The Marquis Theater is the second venue I opened in February 2006. We were still booking shows at Rock Island at the time, but we were ready to make a change and the Marquis came available. It was a risk but we were ready for it. The neighborhood at the time was pretty sketchy. We were one of like 3 businesses on the street so there wasn’t a lot of foot traffic, but that didn’t matter because we were a destination. Book the right shows and people will come. And they did. Our first show at the Marquis was with Bayside. I remember sweeping up from the light re-model we had been doing over the past few weeks. We tossed the last bit of sawdust into the trash and opened the doors for the band to load in. It was down to the wire! I think the next show we did was with a band called The Veronicas. That was not significant, but the opening band was. They were 3 brothers (all pretty young at the time) called The Jonas Brothers. Who knew what would become of them.
And away we went. Shows almost every night and people were in love with the place.
We needed to serve food because we had a certain type of liquor license that required it. We worked with the guys at Benny Blanco’s Pizza early on to provide food at the club. As time wore on, it wasn’t working out and we went our separate ways. What to do now? Well, we had a full blown pizza kitchen and in the DIY spirit that we still possess, we launched Marquis Pizza. My friend Dave was a Chef and I hired him to create the recipes and train the staff. Viola! I’m in the pizza business! I can’t say I wanted to be in the pizza business (I was in the music business), but it was the best thing that could have happened. Today, Marquis Pizza is a huge success. We have lines out the door and the reviews are amazing. People love it!
As for the venue, we have been open for 10 years and the club is coming off its best year yet. The list of bands that have played the Marquis is as long as it is impressive. We are open almost every night and The Marquis continues to thrive despite the swell of deep pocketed competition. The Marquis is a special place. It’s a venue for the people and it’s a great place to see a show. We continue to re-invest in the club to make it the best place possible and we are proud of the community that supports us. We hope you’ll come hang out and see a show at the Marquis. If not, at least come and get a slice, you’ll love it.
Valid ID is required if you plan on drinking at our bar. You must be over 21 years old and your ID must be a current, government issued ID (e.g. driver's license, passport, or military ID).
Camera policies are different for every concert. It is best to contact us on the day of the show to find out what the camera policy will be for that night.
No outside food or beverages are allowed into the venue.
No weapons of any kind are allowed into the venue.
For the safety of our guests, all patrons may be searched upon entry to the Marquis Theatre.
Box office and will call open 1 hour before doors.
Tickets are available for purchase at our box office every night we have a show while supplies last.
For ADA seating please arrive just before doors are open so we can assure you get seated and set-up comfortably.
The Marquis is general admission and mostly standing room only. There are a limited number of bar stools and tables available as well, on a first come first serve basis. There is no reserved seating.
The Marquis Theater is unable to verify or guarantee the authenticity of tickets that were not purchased directly through an authorized sales channel (i.e. The Marquis Theater box office, Summit Music Hall box Office, Black Sheep box office or through
There are a number of pay parking lots located around the venue (Costs to park may vary). You may also park at the Guaranty Bank Lot (located on the corner of 18th and Market. Ask one of our bartenders for a voucher and your parking is only $5.00. Finally, you can park on the street, but please note the parking meters have a 2 hour limit.