Lindsey Theatre

1019 Main Street,
Lubbock, TX 79401

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 29, 2016 at 8:28 pm

This house opened in 1940 as the New Lindsey Theatre. An earlier Lindsey Theatre had opened in 1917.

purpleplay on April 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm

The Lindsey family originally owned the Palace, the Lindsey, and others (including the State). When they remodeled the Palace and renamed it the Clifton, they were naming it after their son Clifton Lindsey! Interestingly, (to me anyway), their tombstones in the City of Lubbock Cemetery have their names written in cursive, their signatures! (Clifton and his parents)

purpleplay on April 13, 2012 at 10:15 am

Someone referred to the Lubbock newspaper article about the old theaters in Lubbock. Unfortunately, there seem to be several errors in the story. I don’t think the research was as careful as it should have been. It’s sad that mistakes got printed in that story.

Robert Verkler
Robert Verkler on March 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Don, Lubbock was home from 1966 until 1973. Been in Fort Worth since then. Went to Coranado High, Class of ‘72. I really wished I had saved some stuff. I may still have my Video Independent Theater ID card somewhere. While in HS I wasn’t thinking those things would have meant anything to anyone but wished I would have taken pics. I can still see the layout of the theaters and projectionist booths in my head. :–)

Robert Verkler
Robert Verkler on March 30, 2012 at 11:43 am

Was trained to be a projectionist at the Lindsey as were all projectionist. My first gig was at the State. All new projectionist usually started at the State. The first movie I showed was Kelly’s Heros. Moved on to work the Village and Arnett Benson. Those were some good times and a great job for a high school kid.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 29, 2009 at 10:55 am

The life and death of the Lindsey Theater in these six images [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] and nothing remainins except a parking lot…

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 20, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Thanks for the posting the above link Robert!


irpworks on July 20, 2008 at 10:05 am

New story in the Lubbock paper on old Lubbock theaters:

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irpworks on August 29, 2007 at 8:01 pm

another good pic, interior full of people, is in this collection:

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search “Lindsey”

irpworks on August 29, 2007 at 12:22 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.

seymourcox on August 28, 2007 at 12:37 pm

Vintage 1935, 1939, & 1940 interior/exterior shots can be viewed by typing in word “lindsey”, search,
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kencmcintyre on December 12, 2006 at 1:09 pm

There is a July 1990 photo on this page:

William on October 12, 2006 at 5:29 am

The Lindsey Theatre was listed as seating 784 people.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on October 2, 2006 at 3:42 am

Hey Robert. I lived in Lubbock for 30 years and must take exception to the demoltion of the Lindsey having been an improvement.

It was an outstanding movie theater icon and probably the last building standing in Lubbock that any character at all.

It is very short sided of any city to take a theater of this type, condition and era out. They can never be replaced.

irpworks on October 1, 2006 at 2:39 pm

In the lat 80’s or early 90’s they staged some live shows at the Lindsey. I was priviledged to see Don McClean do a solo show on the big stage in honor of Buddy Holly. It was a memorable evening.

Frankly, I must say the Lindsey was not pretty from the outside at all – other than the marquee made famous again as the cover a great Maines Brothers album. The inside was nice but it was not opulent in any manner nor a good example of Art Deco or moderinism. The lot is now an expansion the highrise next door and has a bank lobby and drive-thru for the bank. It is a rare example of an improvement to an area through demolition.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 17, 2006 at 6:30 pm

My photograph of the LINDSEY View link

chev74man on September 23, 2005 at 5:30 pm

I wish I had some pictures of the Lindsey in it’s hay-day. My father Clell Spann worked there as an usher and I think also a projectionist, I believe in the early 50’s. He has talked about the Lindsey my whole life, and like alot of other original Lubbockites, was mad when it was demolished. He tells me stories of running films across the street to another theatre (I can’t remember the name of it) that was owned by the same people as Lindsey at the time. Everyone I have talked to in my life about the Lindsey, talk about what a beautiful theatre it was. How modern for it’s time it was. Most say it was the nicest theatre in town. Being only 31, I don’t remember seeing it open, however, I did have a rare priviledge one night in the mid 80s, when they were doing something to it, to see it and the marquee lit up (well, at least all the neon that still worked). I COULD tell it WAS an amazing theatre. I wish, Lubbock, had done like so many other cities, and saved this Landmark.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 31, 2005 at 12:57 pm

See a photo of the Lindsey here: View link

webfox on May 16, 2005 at 6:03 pm

I have some Dramatic Photos of the Lindsey Theatre intact and as it was being demolished. I once worked as projectionist, and my mother worked as cashier at this beautiful theatre. Saw some GREAT movies here. “The Ten Commandments” (Heston) “Alamo” (John Wayne) presented in Cinemascope and 4 track magnetic stereo sound. People used to Dress-Up to go to the Lindsey. I will post the pix as soon as this website can accept them. Ned Fairbairn

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 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.

Seth on August 26, 2004 at 11:17 am

Lubbock was just about the ugliest and most depressing town I visited on my road trips. It looked like the city had demolished the old downtown in the ‘50s, and then only had enough money to build one ugly skyscraper every two blocks. I couldn’t find anything that looked like a theater. I liked the old Post Office and the Kress store, and that was about it.