In the Spotlight: Cactus Theater

Written By Visit Lubbock Interns

June 11, 2021

By: Camille Hughes

A historic gem that grew into an iconic venue for all types of performers, The Cactus Theater is a piece of the 806 you won’t want to miss. From tribute shows to touring musicians, all audiences can experience the rich history and lively energy onstage in the Depot District. 

Originally opened in April 1938, Cactus Theater was the very first neighborhood movie theatre. Movie goers of all ages frequented the theater’s satin seats for a night on the town. In 1958, after the closing of the movie house, this booming facility was used as a storage facility for neighboring businesses. In 1993, local music producer Don Caldwell envisioned a new purpose for this beautiful historic theatre to provide a unique venue to showcase West Texas performers. 

As the birthplace of Buddy Holly, Lubbock’s talent pool is as diverse as it is rich. With emerging artists and burgeoning musicians, the legacy of Lubbock’s favorite son lives on in the locally grown talent.

After many renovations, The Cactus Theatre was reopened to the public as a live performance center in 1995. Caldwell’s vision of the Cactus would lead to years of skilled performers and attract a diverse population of visitors to Lubbock’s downtown Depot District. 

The Cactus has a line-up suitable for all tastes and preferences from live musical performances, Texas music legends, national touring tribute bands, and comedy acts, to name a few. 

Under the neon lights of the marquee, guests can step back in time to the early 20th century, when long time classics made the big screen. Today, this local favorite stage features a remodeled interior with murals that bring Lubbock’s landscape to life.

Before you purchase tickets, be sure to check out the complete list of upcoming shows on their website.

Make a date of it and stop by one of these downtown Lubbock restaurants! Share your night at The Cactus Theater on social media using #LiveLoveLubbock!

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