Blankenship, W B 1989-01-09

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W. B. "Dub" Blankenship discusses his ownership of movie theaters throughout the Lubbock area.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: W. B. "Dub" Blankenship

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Date: January 9, 1989

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Leo Goodsell

Length: 33 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Wallace Theaters, Formation of chain in 1920, His father Wallace Blankenship, was the owner, Maintained theaters for a 150-mile radius from Lubbock, Built drive-ins in 1950s, Advancement of technology, Sound equipment a problem for small towns, 150s introduced cinemascope, Adjusted equipment to accommodate cinemascope, Cinerama became popular, Theaters, Different types of architecture, Investments and returns, Hired architect--Harvey Allan, Bidding process on movies, Block booking on movies--ended with numerous lawsuits, Average run of a movie, Background, Born--1924 in Ropes, Earliest memory of silent movies, Lived on second floor of a theater, Education, Graduated from Texas Tech in 1947, Career, Began working with father, Theaters (again), Decline began with introduction of television, Background (again), Parents--Wallace and Rose Blankenship, Brother--Roger Blankenship, Theaters (again), Cost to build drive-in--$25,000 with land, Cost to build indoor theater--$50,000, Levelland Theater, Gave theater to ex-manager

Tape 1, Side 2: Harvey Allan, Impressed with quality of designs

Range Dates: 1920-1989

Bulk Dates: 1948-1970

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