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After falling into disrepair in the 1980s, this great old movie house of vaudeville fame in downtown Tucson has been successfully revived by an energetic local non-profit organization. It's now back in its old decadent glory, complete with 1,200 comfortable seats. It has also become a main venue for touring blues and rock musicians. So if you plan to watch a great concert, head to the Rialto Theatre to witness scintillating performances.
They call themselves the "World's Darkest Nightclub" and they're not referring so much to the lighting situation as to the prevalent aura. On the ground-floor of a 1920s-era hotel, the club has many vestiges of its historic past coupled with the dark and dank ambiance appropriate to its alternative concept. This funky spot features an eclectic array of live music, from acoustic to alternative dance, which is perfectly suited to its dramatically diverse and energetically eccentric clientèle.
This building, designed in 1929 by Los Angeles architect M. Eugene Durfee, once belonged to the chain of movie theaters showing Fox Studio productions and was decorated with those Art Deco motifs that were typical of the movie houses of the period. After long years of falling into disrepair and neglect since 1974, it is now in the process of being renovated and revitalized, due to the much-publicized efforts of a group of conservationist citizens. Today it hosts a variety of live performances, including concerts, musicals, and lectures.
Located at the Tucson Convention Center, the Tucson Music Hall is a wonderful place to catch a performance. This venue has two levels, the Orchestra Level as well as the Balcony Level, both of which have excellent and comfortable seating arrangements. The Hall has hosted such popular touring events as Jesus Christ Superstar and Let Freedom Sing. Schedule varies seasonally, and tickets can be purchased at the box office.
This open-air amphitheater is an architectural marvel. The entire stage area is covered with a massive semi-domed structure that is balanced on six huge pillars. It resembles a massive tent hovering over the performance arena. The venue can seat about 5000 spectators and is one of Arizona's largest concert venue. Sheryl Crow, Don Henley, Tony Bennett, Alan Jackson, and Freddy Fender are some of the famous artists to have performed here.