Clifton Theater

1016 Main Street,
Lubbock, TX 79401

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Architects: W.R. Kaufman, O.R. Walker

Styles: Beaux-Arts, Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Palace Theater

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Clifton Theater

Originally opened as the Palace Theater on December 15, 1924. In 1934 it was enlarged to the plans of local architect O.R. Walker. In the early-1950’s it was given a ‘Modernistic’ make-over and re-opened as the Clifton Theater.

It specialized in horror movies in the 1950’s and 1960’s, it was located near the Lindsey Theater in old downtown Lubbock. The Clifton Theater was closed August 29, 1959 and demolition began the following month.

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Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

webfox on June 2, 2005 at 5:56 pm

I saw “RODAN the FLYING MONSTER” at the Clifton. It was a grand old movie palace that ran a lot of horror movies. Played “CREATURE from the BLACK LAGOON” in Double-interlock polaroid 3-D there.

seymourcox on August 28, 2007 at 3:49 pm

Courtesy of Oklahoma Historical Society is this 1948 architectural drawing of the contemporary Clifton Theatre. To view sketch type in word “clifton”, then search,
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irpworks on August 29, 2007 at 3:21 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.

seymourcox on August 29, 2007 at 12:15 pm

Recently uncovered vintage photographs reveal that the Clifton was a makeover of the old Palace Theater.

irpworks on August 29, 2007 at 9:13 pm

The Clifton was the old Palace. It was across the street from what became the Pride of the Plains Lindsey Theater. It was in a large 3 story stucture that was part of the old Hilton Hotel city block. All of the buildings are now gone. It was one of the only buildings of its size in downtown Lubbock.

rivest266 on November 7, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Lost memory, the link above has died, but I found the opening ad pages, which can be found at the link below.
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purpleplay on April 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm

The Clifton had the coolest art deco you ever saw, and the seats slid forward, like a recliner! I never saw seats like that again after the Clifton closed.

rivest266 on June 13, 2015 at 7:39 pm

December 14th, 1924 & November 7th, 1948 grand opening ads in photo section.

robboehm on June 13, 2015 at 9:21 pm

Uploaded two photos from the Texas Tech University Special Collection.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 29, 2016 at 10:51 pm

The Palace Theatre was remodeled and enlarged in 1934. The July 22 issue of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal said that the formal opening was to take place the following night. Plans for the project had been prepared by local architect O.R. Walker.

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