Clifton Theater

1016 Main Street,
Lubbock, TX 79401

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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 2:56 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 12:49 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 12:21 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 9:15 am

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

irpworks
irpworks on August 29, 2007 at 6:13 pm

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 3:53 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 9:52 am

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.

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