Record Theatre kicks off closing sale

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - It's the end of an era. After 30 years, the iconic Record Theatre is closing its doors. 

Lovers of music, movies and books have been buying their favorite classics at this store for decades. At one time, it's popularity and success spread across a chain of six record stores in the area, now its just down to one - the flagship store on Main Street in Buffalo.

A "go-to" spot for the hardest to find vinyl records, CDs, DVDs and even cassette tapes, the legacy Record Theatre leaves behind is unlike any other.

"It's a bummer. It's like one of your friends moves and you're not really sure the next time you're going to see them because they're moving too far," Joe Seivert says. Seivert, like many others, is a longtime customer who says the store will never be replaced. 

"I feel sorrow," Mike Willhelm says. "I'm a huge record collector and have been since 1971. We make a lot of trips over here to Buffalo specifically to come to the Record Theatre."

News of the two remaining locations, on Main Street and in University Plaza, intentions to close comes just three months after the death of founder Lenny Silver. 

Employees say, despite a partial increase in profit over recent months, closing was inevitable and it was a tough decision no one wanted to make and for some is still hard to digest.

Store managers say there's no closing timeline, they'll open until everything is gone.

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