Cactus Theater

1812 Buddy Holly Avenue,
Lubbock, TX 79401

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Cactus Theater (Official)

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Architects: Robert Maxey

Functions: Live Performances

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 806.762.3233
Manager: 806.762.3233

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Cactus TheatreĀ©...Lubbock TX...Don Lewis

Opened April 8, 1938 with 720 seats. Restored and reopened in 1995, with scenic murals around the interior walls. It closed as a movie theatre in May 1958. It now offers live performances.

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Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

rivest266 on November 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm

This opened on April 8th, 1938. Ad to come at

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm

The Cactus theatre was owned by LINDSEY THEATRES in Lubbock.

rivest266 on June 13, 2015 at 4:49 pm

April 8th, 1938 grand opening ad in photo section.

robboehm on May 22, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Current photo shows the Cactus is no more and it is now the Greer Iron Works. When did that happen? Status needs to be changed.

Texas2step on May 22, 2016 at 2:57 pm

The photo at the top of this page is not a current photo. Greer Iron Works used the building for storage prior to the 1994 renovation. The Cactus Theater is still open as a live performance venue. Click the Related Websites link for their current schedule.

robboehm on May 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm

Cactus reopened in 1995

Trolleyguy on May 29, 2016 at 9:16 am

According to their website, this theatre no longer plays movies. Function is only live performances.

txdomino on June 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm

Click on the photo above and it’ll take you to another page with more recent pictures of the Cactus.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 3, 2018 at 4:49 pm

Multiple sources indicate that the Cactus Theatre was designed by local architect Robert Maxey. The Cactus closed as a movie theater in May, 1958, according to the papers of Joe H. Bryant, the theater’s first operator.

Justwideman on August 9, 2021 at 11:43 am

2021 it is still Cactus, live events, though with social distance and all not sure it has seen much use. Was closed when I rolled through for ID4 weekend. I was hoping to hear some Lubbock country tunes. They have added a sidewalk seating area, This is part of a little nightlife/bar strip on Buddy Holly Ave, the city’s music icon and native son. Blue Light music venue is a few doors down. (see recent pics)

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