Circle Drive-In

5806 Interstate 27,
Lubbock, TX 79404

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Circle Drive-In

The Circle Drive-In was opened November 29, 1949 with Humphrey Bogart in “Knock on Any Door”. It was closed in 1980. Now long ago leveled, it was named after and part of an unusual, but funtional intersection in Lubbock where five separate streets merged into what was known to Lubbockites as the “traffic circle”. It was actually kind of fun to navigate the traffic circle at times.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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irpworks on October 1, 2006 at 2:31 pm

In its last years it showed porn flicks and the former motel just behind it always had many on the second floor walkway watching free – who needed the sound?!

Here is the correct location (the triangle area was the theater):

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58th & Ave. Q

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.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 7, 2009 at 6:39 pm

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

jwmovies on September 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Approx. address is now 5806 Interstate 27. It is now Holiday Inn.

rivest266 on June 13, 2015 at 5:13 pm

November 29th, 1949 grand opening ad in photo section

txdomino on May 29, 2016 at 4:58 am

According to old maps, the site was on the southeast corner of 58th and Avenue Q. Part of the Country Inn and Suites its on the old site. The field just west of it seems to be the rest of that site.

davidcoppock on October 2, 2018 at 7:27 am

Opened with “knock on any door”.

MichaelKilgore on November 9, 2019 at 9:17 pm

From Billboard, May 15, 1954: “For the second time in recent weeks vandals with a shotgun shattered the glass marquee of the Circle Drive-In, Lubbock, Tex. Marvin McLarty. owner of the drive-in, has posted a $100 reward for the arrest and conviction of vandals.”

davidcoppock on November 15, 2019 at 3:05 am

Is the motel still there? Is the traffic circle still there?

MichaelKilgore on June 17, 2020 at 6:19 pm

irpworks was right about an amazing wealth of Lubbock theater pictures available, but his link no longer works. What you need to look for is the Winston Reeves Photograph Collection at Texas Tech University. When the link I supplied gets broken by some Tech reshuffling a decade or two from now, at least you’ll know where to look.

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