Recher Theatre

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Recher Theater
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Oh, The Story! on stage at the Recher Theatre in Towson, MD - April 30th, 2010
Location512 York Road, Towson, MD
OwnerBrian Recher[1]
TypeMusic Venue
Genre(s)acoustic rock, alternative rock, blues (music), blues rock, electronic, folk, garage, groove, hard rock, hip hop, heavy metal, indie, punk, reggae, rock, surf, rhythm and blues, singer-songwriters

Recher Theatre /rɛkɜːr/ was a concert venue in Towson, Maryland. It was located at 512 York Road in the building previously operated as the Towson Theatre, a one-screen movie theater.[1] The Towson Theatre was designed by architect John Ahlers of the George Norbury MacKenzie III architectural firm. It cost $100,000 to build and opened on March 1, 1928.[2] The theatre was sold to the Recher family in the 1950s, who continued running the cinema into the 1990s.[1] They then converted it into an upscale billiard parlor.[2] The building was later transformed into The Recher Theater, a concert venue, which opened in 1999.

The small venue with a capacity of only 700[3] hosted many national acts over the years, including: Aimee Mann, Andrew W.K., All Time Low, Anberlin, Bo Diddley, Boondox, Breaking Benjamin, Buckethead, Buckcherry, Charlie Daniels Band, Cheap Trick, Crack The Sky, Danyul Reyman Blues Band, Danzig, Dark Star Orchestra, Demon Hunter, Electric Light Orchestra, Flaming Lips, Fuel, George Clinton, Good Charlotte, Iggy Pop, Jeffree Star, Judas Priest, Linkin Park, Little Feat, O.A.R., Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, Reel Big Fish, Robert Cray, Shinedown, Slayer, They Might Be Giants, Third Eye Blind, The White Stripes, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Zakk Wylde.[4]

It enjoyed a strong run as one of the area's premier music venues, but was eventually squeezed out by larger venues.[5] The Recher Theater closed in 2013.[3] The Recher ended its days as a live music staple with a sold-out fundraising concert titled "The Last Hurrah!" featuring 17 bands, many of which had played at the Recher over the last decade.[1][6] The bands performing included The Hint, American Diary, Thin Dark Line, Dropout Year, All Mighty Senators, Warren Boes/Andy Belt, Burning Rosewood, Shane from Valencia, Evan Michael, The Everlove/Adelphi, Japan 4 Japan 4 band shows, Hectic Red, Technicolor Minivan, Oh the Story, Brighter Shades, Rob Fahey & Pieces, Monday Night Social Club Band, Serena Miller & Riot, The Regal Begals, and Ashes Remain.[6] All proceeds were donated to Catherine's Fund For Cystic Fibrosis, associated with the Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.[6]

The former location of the Recher was converted into a nightclub known as the Torrent Nightclub.[7] The change was attributed to the rise of popularity of DJs and electronic dance music.[1] Recher said, "The market for live music is down, and the local music scene, as well, wasn't what it used to be."[5] After nearly a year of construction, the Torrent Nightclub opened on Thursday, Feb. 13,2014, featuring British DJs EC Twins.[5] Some community members don't want a nightclub in that space.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Staff (1 April 2013). "Recher Theatre ends live music run with last concert. Venue to become nightclub to change with musical times". WBAL TV. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b Staff (1 April 2013). "Recher Theatre". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Info". The Recher Theatre. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "Wall of Fame". The Recher Theatre. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c Meoli, John (11 February 2014). "Torrent Lounge nightclub set to open at Recher Theatre site". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Case, Wesley (29 March 2013). "Recher Theatre to end run as a concert venue on Sunday. Proceeds from all-local-bands show to be donated to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  7. ^ Recher Theatre to become Torrent Nightclub

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