I don't know how the Marquee gets this award every year. Sure they get a lot of great bands to play there, but the staff, the BS parking charge, the way they only play a few lame songs over and over again between sets, and did I mention the staff? You get treated like you're scum and not only do they make you take your shoes off at the door but they confiscate your pens. Yes, I said "pens." Additionally, they have a minimum charge to use plastic at the bar, and their ATM just happens to be out of order. Hmm. The Celebrity Theater is much better. They too have a charge for parking, however that's really their only fault. Love it when they spin the stage!
BEST VENUE FOR NATIONAL ACTS - 2006
You've still got to pay five bucks to park there, but at least you don't have to fight downtown Phoenix traffic. There are other benefits to seeing national acts at the Marquee, too. The venue often hosts bands just before they blow up big (H.I.M., The Darkness), so it's a great place to catch "the next big thing" before they're too big for you to afford tickets to their arena shows the following year. And there are no "nosebleed seats" at the Marquee. With a capacity of around 1,000, you've got more than an ant's chance of actually seeing the performers without the aid of a big projection screen. And the venue books a wide range of hot national acts ? in the past year, Marquee Theatre's hosted shows by everyone from hip-hop act Jurassic 5 to old-school punks Social Distortion to Jack White's red-hot new band, The Raconteurs. Makes it worth the price of admission ? plus the five bucks to park.