The Rialto Theatre has been sweeping this category year after year--and for a good reason. Though it started as a film-screening haven in 1920, the rejuvenated yet vividly historical theater has been delivering memorable acts from the likes of Social Distortion, Andrew Bird and Tech N9ne--and that's just within the last year. By staying true to its original charm and aged appearance, the Rialto Theatre is an unforgettable setting to enjoy an outstanding performance. Every inch of the audience area is as intimate as the stage itself, and is perhaps one of the main reasons why this timeless venue keeps reigning at No. 1.
2. Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., 798-1298, www.plushtucson.com
3. Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, www.foxtucsontheatre.org
Vote of note: "Anywhere, now that there is no smoke!"