Best Of Tucson®

Best Indoor Venue

Rialto Theatre

The Rialto has been delivering popular performing and cinematic arts to the hoi polloi since it opened with vaudeville shows in 1920. Historic as it is, its stewards have sensibly resisted making it an upscale artifact. Instead, they've tweaked the acoustics, added air conditioning and given it new life as the best big rock club between Los Angeles and Austin, Texas. Much-needed refurbishing has freshened its appearance (age needn't look shabby) and updated the aesthetics with touches of popular whimsy: a pink bathroom for girls; blue for boys; and especially the Hilary Meehan's cheerful, sky- blue ceiling mural in the lobby: "Evolutionary Kinetic Status Report in the Key of Blue." Just for fun, look for its hair dryer and comb.

Runners up:

2. Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., 624-1515,

3. Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., 798-1298,