Dating back to 1950, the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, has long been a destination for some the biggest names in entertainment.
In its early days, stars like Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Jack Benny all graced the stage at what was then called the Miami Beach Auditorium.
The 1960s brought a change to the the venue, as an onslaught of variety and talk shows became popular in a decade remembered for hippies, Vietnam and the sexual revolution. Iconic programs including The Ed Sullivan Show and The Dick Clark Show all aired from the theater along with early Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants.
Beginning in 1964, Jackie Gleason made it the home for his program, The Jackie Gleason Show, which became an iconic and influential force in American television history. The sketch comedy format mixed with various stand up bits by Gleason laid ground for Saturday Night Live, The Chapelle Show, Colbert Report and more.
Over the next few decades, the venue saw another evolution of programing where television airings made way for Broadway productions and pop concerts. In 2007, as part of an initiative by Live Nation to spread the brand of the storied Fillmore venues in New York and San Francisco, it took on its current moniker—The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. Its current programming consists mostly of musical acts ranging from EDM DJs to classic rock groups to pop singers.
For information on upcoming shows and tickets, check out the Fillmore Miami Beach website here.
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