Save the Jackie Gleason Theater!
A plan to revamp the Miami Beach Convention center includes demolishing The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater. Miami Beach needs this historic theater to keep quality live acts coming to Miami. Live Nation has done a great job in recent years bringing down fantastic national touring acts. Please help save this theater! Join the Facebook group now.
A community workshop is planned for 6 p.m. May 13 at room C220 of the Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr.
As many people as possible should attend the community workshop regarding the future of the convention center and the Fillmore/Jackie Gleason. This will take place on Thursday May 13 at 6pm at the Miami Beach Convention Center in room C220. What we learn at the workshop will determine whether or not we move forward with electronic and paper petitions. If we need to organize volunteers to attend Fillmore shows and collect signatures we will. In the meantime, feel free to contact the mayor, city manager and commissioners. Contact information: http://web.miamibeachfl.gov/elected
The former home of The Jackie Gleason Show could be history if a new option on the table for a Miami Beach Convention Center revamp gains public and political favor.Planners hired to draft a renovation and expansion plan for the convention center have proposed demolishing The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater in order to construct a convention center hotel on the site.
by Jake Cline
If there’s one thing Miami Beach needs, it’s another damn hotel. At least that appears to be the thinking of city leaders who, The Miami Herald reports, are considering tearing down the Fillmore Miami Beach as part of a plan to improve the nearby Miami Beach Convention Center. Located within walking distance of Lincoln Road, the New World Symphony and the beach, the Fillmore would be demolished and replaced with a convention-center hotel. This may come as bad news for fans of historic buildings, live music and one Sheriff Buford T. Justice. Until it underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation a few years ago, the Fillmore was known as the Jackie Gleason Theater, so named for the late actor who filmed his self-titled television show at the venue from 1964 to 1970 and portrayed the cantankerous, foul-mouthed, eminently quotable lawman in Smokey and the Bandit.
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Miami Beach leaders won’t have to wait until next month’s community workshop to receive feedback on an option to tear down The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater.More than 1,800 [now over 5500] have joined the “Save the Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater” Facebook page since news broke that consultants mapping a vision for a convention center expansion have proposed doing away with the live music venue. The site, an alternative to a northern location, isn’t set in stone.
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