Yep, the stage placement is nice...but the height of the thing will inflict some incredible bruises. There is ZERO crowd control for the hordes of 13 and 14 year old kids from North Metro who come to the place. The pizza is bangin if I might say so myself, but it would be epic if they had a patio or something for the under-21 smokers. Definitely the worst part is the scene. Hordes of 13 and 14 year old emos in the tightest and brightest pants imaginable gushing about how amazing BrokeNCYDE is or how they want to do Gerard Way. I'm dead thankful I was rescued and transplanted to Beta.
Best All-Ages Venue - 2008
The thought of sending naive teenagers into the heart of the Ballpark neighborhood can be daunting for parents. But thanks to Soda Jerk Presents' Mike Barsch and Ben Davis, such apprehension is unfounded when it comes to the Marquis Theater. Although all ages are welcome, the longtime promoters, who successfully put on all-ages shows at Tulagi and Rock Island for years before taking over here, clearly cater to the underage set. Barsch and Davis consistently put together stacked bills of emerging acts that appeal to the MySpace generation. Younger fans are ushered into a massive area in front of the stage that has clear sightlines and is completely separate from the space occupied by folks of legal drinking age — and the shows end well before the witching hour.