In the 1950s, a teenager from Lubbock, Texas sparked a cultural revolution with his music, songwriting, and big framed glasses. Today, The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences continues his legacy by revolutionizing performing arts, entertainment and education.

Resulting from years of community studies and focus groups and located in the heart of Downtown Lubbock, The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Science is a unique model not found anywhere else in the world. The state-of-the-art campus features two theaters, event space, a full-service bistro and a ballet academy under one roof.

Designed by internationally-renowned Diamond Schmitt Architects, both theatres feature an acoustic value of NC15, offering both renowned artists and young aspiring artists the opportunity to perform on stage in a world-class venue.  Site lines will be amazing from anywhere within the theater.

Construction budget of $154 million builds a 220,000 square foot, state-of-the-art campus:

  • Helen DeVitt Jones Main Theater
    • 2,200 seats comfortably rise over four levels with two VIP lounges
    • Current Civic Center theater offers 1,377 seats
    • Acoustic rating NC 15
  • The Crickets Studio Theater
    • 24,225 square feet designed with Lubbock ISD’s needs in mind
    • 425 seats, concessions and lounge area, dedicated lobby area, and private west entrance
    • Acoustic rating NC15
  • Multipurpose Event Room
    • 6,000 sub-dividable square feet functional for receptions, banquets, lectures, meetings and rehearsals
  • Ballet Lubbock Pre-Professional Academy
    • 22,000 square-foot dance center, office and storage space
  • Food and Dining
    • 2,500 square-foot commercial kitchen to accommodate all venue catering
    • 2,000 square- foot Bistro with a 100-seat capacity
  • Christine DeVitt Main Lobby
    • Visual experience featuring a spiral staircase; serves as the main entrance to the Hall
    • Accommodates 300 seated people for banquets, weddings, and galas
  • Back stage
    • Loading docks, control rooms, dressing rooms, visiting company offices, conference room, management and administrative offices, storage for sets and costumes and performers’ lounges

One of the most interesting features of The Buddy Holly Hall is the iconic guitar wall, a fine art sculptural installation depicting the image of Buddy Holly playing a Stratocaster. Designed by Texas artist Brad Oldham, the image is a 9,000 piece sculpture made of multiple sizes of guitar picks beautifully cast of aluminum with brushed bronze.

The Buddy Holly Hall is privately funded, owned and operated by The Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association, with 100% of all contributions directly funding construction of the project. Innovative partnerships with local arts organizations, public schools and universities, and private corporations will allow The Buddy Holly Hall to be financially self-sustaining upon opening in 2020.

As Buddy inspired the world’s best music and musicians with his unique abilities, The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences honors that legacy inspiring future generations of artists, musicians and entertainers.


The History Behind The Buddy Holly Hall

The Buddy Holly Hall Image Gallery

Give the Gift of Performance


The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences Exterior



The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences Exterior



The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences Concert Hall



The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences Hall Banquet



The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences Christine DeVitt Lobby

View more renderings of Buddy Holly Hall and keep up with construction efforts in our photo gallery.