The Fillmore Auditorium

If you ever wanted to see a great band in a small but stellar venue while standing in the ambiance of classic rockers, soul musicians, and poets from the 60’s, catch a show at The Fillmore Auditorium.  This classic hall–known for hosting shows by a who’s who of performers including Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Aretha Franklin—is a landmark of the San Francisco music scene.

As an example of The Fillmore’s iconic status and longevity, consider that 42 years after Jim Morrison of The Doors pronounced himself Lizard King on The Fillmore’s stage in 1967, former band-mates Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek once again lit up the crowd with classic Doors.

From the outside The Fillmore is not overtly distinctive, but the inside is striking.

The Fillmore at the Corner of Geary and Fillmore
The Fillmore at the Corner of Geary and Fillmore

Hundreds of colorful photographs of performers and posters cover the walls, including classic acts like Jimmy Hendrix and modern performers like The Smashing Pumpkins, Lila Downs, and Wilco. The hall itself has an open floor and a few balconies and holds about a 1000 concert-goers, making for an intimate experience and a great view from wherever you are. It also has a full bar and a coat check.

Fillmore Wall
Fillmore Wall

A few idiosyncratic traditions unique to The Fillmore are the personal staff greeters who welcome you to the show and the small, free posters given out after the show as you leave, harkening back to the famous psychedelic art promotional posters from the 1960’s.

Founded by music promoter legend Bill Graham, the Fillmore has gone through various incarnations since the 1960’s. After moving to a location on Van Ness Ave., the old place became The Elite Club until Graham began hosting bands at the original location in the late 1980’s.  After earthquake damage closed the building in 1989, it reopened in 1994 and has been drawing first-class performances and dedicated fans since.

If you are in town, see who is performing and try to catch a show at this special venue with a unique vibe.

Attraction Information:

Location: 1805 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94115

Contact: (415) 346-6000

Tickets: www.livenation.com

Box Office Open on Sundays

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~ by Ryan Van Lenning on June 1, 2009.

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