Cactus Theater

at 1812 Buddy Holly Ave , 79401

Lubbock's Hidden Gem for Live Music & Theater Entertainment

Cactus Theater
1812 Buddy Holly Ave
Lubbock , TX 79401
United States
Contact Phone
P: (806) 762-3233


The Cactus Theater was constructed in Lubbock, TX in 1937 and officially opened in April 1938 as the first suburban, neighborhood movie theater. Built with a cost of around $30,000, it originally featured 720 seats and a “washed air cooling system”. Its marquee featured 750 feet of neon lighting. Movies are no longer played at the Cactus, but music is… Don Caldwell’s vision began in the Fall 1993 when he purchased the Cactus Theater with the help of investors. His vision was to provide a venue to cultivate, mentor and showcase talented West Texas performers and present an entertainment opportunity for the region never before available. This vision helped plant the initial cornerstone for the development of the Lubbock Depot Entertainment District. For this renovation the theater retained its balcony, sloped floor and stage. The projection booth was redesigned to hold spotlights, including a state of the art sound and light system. Approximately, 400 modern seats were installed with an up to date concession stand and restrooms in the lobby. Artist John Russell Thomasson provided the final touch with a complete surrounded Caprock Canyon mural that included a stage backdrop to give an outdoor mood while inside the Cactus. The newly reborn Cactus officially re-opened in 1995 as a live performance theater. Cactus audiences from Lubbock and the surrounding region have enjoyed many live music productions like: Nostalgia Nites, The Cactus Family Christmas Celebration, Girls’ Nite Out, The JD’s, including a concert series showcasing America’s Legendary Big Bands and Texas Music Legends with Joe Ely, BJ Thomas, Gary Morris, Jerry Jeff Walker, and the Maines Brothers. Live theater plays and musicals have been offered at the Cactus with productions of “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 regional written musical plays including: “Heavenly Country” and “Holy Rock ‘n Rollers.”

Opening time

  • Mondays: 13:30- 17:30
  • Tuesdays: 13:30- 17:30
  • Wednesdays: 13:30- 17:30
  • Thursdays: 13:30- 17:30
  • Fridays: 13:30- 21:30
  • Saturdays: 13:30- 21:30


Price category
$$ (10-30)

General Info

TICKETS Tickets to all Cactus events are sold through our Box Office. It is highly recommended to get advance reservations. Our shows sellout quickly! SEATING Reserved seats are required for all Cactus events. The theater has a total of 382 seats split between two different levels. We welcome large groups and do our best to seat everyone together. See our Seating Chart Album on the Facebook page for seating options. THEATER RENTAL Your company party or meeting, reunion group, or other large group gatherings are welcome at the Cactus! Please contact us for details and prices. PARKING Parking is available in front of the theater, as well as along Buddy Holly Avenue. Triple J Chophouse also allows Cactus patrons to park in their lot - directly across the street from the theater.
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