April 21, 1938

The Piggly Wiggly was at Fourth and Pile streets. Palmolive soap was sold for 6 cents a bar. … C.V. Steed Undertaking was advertising its funeral and ambulance services. The phone number was 14. … Baseball slugger Lou Gehrig and singing cowboy Smith Ballew were starring in “Rawhide,” scheduled to open April 22 at the […]

April 16, 1953

The annual Red Cross fund drive had collected $9,392.63. Officials were hoping to beat the record of $10,017.77 set in 1949. They’d already passed the previous year’s total of $8,961.28. … Ronald Reagan and Rhonda Fleming were starring in Tropic Zone at the Sunshine theater. … Workers were installing 1,566 seats in Clovis’ new junior […]

April 9, 1940

Jack Leon Echols, a veteran war-time pilot, was in Clovis for a speaking engagement. His topic: “Keeping our youth out of foreign wars.” … “The Grapes of Wrath” was showing at the State theater. “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” was at the Lyceum. “Gone With the Wind” was due to open at the Lyceum on […]

Student Profile: Bell

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Bailey Bell is a senior at Clovis Christian School. She is the daughter of Gary and Julie Bell. Extra-curricular activities: Cheerleading, drama, track, art Hobbies: Theater, tap dancing, making jewelry, collecting Elvis Presley stuff, MySpace Future plans: Go to college to pursue an acting career, get married and have […]

Feb. 11, 1947

The Sunshine theater was showing “Cobra Woman,” a tale of exotic love. … Bob Bosworth had recently been promoted to the rank of Life Scout in a Boy Scout court of honor ceremony. … Dan Carter of 921 Jones reported to police that he’d lost his billfold, which contained $60. Carter did not know where […]

Theater provides taste of life in spotlight

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’ve never had formal acting lessons, but as a child I did spend some time on the stage in our north Portales community theater called Teatro de la Comunidad de los Niños. We were the junior version of the high school group, Teatro de la Comunidad, which featured a cast […]

Feb. 3, 1936

The Lyceum theater was preparing for a Shirley Temple impersonation and personality contest. Fifteen of Clovis’ cutest youngsters had already signed up, promoters said. … The World Wonder Car, featuring museum exhibits “from nearly every country in the world,” was on its way to Clovis. An exhibit featuring Abraham Lincoln was one of the highlights […]

Singing legend Hank Williams remembered on stage

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Kenny Maines said in researching and preparing for his role as country music legend Hank Williams he learned a great deal about Williams’ impact on country music. Maines is star of a two-hour musical filled with humor and darkness that portrays Williams through his rise from his early days to […]

Jan. 30, 1945

“Marriage is a Private Affair,” starring Lana Turner, was playing at the State theater. A promotional ad warned, “We suggest that you do not permit the ‘kiddies’ to attend.” … Clovis received word it would be exempt from a war-time “brownout,” which banned unnecessary lighting. The exemption was granted because natural gas was being used […]

Movie theater plan rolling

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioners began paving the way Thursday for a 10-screen movie complex to be built in the city’s northern corridor behind Roden Smith Village on Llano Estacado Boulevard. Commissioners approved introduction of an ordinance at their meeting that would revise off-street parking standards and amend the existing code […]

Day Trip: Classic theater hosts holiday performances

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The restored 1930s-era Cactus Theater sits in the heart of the Depot District in Lubbock. (Courtesy photo) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Nestled in the Depot District of Lubbock is the Cactus Theater. Starting life in 1938 as a motion picture theater, the facility was remodeled in 1993 and has since become a performance theater. […]

Holly-lujah

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Sonny West will be playing at the Clovis Musical Festival. West wrote the Buddy Holly’s classic hit songs “Oh Boy” and “Rave On.” File photo By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The spirit of rock ‘n’ roll will be resurrected at the upcoming Clovis Music Festival. Artists slated to appear at the event which starts […]

‘Pirates’ helps Portales theatre set new mark

By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers The Tower Twin Theatre set a new house record July 7 by selling out the 6:30 p.m. showing of “Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest.” Theater Manager Michelle Goodwind said the theater hadn’t sold out a showing since owner Larry Allen bought the business in the 1980s. Goodwind […]

Little-used theater closed

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Many Clovis residents may not have realized that the Hilltop Twin movie theater recently closed. But that, in essence, was precisely the problem for the old duplex, which stopped showing flicks June 28. The Hilltop Twin was operated by Las Cruces-based Allen Theaters, which also operates the seven-screen complex at […]

New York dance troupe stopping in Clovis

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers A group of dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will bring a little New York City flair Sunday to Clovis Community College. Ailey II will perform at 4 p.m. at Clovis’ Marshall Auditorium as part of the Cultural Arts Series presented by Clovis Community College and Plains Regional […]

Science Spectrum offers education, variety of exhibits

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Courtesy Photo Science of Sports is one of the many different exhibits offered at tehe Science Spectrum in Lubbock. Compiled by Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Ever wanted to hang-glide? Or see a space suit? Now you can do that, or many other things, less than two hours away from the Clovis/Portales area. The Science Spectrum […]

Gilliland

CNJ staff Jimmy Gilliland Date of birth: Sept. 12, 1927 Dates of service: 1945 to 1946 Hometown: Clovis Theater and location of service: Pacific Branch: Navy Rank: Ship Fitter 3rd class Unit and specialty: USS West Virginia Lives in: Clovis In his words: Gilliland enlisted in the Navy right after high schools. “I was coming […]

Playin’ and Dancin’

Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The boys don’t line up on one side of the room with the girls on the other — each waiting for the first couple to get on the dance floor. In fact, there’s little to no hesitation as soon as Bill Case and the Velvetones launch into the opening bars of […]

Carl Deaton, Dolphus Johnston, Joe Masters

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Carl Deaton Date of Birth: Dec. 23, 1924 Dates of Service: 1943-1946 Hometown: Lariat, Texas Lives in: Clovis Theater or location of […]

5/19 Ticket Calendar

All times Mountain Clovis Show Off — 6 p.m. Tuesday, The Restaurant at Fox Run. Cross-stitch, knitting, quilting, sewing, painting, pottery, jewelry displays. Dinner – $10/plate. Information: 762-0295. Hoopla 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament — May 27, 28 and 29 at Hillcrest Park. Information: 763-6188. Pioneer Days — May 30 – June 4. Information: 763-3435. Merle Haggard’s […]