Tech Theatre

1211 University Avenue,
Lubbock, TX 79401

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The Tech Theatre opened on June 2, 1936. It was located across from Texas Tech University on what was then called College Avenue. The single screen theatre closed in 1955.

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William on October 12, 2006 at 1:11 pm

The Tech Theatre seated 500 people.

JuaniceMyers1 on September 25, 2007 at 5:01 pm

In the late 1940s, the Tech Theatre was the venue for a regular Saturday morning live radio (I think it was KFYO) show featuring a live talent contest for children. I used to go down every Saturday morning to try and win the contest by singing the latest song. I think Bob Nash was the Master of Ceremonies. It was a very popular radion show of the times.

rivest266 on November 8, 2009 at 12:35 am

This opened on June 3rd, 1936. ad to come at

purpleplay on April 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Actually the Tech was open later than 1955. I went there (the only time) in 1957 or 1958 to a double feature of war movies. I never went back because it had the worst entrance of any theater in town. It was hard to get inside because of the poorly constructed door. And it was a TINY and cramped theater, too.

purpleplay on April 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm

PS After it closed, the Tech was remodeled into Snell Drugs which lasted for a long time. If you look at the building today, you can still tell it was a little theater from the metal supports across the top of the building.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 3, 2018 at 9:18 pm

Mr. and Mrs. Preston Smith, both graduates of Texas Tech University, opened the Tech Theatre on June 2, 1936, according to an article about the opening of their fourth theater, the Arnett-Benson, that appeared in the August 5, 1950 issue of the Lubbock Morning Avalanche. The Tech was the Smiths' first theater venture.

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