After closing its doors last year due to a major renovation (you might have not even noticed), Marquee finally reopened on Wednesday, January 16th. The club originally opened almost a decade ago, helping spawn the nightclub boom along W. 27th Street and leading to the opening of two more Marquee outposts in Las Vegas and Australia.
The old Marquee has been completely gutted, with the ceiling heights throughout the club being raised to an unheard 30 feet high while the front wall is dominated by a 24-foot LED screen which flashes and pops and keeps the energy up. Some say it looks like a mini version of Marquee Las Vegas compressed into a New York sized space. The old wall separating the top floor from the main room has been removed, re-creating a version of the Library rooms in the other Marquees and holding a series of tables staggered in a stadium seating like manner overlooking the main floor and with a prime view of the DJ and video and light system.
The main room has also lost the permanent horseshoe of banquettes that were the big sellers in the old club. On some nights there will be a few tables in that area, but those tables will be cleared out when Marquee has major DJs performing to create a dance floor capable of holding several hundred people. There are some other little touches too, like Mike D. designed Brooklyn wallpaper in one bathroom, and scratch and sniff wallpaper in another.
Marquee celebrated their grand re-opening this week with DJ Vice on the ones and two’s and numerous celebrities coming by to show love including Busta Rhymes, Selita Ebanks, Marc Anthony and Swizz Beatz.
Marquee has also brought a version of its light and sound system from Las Vegas in an effort to create a unique show to New York. The club expects to have bigger EDM DJs on the weekends, where it will be selling entry for anywhere from $20 to $40 per night, along with its normal bottle service offerings for anywhere between 20 and 25 tables. The rest of the programming is still being finalized.
For now Marquee is definitely a spot to check out; however, only the future will tell if the club will continue to amaze their party-goers.