Did you know that there once was a movie theater on 34th Street? I didn't have a clue until I came across some information that someone provided me.

The Village Theater was located at 2329 34th Street. This theater was a single screen theater that originally ran first-run films and could seat around 800 people, though the number has been in dispute by former patrons.

Credit: Mike Rivest - Under Creative Commons
Credit: CinemaTreasures.org Mike Rivest - Under Creative Commons

The Village opened on February 12, 1954, with Irving Berlin's There's No Business Like Show Business.

Some of the films it ran included Becket (as seen above), A Hard Day's Night, South Pacific, Werewolves on Wheels, and odd ones like House of Whipcord.

The theater closed in 1980 with the operation of larger theaters like the Fox 4 and the 4 Screen UA Theater at the Mall.

Credit: Google Street Maps
Credit: Google Street Maps

The location has been DJ's Sports and Batting Cages for as long as I can remember.

Lubbock has an amazing past when it comes to theaters. It's a shame that most of them are long gone, making way for the 16 and 24+ screens that people want today.

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