A Brief Remembrance for a Record Lover’s Paradise by Doug Draper
Posted August 27th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
Just a few weeks ago, while I was a passenger on a tour bus in Buffalo, New York, the tour guide mentioned, with well-deserved pride, that in recent years, Buffalo has been going through a great period of growth and renewal
“That is true,” said a passenger near me, “except for one thing. We lost a wonderful record store.”
That store was Record Theatre, and it’s not the first time I’ve visited the city over the past two years and heard people mentioning its loss, with notes of sorrow in their voice.
Record Theatre’s very last store, its mother store going back to the 1970s, closed on Sunday, August 27th, 2019, about six months after its founder, Leonard Silver, died.
It was the last of the grand old record stores – the kind you could walk into and find just about any music that popped into your mind – from Western New York to Toronto, Ontario, and a real loss for music lovers who prefer to go to a real brick-and-mortar place where there is a spirit of community around finding that special CD or vinyl disc.
When the doors closed on that iconic store at the corner of Main Street and Lafayette in Buffalo, it was a very sad day for the wonderful staff there and for those of us who believe that coming together at places like this is one of the best ways of sharing the love for music.
Fortunately, we still have some brick and mortar record stores left on both sides of the Niagara River. They may not be as epic in size as Record Theatre, but they are doing their best to survive in an internet age.
Do what you can to support them and to buck the soulless business of purchasing music online.
To read about all that is left on the web about the history of Record Theatre, click on – https://recordtheatre.com/about-record-theatre/ .
Here is a commentary Niagara At Large posted following the August 27th, 2017 closing of Record Theatre – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2017/08/29/the-day-the-record-store-died-or-did-it/
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