Get your rock n’ roll groove on at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, where regular concerts keep Miami’s music lovers sated. Today the venue hosts major acts spanning all manner of live performances, from music acts like Nick Jonas and Korn, to TV personalities like Craig Ferguson.
Now operated by Live Nation, that monolith of live events, the Fillmore actually has a storied history that’s as entertaining as the current performers who grace its stage.
“Miami Beach audiences are the greatest in the world!”
First opened in 1950 as The Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium, the venue was one of Miami Beach’s see-and-be-seen hot spots. It wasn’t unusual to see the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, and Jack Benny in the audience at the music and comedy performances, and even boxing matches.
In the 1960s, as televisions became increasingly popular in America’s households, the Auditorium played host to tapings of The Dick Clark Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants. When Jackie Gleason was given the opportunity to film his show in the theater, he declared, “Miami Beach audiences are the greatest in the world!”
We’re pretty sure his words still ring as awesomely true today as they did more than a half century ago.