City: San Francisco
Neighborhood: Western Addition
Address: 1805 Geary Blvd.
Closed doors in: 1968
Famous for: Housing all the top '60s psychedelic bands
In the mid-1960s, the original Fillmore Auditorium became the focal point for psychedelic music and '60s youth subculture, housing bands like Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more. The venue didn't just showacase rock acts but also featured jazz virtuoso Miles Davis, timeless songstress Aretha Franklin, and soul singer Otis Redding and poetry readings. When the Fillmore was relocated to the Fillmore West in 1968, the Elite Club was moved into the original Fillmore's location. Ran by '80s punk promoter Paul Rat, the Elite Club showcased bands like Bad Religion, Black Flag, Bad Brains, and more. Bill Graham, the owner of the Fillmore chains, died in a helicopter crash in 1991, but his remaining wish was to reopen the original location of the Fillmore. His wish was fulfilled in 1994, when the original Fillmore Auditorium finally reopened after nearly 30 years with performances from the Smashing Pumpkins and Primus.