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Published: 2007/05/21

The Fillmore at The Fillmore

New Yorks Irving Plaza is one of a handful of venues across the country to be recently rebranded the Fillmore. And, on June 12, the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza will look back at its predecessor, the Fillmore West, through a rare screening of the film Fillmore, The Last Days of the Closing of the Fillmore Auditorium, 1972. The event, which is produced by the Bill Graham Foundation in association with The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza, has only been shown once publicly since its original theatre run. The occasion will include a memorabilia silent auction, after party dancing and a light show by the Fillmores famed J.O.E.

The documentary, which was shot in the weeks leading up to the closing of San Franciscos Fillmore West in 1971, features performances by a number of seminal groups, including Santana, Grateful Dead, Boz Scaggs, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane, Elvin Bishop, New Riders of the Purple Sage and Beautiful Day, among others. The film also offers a look at Graham himself through interviews and rare backstage footage. The June 12 benefit will also feature commentary by Director Ely Bleich, as well as original staff from the Fillmore East and West. As is Fillmore tradition, a commemorative poster has been commissioned for the event.

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