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Best Venue for National Music Acts Phoenix 2008 - Marquee Theatre

Marquee Theatre

Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave.

Tempe, AZ 85281


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Sure, the parking costs $5 (and there's never enough of it), the security can be rude, and all shows are general admission and standing room only. So what makes the Marquee Theatre the best place to see national acts? Well, one reason the shows rock at the Marquee is because of the venue's sound and light system, which is state of the art. We've heard crappy bands sound good at the Marquee Theatre, which isn't an easy trick to pull off. But the main reason the Marquee gets this award is because the venue gets all the great national shows. Sure, the arenas around town get the familiar stadium-fillers like Rolling Stones, The Police, and Rush, but Marquee Theatre has a knack for hosting hot acts that are just starting to crack the national market or already have a huge indie following — The Killers, Tegan & Sara, Dresden Dolls, Hank III, Peter Murphy, Dilated Peoples. Now, if we could just find somewhere to park.

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This venue is HORRIBLE!! I was there yesterday and after waiting in the HOT sun for 7 hours, and standing in line outside the venue for 1.5 hours, we were let in to an un-airconditioned and fanless room only to stand in a shoving mass of people for another 1.5 hours, the whole time without air or fans. They did not turn on fans until a pregnant woman passed out and then it was only for about 30 minutes. NEVER any air!!! I almost passed out during the concert and would have if I was not shoved really hard, AGAIN....How can you give this venue an award when they show no care/respect for the paying audience. It was total caos!!! I will NEVER go there again and neither will any of my many friends and co-workers after I told them of my misstreatment!!!!! Someone made a HUGE mistake giving this award to this venue....State of the art sound system or not, if people are being sacrificed then it is only a matter of time before someone more important gets seriously hurt and the real truth comes out!!!