Lubbock, TX Fine Arts Drive In Memories, Part 1
It’s another time travel back to The Late 60’s when there was some theater going bad the way we liked it and the newspapers didn’t. The setting for this trip is for Lubbock, TX and the Fine Arts Drive In which opened in 1948 as the Westener. In 1965, it turned into the Fine Arts and into the Drive In Screensters would want to go to to see all kinds of sleaze marketed as Art and later would face all kinds of censorship issues with the local paper while also trading shows with the other “skin and sin” Drive In of the area, the Arcadia, by 1969 (so if you missed Love Camp 7 one weekend, you had another chance at another screen!). As you can tell, some of the images were not from the films they were promoting!
The Drive In reportedly closed around 1980 and in it’s last few years it was an X-Rated place, but to me it’s best time was when it was dealing with the Nudies and Roughies and printing visual ads that usually got the words “Call Theater for Title” about a quarter of the time. Although this first part is not as wild as where this topic will be going, it still has enough smut and sleaze to dig into.
9-16-66 – Obviously the paper knew that Pussycat meant something more than an animal in the title!
12-2-66 – My Brother’s Wife was the real title of the first feature, and of course, S-E-X was that three letter word that you don’t mention!
3-17-67 – I guess the Continental got away with Under Age being a serious theater – it would move into the Fine Arts territory as some serious competition.