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After it apparently closed down as a regular theater, I went to the Tennessee Theater to see Johnny Winter, along with Billy Squire (who was opening…this was his pre-The Stroke days) on Tuesday July 8, 1980. At this time it still looked just like a regular theater, other than the necessary modifications to the lobby (for a concert hall). The only thing you didn’t see in the auditorium was the screen: the theater seats were still in place.
Now I was on vacation, from Houston, so I assume this is the same Tennessee Theater. It was only two years after the noted 1978 closing of it, and seeing how even in Houston a classic theater was turned into a concert hall, I know this place that I went to is the same as the one everyone else here is talking about. I’m glad I got the opportunity to go to it before it was torn down.