In 1993, the venue debuted as the Red River Opry. A family-oriented place with auditorium seating and home to a theatrical-style revue called the “Arizona’s Country Music Show,” which we described at the time as a “scripted blend of family-friendly crossover country and pop, punctuated with a bit of comedy.” Yee-haw.
A decade later in 2003, long after the Red River Opry headed for the last roundup, it became the concert venue we all know today, sans the seating and heaping helpings of cornpone.
The Marquee Theatre debuted in March of 2003 with Ozomatli and has hosted over 1,500 national touring artists including Nine Inch Nails, Muse, Kings Of Leon, The Black Keys, Adele, Prince, Green Day, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Jonas Brothers, A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, Sigur Ros, Flogging Molly, Fallout Boy, Modest Mouse, Odd Future, Social Distortion, Phoenix, Eric Church, Paul Oakenfold, Deftones, Megadeth, 311 and Benny Benassi to name a few.
The auditorium style venue is located 1 mile north of Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ at the corner of Mill Ave and Washington Street just north of Tempe Town Lake.