I enrolled at the University of Texas in 1995… when Tower Records was the SPOT! I was buying Wu-Tang CDs like Ol’ Dirty Bastard was having kids. The building was originally the Varsity Theatre. In recent years it’s been vacant, after a poorly timed retail attempt by a bookstore, Intellectual Property
Capital. The ABJ’s Jacob Dirr scoops what’s next for one of the most desirable retail sites in Austin, along with some history of the building. We found some old photos to share with you.
As I get older and appreciate nostalgia (including old Wu-Tang albums), I found a forum with links to historic photos of the property. Tower Records was responsible for the new-urbanist no-no of removing the windows from 24th Street. But the murals they replaced those windows with made it easy to forgive them.
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