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Recher Theatre Shutting Down, Torrent Lounge Opening In Place

Owners of the concert venue plan to start construction of the Torrent Lounge nightclub in late-March.

(Update 3:49 p.m.)—After a nearly 17-year run, the Recher Theatre, a well-known Towson concert venue, is closing its doors.

The Recher family, which owns the venue and the attached bar and restaurant The Rec Room, plans to convert the space into a nightclub called Torrent Lounge.

"The [nightclub] scene is doing much better," said Brian Recher, who co-owns the spot with his brothers Steve Recher and Scott Recher. "The younger kids are going toward the DJ scene more."

The Rechers have already started the first phase of the transition by revamping patio space at the venue.

Brian Recher said additional renovations for Torrent Lounge will start in late-March, and band performances will continue until that time.

An opening date for the new lounge has not yet been set.

The Recher brothers opened the concert venue, which has hosted local and national musicians from a variety of genres, in 1996. The building was previously the historic Towson Theatre.

JA February 14, 2013 at 08:05 AM
SF, I agree with you. And every time I was there and their management did the mixing for sound, it was very poorly done. As you said, the problem clearly was with the management and how they treated bands.
Melissa Martin February 14, 2013 at 09:42 AM
I just wanna say to those claiming big acts never played Recher you are wrong. Good Charlotte, Fuel, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, The Used, Finch, Dashboard Confessional, Flaming Lips, Alkaline Trio, Judas Priest, Slayer, Something Corporate, Jimmy Eat World, Thrice, Straylight Run, HedPe, Tantric, ICP and Boondox and Twiztid, Kittie, Third Eye Blind, FREAKING IGGY POP, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Imogene Heap, MC Chris, Fun. (As one commenter stated would never play), Anti Flag, Catch 22, Cheap Trick, Danzig and I could go on. All these bands played in their hay days. Ill assume you're all too young to have been at any of these shows. Oh Iggy Pop, ill never forget my teenage self fighting for front row and grabbing at your guitar as you held it out to fans... And yeah my brothers band played here a few times and to say they were treated well would be an over statement. He was in a high school band, kids living their dream of being pop stars, and they were all but bullied into selling enough tickets. Anyway the staff may suck at times, hello sound guy, but it will be missed.
LalainMaryland February 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM
RL 1-Towson is not a TOWN-It is part of a county, therefore, it has a county council; learn learn your titles before throwing names around. 2-Business owners do have responsbilityin that if they do not provide safety to their patrons and the local community who do you think will patronize their businesses? Why do you think insurance exists? Because of such issues. 3-So now the taxpayers have to enforce the poor decisions of greedy business owners who don't even have any kind of information meeting before making such decisions? These are the same owners that had an issue less than 6 months ago? shame on them.
ReisterstownMAN February 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM
you are wrong again.. xtreme was closed due to "club go-ers'' going to downtown instead of towson and them losing money to the bigger guys.. not the stabbing or fightings like you say..
aaron February 14, 2013 at 12:22 PM
then open your own damn music venue. gawd, the internet is full of such whiners. boring....
D Schmid February 14, 2013 at 01:39 PM
I live across the parking lot (soon to be Towson Square) from the patio at the Rechter. The boom-boom of the bass has been really loud lately. At times it sounds like someone hammering on my walls. When it wakes me up I tell myself it will stop at about 1:45. They have been really inconsiderate of their neighbors. If it keeps up I will be filing noise complaints and following up with a petition. I love music and don't mind hearing that in my condo unit, but the loud bass and DJ have to tone it down.
Dave February 14, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Melissa, On the reggae front, you left out Toots and the Maytals. Also the bouncer staff was like a freakin' goon squad. When I saw Toots there about 10 years ago, you were allowed to smoke cigs in the place. Every time I lit up a cigarette, some 23 year old meat head would be up in my face asking me what I was smoking.
AJ February 14, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Are both the Recher Theatre AND Rec Room closing? Or just the Theatre portion?
CP February 14, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Night Club?? Are you kidding? Get ready for underage drinking. Fights, stabbings, shootings!!!! You thought the recent unrest was bad. LOL. Bye Bye Towson.
JP February 14, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Yes they did have big names... (Don't forget All Time Low - they are still probably larger and w/ a more devout following than 1/2 of those bands you mentioned) BUT what big acts, or even well-followed acts have played there in the past year or two? The list isn't very large. I love the place and I'd like to see it continue as a music/concert venue... but it's obvious the management sees better money-making opportunities in a nightclub. And to the guy(s) who say "stop complaining and open your own music venue"... Right.......... We're not allowed to have an opinion and voice our sadness for a decent music venue closing without having the ability to fork over hundreds of thousands to open our own.
Melissa Martin February 14, 2013 at 05:00 PM
