Cactus Theater LbNA # 34454 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Aug 12 2007|
The Cactus Theater was originally constructed in 1938 as a “second run” motion picture theater. It had a twenty-year run as a movie theater when television and six new “drive-ins” drove the theater out of business in 1958.
When Don Caldwell organized the Cactus with a group of area investors, he was interested in bringing a new venue for entertainment to the Depot District. He has met that goal and accomplished so much more! After purchasing the theater, which retained its balcony, sloped floor, and stage, the group restored the Cactus to be a live performance theater. The old projection booth was redesigned to hold spotlights and a state of the art sound and light package was added. Approximately 400 modern seats were installed and a modern concession stand and restrooms were built in the lobby. The finishing touch was a beautiful wrap-around mural depicting a caprock canyon, painted by artist John Russell Thomasson.
Since the reopening of the Cactus Theater, audiences from Lubbock and the surrounding area have enjoyed live music productions such as: Nostalgia Nites, The Cactus Family Christmas Celebration, The JD’s (a self-proclaimed “doo wop phenomenon”), a concert series showcasing America’s Legendary Big Bands and Texas Music Legends (with stars Joe Ely, BJ Thomas, Gary Morris, Jerry Jeff Walker, and the Maines Brothers, just to name a few), Girls’ Nite Out, and many more. The Cactus has also presented live theater plays and musicals such as “Fiddler on the Roof”, “The Odd Couple”, “Steel Magnolias”, “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story”, “Always…Patsy Cline”, and “Honky Tonk Angels.”. The Cactus has also debuted several original, locally written musical plays, including “Heavenly Country”
and “Holy Rock ‘n Rollers” which maintain sell-out crowds.
CLUES: 1812 Buddy Holly Ave, Lubbock Texas. Facing the Theatre on the left is a Historical mark from the City of Lubbock. Enjoy the history and then look directly behind the marker.
May 2008 WOW- this one is missing. Would someone be willing to replace it for me or take over. I live south of Austin and it will be a long time before I am up there again. Thanks