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Don Lewis
Don Lewis commented about Rig Theater on Jan 30, 2005 at 9:18 am

Hello howell. I should have mentioned 15-20 years ago was the first and last time I saw the Rig. I am unsure if the Cinema Tour pictures were taken or posted in 2003, but it doesnt look like a lot has changed. I did notice one more red star missing from the front of the building in their pictures. A 2000 census reports a population of 3565. If the Rig is still standing, I suspect it remains empty. As with most of the old cinemas, a person would be trespassing to enter without permission. I did not get a look inside.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis commented about Georgetown Palace Theater on Jan 27, 2005 at 2:35 pm

Plagiarism???…..Personal experience tells me that Charles Van Bibber is a walking reference book of movie theater trivia, info and pictures!!

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Don Lewis commented about Winchester Twin Theatre on Jan 22, 2005 at 7:06 pm

Me too…..!!

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Don Lewis commented about Mack Theater on Jan 20, 2005 at 10:19 am

Please update the MACK description…….

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Don Lewis commented about Fox Theatre on Jan 20, 2005 at 10:00 am

I photographed the FOX and was able to take a look through the doors in late December (2004).

It looks like they are doing a total and complete restoration and a wonderful job!

Don Lewis
Don Lewis commented about Casa Linda Theatre on Jan 20, 2005 at 7:28 am

Please pardon me Mr Marquess…..but I cannot figure out what you are trying to say……………..Would mind restating the comment above?

Don Lewis
Don Lewis commented about Casa Linda Theatre on Jan 20, 2005 at 6:23 am

R.L. Marquess…….what are you trying to say..!!?? You lost me on the first sentence.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis commented about Fort Worth Twin Drive-In on Jan 18, 2005 at 7:20 pm

I have been driving by the Twin Towers for 8 years and just discovered another drive in directly north accross Interstate 30. The screen is still standing along with a painted over marquee. It seems to be serving as a construction company yard. Anyone out there know the name?

Don Lewis
Don Lewis commented about Theater Hopper on Jan 14, 2005 at 6:22 am

Is this as funny as it gets…..?

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Don Lewis commented about El Portal Theatre on Jan 4, 2005 at 9:16 pm

The address for the El Portal is 310 Fremont Street.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis commented about Happy New Year! on Dec 31, 2004 at 7:28 pm

You could “thank us enough” with the re-introduction of the add a photo option. I think a picture of an old cinema is worth a lot more than a thousand words.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis commented about Liberty Theatre on Dec 23, 2004 at 9:27 am

We recently “discovered” Jerome and the Liberty Theater (December 19th 2004) and share your thoughts. It is like a ghost town, but with people, literally built high the side of a mountain. We could not identify any additonal theater sights.

The Liberty is located on highway 89. 110 Jerome Avenue.

I have pictures to share and will email them if you like.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis commented about Mission Theater on Nov 23, 2004 at 9:30 am

Hi Ang and thanks for your comments! I had a feeling that Sulphur Springs had been a thriving town at one time. I was sad about the Mission for more than one reason, I lost pictures on my hard drive and had gone back for more when I found that it was gone. Do you know anything about the Hi Vue drive in?

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Don Lewis commented about Casa Linda Theatre on Nov 10, 2004 at 7:22 pm

I too saw the article in the Dallas Morning News regarding the purported sale of the Casa Linda. What kind of “investment group” if any, would make a purchase like this without a contractual agreement enabling them to make the necessary repairs? I suspect the management would more than welcome a genuine effort toward refurbishing the theater.

I passed by the theater Sunday, November 7th. The exterior is pretty much in tact. The dead pigeons have been removed from the lobby, but it is still trashed!! The is still an AVAILABLE sign and phone number posted in a front window glass.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis commented about Lyceum Theatre on Oct 26, 2004 at 9:32 am

Hello Bryan. I was wondering if you had visited Clovis and whether or not the STATE THEATER is still standing. Did you happen to note its street address?

Thanks………

Don Lewis

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Don Lewis commented about State Theater on Sep 9, 2004 at 8:58 pm

Hello Sherry. Thanks for your comment. Lubbock was home for 27 years and I have lots of theater pictures, but not the State. If Charles VanBibber responds, he will be your best bet. He has an incredible amount of theater info. Do you have any history on the State and do you mind naming your father in law? You can click on my name in the above comment if you wish to e-mail.

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Don Lewis commented about Mission Theater on Sep 3, 2004 at 11:28 am

Thanks for comming through again Charles!

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Don Lewis commented about Mission Theater on Sep 2, 2004 at 8:15 pm

Come on Seth, didn’t you see any redeeming qualities? Off the interstate, clean air, quiet. I agree about the court house and you would have liked the HI-VUE.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis commented about Varsity Theater on Sep 2, 2004 at 8:10 pm

There are a lot of us that miss them too, Jack. Thanks for sharing this one!

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Don Lewis commented about Berry Theatre on Sep 2, 2004 at 6:36 am

Thanks Charles. I am sure your address is the exact one. I had to make an educated guess according to my pictures which caught a street sign. Your description confirms my suspicion about the past elegance of the BERRY. I can almost smell the popcorn now.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis commented about Gem Theatre on Aug 26, 2004 at 1:29 pm

Good one Seth! You have really gotten around. Keep up the good work.

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Don Lewis commented about Lindsey Theatre on Aug 26, 2004 at 1:25 pm

Correct again, Charles, corner of Main and Avenue J. ( I have a photo showing the Ave J. side of a street sign) and thought it was either Main or Broadway. Thanks.

I totally agree Seth, at one time Lubbock had at least 8-10 walkins and 6 drive-ins that I know of. I’ll bet Charles can name them! You would have liked the LINDSEY.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis commented about State Theater on Aug 26, 2004 at 1:14 pm

Thanks Charles, thought I had finally stumped you! Please share a little info on yourself. How have you gathered so many exact addresses etc, age, area, occupation???

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Don Lewis commented about Rio Theatre on Aug 24, 2004 at 12:26 pm

Yes, that is it. The building next door was a post office and then a city jail. The other theaters were the Rialto and the Regal. The Rialto is hanging on as some sort of live venue. Last but not least was the Rustic drive-in theater, now demolished. I recently posted all of these. “Pretty dead” is an accurate description although times were much better for Brownfield in the 40s, 50s and 60s.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis commented about Winchester Twin Theatre on Aug 5, 2004 at 6:42 pm

To dujac. Lubbock has done very poorly on saving but one (the Cactus) of its previously numerous theaters and drive ins. The only theater that I can remember at 66th and University was the Horse Shoe drive in, now long gone along with these drive ins, Circle, Corral and (Red?) Raider. There was a “fine arts” drive in that I cannot recall the name of. They now have a new drive in, the Stars and Stripes.
There were numerous theaters, I can only name a few, now all gone, the Lindsey (downtown), State on Texas Avenue and one on University Avenue that may hve been the Varsity. Hope this helps.