Venue under former signage
|Former names||Dodge Theatre|
2002 – September 2010
|Address||400 W Washington St|
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
|Owner||JDM Partners, City of Phoenix|
(managed by Phoenix Downtown Theatre LLC)
(operated by Live Nation)
|Opened||April 11, 2002|
Comerica Theatre (formerly Dodge Theatre) is a multi-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.
Mexican pop singer Paulina Rubio performed here on May 14, 2005, on her "Pau-Lenques" tour in support of her 2004 album Pau-Latina. Lorde brought her Pure Heroine Tour to the theatre on April 17, 2014, performing here in between her two shows at Coachella.
Janet Jackson performed a sold-out show at the theatre on April 8, 2011, as part of her Number Ones, Up Close and Personal World Tour. She returned to the theatre on October 19, 2015, as part of her Unbreakable World Tour.
Lana Del Rey performed her first show in Arizona at the theatre on April 15, 2014, as part of her Paradise Tour. Latin singer Yuridia performed here on November 21, 2012, as part of her Para Mí Tour.
- Padgett, Mike Dodge Theatre hopes to raise curtain on big-time shows Phoenix Business Journal January 27, 2002. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
- Dodge Theatre hits 2 million in attendance since 2002 Archived 2013-08-13 at Archive.today Downtown Phoenix April 30, 2009. 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.
- Accomazzo, David (April 18, 2014). "Lorde - Comerica Theatre - 4/17/2014". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
- Escoto, Mike (April 9, 2011). "Janet Jackson at Comerica Theatre Last Night". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
- Hampp, Andrew (June 15, 2015). "Janet Jackson Announces 'Unbreakable World Tour'". Billboard. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
- Louvau, Jim (April 16, 2014). "Lana Del Rey at Comerica Theatre, 4/15/14". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
Thousands of fans packed a sold-out Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix last night to catch a rare performance from singer Elizabeth Grant aka Lana Del Rey in between her Coachella stops.
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