Venue under former signage
|Former names||Dodge Theatre (2002-Sept 2010)|
|Address||400 W Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85003
|Opened||April 11, 2002|
|Owner||JDM Partners, City of Phoenix
(managed by Phoenix Downtown Theatre LLC)
(operated by Live Nation)
Comerica Theatre (formerly Dodge Theatre) is a mutli-use theatre in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The venue seats 5,000 people and hosts many musical artists and shows. Jerry Colangelo, longtime former owner of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks, was one of the original investors. The facility, designed by Dan Meis of NBBJ, was designed to fill the need for performers that don't need a huge sports stadium, but are too large for the smaller, intimate venues. It opened in the spring of 2002 as part of the ongoing redevelopment efforts in Downtown Phoenix, and reached the 2 million mark in attendance in 2009. Live Nation began operating the venue in 2007. The theater's name was changed in October 2010 after Comerica Bank acquired the naming rights. The theatre is also known for hosting sporting events such as boxing.
The theatre is probably best recognized as the stage for the comedy movie Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie. In addition to this, George Lopez's most recent HBO Special, America's Mexican, was aired live at the venue. Rock group Chickenfoot recorded their live album Get Your Buzz On there and it also hosted the 2010 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. It is also a venue for Broadway and family stage shows that play the Phoenix area, and in the theater's first few years the Arizona edition of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular took place at the venue.
- Dodge Theatre hits 2 million in attendance since 2002 Downtown Phoenix April 30, 2009. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
- Padgett, Mike Dodge Theatre hopes to raise curtain on big-time shows Phoenix Business Journal January 27, 2002. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
- Luebke, Cathy Live Nation promises more eclectic mix at Dodge Theatre Phoenix Business Journal. January 11, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
- "Dodge Theatre becomes Comerica Theatre". Phoenix Business Journal. October 7, 2010. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
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