Clifton Theater

1016 Main Street,
Lubbock, TX 79401

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Clifton Theater

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Originally opened as the Palace Theater on December 15, 1924. In the early-1950’s it was given a ‘Modernistic’ make-over and re-opened as the Clifton Theater.

It specialized in horror movies in the 1950’s and 1960’s, it was located near the Lindsey Theater in old downtown Lubbock. The Clifton Theater was closed August 29, 1959 and demolition began the following month.

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webfox
webfox on June 2, 2005 at 10:56 pm

I saw “RODAN the FLYING MONSTER” at the Clifton. It was a grand old movie palace that ran a lot of horror movies. Played “CREATURE from the BLACK LAGOON” in Double-interlock polaroid 3-D there.

seymourcox
seymourcox on August 28, 2007 at 8:49 pm

Courtesy of Oklahoma Historical Society is this 1948 architectural drawing of the contemporary Clifton Theatre. To view sketch type in word “clifton”, then search,
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irpworks
irpworks on August 29, 2007 at 8:21 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.
ENJOY!

seymourcox
seymourcox on August 29, 2007 at 5:15 pm

Recently uncovered vintage photographs reveal that the Clifton was a makeover of the old Palace Theater.

irpworks
irpworks on August 30, 2007 at 2:13 am

The Clifton was the old Palace. It was across the street from what became the Pride of the Plains Lindsey Theater. It was in a large 3 story stucture that was part of the old Hilton Hotel city block. All of the buildings are now gone. It was one of the only buildings of its size in downtown Lubbock.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 7, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Lost memory, the link above has died, but I found the opening ad pages, which can be found at the link below.
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purpleplay
purpleplay on April 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm

The Clifton had the coolest art deco you ever saw, and the seats slid forward, like a recliner! I never saw seats like that again after the Clifton closed.

OCRon
OCRon on October 10, 2014 at 5:53 am

The Clifton/Palace Theater was at 1018 Main Street. It was designed by W.R. Kaufman and seated 1,200. (see map and news in photo section).

According to the Lubbock Daily Avalanche (12/14/1924), the Palace, owned by J.D. Lindsey, opened on December 15, 1924. Lindsey’s son, Clifton C. Lindsey, the Palace manager, had been manager of the Lindsey Theatre since 1914. The opening attraction was Cecil B. DeMille’s “Feet of Clay.”

The Clifton closed on August 29, 1959 and demolition took place from September 1959 to January 1960. (Lubbock Daily Avalanche)

(It was mentioned that Mr. Lindsey’s ranch, 10-miles from Lubbock, was comprised of 67,000 acres. This was small by Texas standards if you consider that the 500,000 acre Reata Ranch in “Giant,” the ultimate movie about Texas).

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