JP - I didn't forget All Time Low I went to high school with three of em and have been trying unsuccessfully to forget them for years. Very talented at what they do. Credit where its due. I also had intended to mention, but it was 5am, that it had been a long time since these bands had played. I remember on several occasions driving by the marquee and wondering out loud why there were never names I knew anymore. Dave - yeah they weren't exactly kind to patrons. A few friends of mine have gotten into it with them over the years. And yeah I remember Toots playing! And one of the Marley boys, I wanna say Damien? They had good comedians back then too. But with Magoobys just up the street now, that won't happen. And to offer comparison, my brother also did an open mic stand up at Magoobys and wads treated wonderfully! He said even the guys who bombed got encouraged by the staff to come back when they were ready. Plus when my mother told the hostess wed come to see file, were escorted to a front row seat. The owner Andrew is just all around awesome. Not to mention I joined the mailing list and now I get 20 free tickets every year on my birthday. Plus the free ticket giveaways every week on their facebook. Don't see Recher doing that. Oh btw, big name bands used to come through and play two or three nights in a row. Fans always preferred this because you could get so close. Never a bad "seat". Once apon a time those tables in the back had stools.
AnnKangarouse February 14, 2013 at 06:14 PM
WTMD is broke. They couldn't even afford a dollar a year for rent...
Art Vandalay February 14, 2013 at 06:20 PM
CVP is awful all the way around from the bartenders, bar patrons, the owners, and the food. The only thing that is good about it is the new layout and that it’s cleaner (for now) than it was before the owners burned it down.
JDStuts February 14, 2013 at 07:41 PM
What a surprise. Suppose you're too busy selling county land at cut rates to developers. Not too worry, certainly the new nightclub won't be any louder than the firehouse you placed in the middle of a residential neighborhood killing its property values.
Gus February 14, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Xtremes was horrible anyway! sorry just my opinion.
Gus February 14, 2013 at 08:28 PM
I saw a bnd at the recher once, Sorry i would not call them a band but i stumbled into the recher one night and saw 20 dudes on the stage yelling bearded swords the whole time and the staff did nothing! i guess they where out to get money!
Steve February 14, 2013 at 08:30 PM
I saw the Nevilles there and the North Mississippi All Stars.
Gus February 14, 2013 at 08:31 PM
This is amazing! i think they should sell the place to the company that owns the Fillmore it would be amazing to see a Fillmore Towson that would be great for the university!
Gus February 14, 2013 at 08:35 PM
You mention the Soundstage? are they closing to, i feel there doing amazing!they brought in Above and beyond and have Machine gun kelly coming in.
Gus February 14, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Linken park came to the Recher! wow when was this.
Gus February 14, 2013 at 08:38 PM
I was alive for all of this but never knew Linkin park came!
Gus February 14, 2013 at 08:50 PM
I love Magooby's! Maybe the Recher needs new ownership!
Gus February 14, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Maybe the Recher needs new ownership! Owners who are not money hungry and have a love for music!
AJ February 15, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Magooby's is great!
Gene Bertoni Sr February 18, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Business owners should be able to do what they want. If the county permits them to change venue then so be it. Then it's not the Rechter blame its then the County. As far as the venue change the owners are not greedy it's the responsibility of business owners to reinvent to stay afloat. As far as future problems that result at times from a nightclub business, like fights, DWI, loud music, disturbing peace, ect.it will be the responsibility of the Police, liquor board, patrons, and the County Government to keep the business in compliance with the law. If the business does not comply like: example Dock of the Bay in Millers Island then the powers to be must do what they do to implement compliance. The community cannot dictate what business owners do if Baltimore County government permits venue change. Towson is not exempt from unwanted venues in their community as Dundalk receives school closings, relocation of Police Precincts, homeless shelters, recoverring men homes directly in residences within the community, methadone distribution centers in a community house, ect... May all communities prosper....
D Schmid February 20, 2013 at 01:53 PM
When redoing the patio, I hope they take into consideration the two residential highrises directly across the parking lot. I wish them success but we will be watching and listening. They have a right to make a profit, we have a right to peace and quiet at night.
Josh Moran March 19, 2013 at 05:18 AM
I know Recher's acts haven't been as big as the past, but I have a lot of memories at this place, such a good location, too. This "club" scene is only going to bring trouble. I hope they have all the ambulances ready for all the drug intoxication that will follow, hope it's worth the dollar.
pickle boy May 02, 2013 at 05:15 PM
The venue is not profitable. But I don't think a nightclub is the answer. I think they should have kept it a concert venue and hired a more qualified booking agent.
Angus cole March 06, 2014 at 10:46 AM
I know this is a little late, but in my opinion I'm glad they converted the recher theatre into the now torrent lounge, I've been there and it's awesome, I believe it's an over 21 club, the staff is amazing, and the artists they bring in are top notch, nothing in the area compares to it.the club goers are the nicest people I've met, everyone is so friendly.as well the staff does not try to push anything on you,I like how the dj booth is so close to the dance floor, oh and the sound system is amazing. And as far as fights and what have you I have not seen one fight at all, so everyone who doubted this move the recher brothers made go check out the club for yourself, if they keep bring in dj's that the club goers want to see they will stay open for a long time to come.im seeing tom swoon there in April.
Angus cole March 06, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Reading the posts of everyone talking about how the club will bring trouble, maybe spoke to soon, it's been open for a month or so and there has only been one very very very minor insolent it was very minor.go check out torrent before you come to conclusion

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