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After nearly four decades Showplace 6 will close its doors

By Katie Bauer - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - After nearly 40 years, owners of a Lubbock movie theater prepare for their final showing.

Showplace 6 was the first multi-screen theater in Lubbock, opening in the 1970's, but their lease has come up and it will not be renewed.

Sunday will be the last day the theater will be open.

"We've been coming here for years," said Donna Wolfe.

"I told her, we got to go one last time at least," said Sherry Stout.

Friends Donna and Sherry have seen many movies together at Showplace 6, but they probably won't forget the one they saw on Thursday.

"We've had lots of memories here, I use to bring my kids here when they were little, and it was just a good place to come," said Wolfe.

Since 1972 the movie theater has been an entertainment hang out spot in Lubbock. It first opened as Showplace 4, selling tickets for $1.50, and it couldn't make its owner, Skeet Noret more proud.

"We've popped a lot of corn, I know how to pop corn," said Noret.

He says he is very sad to see it close.

"You don't want me to cry. It's been a certainly a big pleasure to have entertained the people that we have and it's been a good time in Lubbock, Texas," said Noret.

The theater leases its building from Trinity Christian and soon it will be demolished to expand the school. For General Manager Rudy Leal it was hard news to take.

"Business has been doing well, we aren't leaving because we want to, we are leaving because we have to," said Leal.

Like Donna and Sherry, many have stopped by for one last show.

"On Thursday I had a guy that met his wife 28 years ago, he brought here on a date to the Showplace 6," said Leal.

"It's been a good 38 years," said Stout.  "It has been fun hasn't it, a good ride," said Noret. 

"It's been a tremendous ride," said Wolfe.

Right now there are no plans to re-locate, but the theater will be open all weekend, with the last show at 9:50 on Sunday.

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