Tower Theatre

1007 University Avenue,
Lubbock, TX 79401

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Tower Theatre

The Tower Theatre opened August 22, 1940 with Deanna Durbin in “It’s a Date”. It was located on University Avenue (College Avenue at the time of opening) and was owned by Lubbock Theatres, Inc. It was directly across from Texas Tech University. It was one of the many theatres that were located on or right off Broadway. The single screen Tower closed in 1964.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber/Don Lewis

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seymourcox on August 28, 2007 at 5:35 pm

There are nice 1940 Grand Opening photos on below site. Type in word “plaza”, then hit search,
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seymourcox on August 28, 2007 at 5:37 pm

Correction; to view Tower Theater 1940 photos, type in word “tower” on above site.

irpworks on August 29, 2007 at 3:24 am

Many Lubbock theaters shown. El Capitan; Plaza; Clifton; Lindsey; Cactus; Westerner Drive-In; Corral; Broadway; Midway; Plains Drive-In; Arnett-Benson; Arcadia.

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From the drop-down box choose: Buildings-Commercial-Movie Theaters

Search theatre and drive-in and there are other arial shots of other drive-ins, etc.

kencmcintyre on December 24, 2008 at 2:34 pm

There is an opening day ad in this 1940 newspaper:

purpleplay on April 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

In the 1950s the Tower was a second-run theater, often showing double features. If you missed a movie at the Lindsey, State, Arnett-Benson, or the Village after usually only a one-week run, you could catch it at the Tower, and at reduced prices, too. Fifteen cents if you were under 12, which I was!

rivest266 on June 13, 2015 at 6:12 pm

August 22nd, 1940 grand opening ad in photo section

dadwarbucks on May 21, 2016 at 11:47 am

It was chosen for the opening road show engagement of West Side Story in Lubbock. Played there for many months.

50sSNIPES on July 24, 2021 at 5:27 pm

The Tower Theatre opened with Deanna Durbin in “It’s A Date”, along with a sidewalk broadcast over KFYO-AM 790 (now 790 AM and 95.1 FM), a broadcast from stage of Bernie Howell at the Hammond, an introduction of guests of honor on the main stage, an unnamed short subject and a feature program.

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