State Theater

1316 Texas Avenue,
Lubbock, TX 79401

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State Theater ... Lubbock Texas

The State Theatre was opened December 15, 1946. It was closed in 1979.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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irpworks on August 29, 2007 at 8:02 pm

A Great photo of the State is here:

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 29, 2008 at 4:11 pm

A 1972 movie poster from the State Theater in Lubbock advertising a double feature with Bill Cosby and Robert Culp in “Hickey and Boggs” and Lee Van Cleef in “Return of Sabata” here. Poster submitted courtesy of Billy Smith.

shellygonzales on March 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm

This is no longer just a brick building. It has been transformed. Read about it and see photos in the May/June 2011 issue of Lubbock Magazine. The issue will be on newsstands at the end of April, or you can call 806-766-8792.

matt54 on July 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm

The actual location of the State is next door to the building in the photo at the top of this page. Check the link to a google maps view of 1316 Texas Avenue on my flickr page, and compare it to lostmemory’s Photo 2 link above.

matt54 on July 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm

By the way, this is the theatre where Buddy Holly saw “The Searchers” in 1956, the movie from which he borrowed John Wayne’s catchphrase “That’ll be the day!” to write his famous song of the same name.

Robert Verkler
Robert Verkler on March 30, 2012 at 11:48 am

I started as a projectionist at the State in 1970. All newly trained projectionist usuall started at the State. I believe the first movie I showed was Kelly’s Heros. Went on to work the Village and Arnett Benson.

Robert Verkler
Robert Verkler on November 5, 2014 at 4:04 am

I was the projectionist at the State in 1970 before moving on to the Arrnett Benson and none of the movies I showed while there were Spanish language.

rivest266 on June 13, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Grand opening ad in photo section.

txdomino on May 29, 2016 at 3:54 am

If you go by there now, all that’s left is the lower half of the facade. The side windows have been stuccoed over, planters added where the entry doors were, the box office removed and a steel door added. There’s a courtyard behind it.

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