Red Raider Drive-In

715 N. University Avenue,
Lubbock, TX 79415

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Red Raider Drive-In ... Lubbock Texas

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The Red Raider Drive-In was named for the Texas Tech University Red Raiders. It was twinned in the early-1970’s. This one has been gone for many years.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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BobW
BobW on May 16, 2005 at 5:06 pm

My folks to me and my brothers to that theater on numerous occasions when we were growing up.

Remember the last Raider to be depicted on the screen front? It was the first Red Raider All American, E.J. Holub and his retired number ‘55’.

Also, my father, M.A. (Al) Williford constructed ready built houses directly in front of that old theater during the middle 60’s after it was closed. ‘Wilco Ready Builts’ was the name of his firm.

Bob Williford, 05/16/05

Thanks for the memories.

webfox
webfox on May 16, 2005 at 6:25 pm

I worked as projectionist at the Red Raider in the 60’s It was a fun place to work, had the best concessions with the best Pizza in town. The Manager was a wonderful elegant woman named Jackie who had Diamonds on every finger. I hope someone can come up with a picture of this place.

rhayner
rhayner on January 16, 2008 at 12:29 pm

One thing I forgot to mention: Besides making the sign for the Red Raider, my father built the kiddie train from scratch on our kitchen table. That was somewhere between 1951 and 1953, I think. The train took children around the Red Raider Drive-In before the movie. He also conceived, designed and built the giant loaf of bread on what was then the Mead’s Bakery. He did the steel work, wiring, painting and installation while he was working for Lubbock Poster. It rotated back then. Now, I think it’s Rainbow Bread. He also designed and built the two Plains Fairgrounds signs. That was the first sign I ever worked on (I’m a sign designer now); I helped screw in the lightbulbs. That was about 1958.

DonLewis
DonLewis on April 7, 2009 at 6:20 pm

A movie ad from 1959 for the Red Raider Drive In in Lubbock.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm

In 1956 it parked 850 cars making it that city’s largest Drive-in. It was owned by Breaden&Beeson.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Thanks again Mike.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Boy, There are alot of Drive-ins in Texas.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Its a big state.

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 715 N University Ave, Lubbock, TX 79415. Now a ballpark.

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on January 21, 2014 at 3:07 pm

One of the things I remember most about Texas during my stay there in the summer of 1991, lots and lots of open land and lots and lots of abandoned drive ins, even explored a few of them!

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