Continental Fine Arts Cinema

1805 Broadway,
Lubbock, TX 79401

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Continental Fine Arts Cinema

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Opened as the Midway Theatre in 1940. In the early-1960s we would sneak into the Midway Theatre to see adult movies which were very tame compared to today’s fare. It was renamed Continental Fine Arts Cinema from October 28, 1964. It was renamed Bijou Theatre from November 24, 1976. It closed in 1977 and was converted into an apartment building which is currently in use.

Contributed by Don lewis

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William on October 12, 2006 at 8:31 am

The Midway Theatre was listed as seating 500 people.

irpworks on August 29, 2007 at 3:22 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.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 30, 2007 at 9:35 pm

B&W photo of the MIDWAY courtesy of the Texas Tech Library.

Probably taken around 1940.

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irpworks on July 20, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Photo at this new story in the Lubbock paper:

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 20, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Thanks for posting above link Robert!


purpleplay on April 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

The Midway was a favorite with the Tech student crowd in the 1940s, according to my mother anyway. It was ‘midway’ between Tech and downtown. Beginning in the 1950s it changed names quite a few times—the Centre Theatre, the Gay Nineties, the Tejas, and finally the Varsity. I may have even missed a few names. When I was in college in the 60s, the theater had a deal with Tech to show foreign film festivals (like Ingmar Bergman films) and other ‘art’ and historical films to supplement some of the classes at Tech.

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