R.I.P., Hollywood Video In Montrose: What's Next For The Old Tower Theater?

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Swamplot confirms what we've been thinking for a while: The Hollywood Video store, in that nice old theater near Westheimer & Montrose, is not long for this world. Employees are telling customers the place is closing, and the marquee out front is being dismantled.

Video stores are closing all over the place, of course; Netflix and Ruko make it pretty damn easy to find and rent any movie you like without the hassle of leaving the house. The Montrose Blockbuster store that used to be a block away from the Hollywood Video has been closed for some time.

The Hollywood Video site is not just another strip-mall box, of course.

For years it was known as the Tower Theater and has quite a bit of history.

Built in 1936 as an Art Deco palace, the place held about 1,100 people at times, although various renovations through the years caused that number to be lower at times.

For a while it was a disco and a concert venue -- We didn't see anyone there ourselves, but one Swamplot commenter mentions Manhattan Transfer playing there.

We do know of the night when Hunter S. Thompson was there to give a lecture, even though we know it second-hand.

Thompson was late (shocking) and no one seemed to know where he was, until he was located busily browsing at the Erotic Cabaret across the street. He eventually took to the stage well-stocked with his usual medicines, and rambled on for an hour or so.

Where the hell all those people attending a concert would park nowadays is unclear, so we're pretty sure the theater's entertainment days are numbered.

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