticket

Sarah Mattie

Monday, March 26, 2018
This is based on the box office alone. I tried to buy online and was greeted with convenience fees of $13 PER TICKET. I called to see if it was cheaper via phone. Nope. I had to drive all the way there, find parking, pay for parking, and buy my ticket in person. Their box office hours are also really limited. I have other shows I would like to see there, but I simply don't have the time to drive the half hour there and back every time I want to buy a ticket--especially since they close so early and aren't open on weekends, according to their site.

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