Beach Planning Commission: Gleason Can Go

In the Miami Herald Christina Veiga reports that Miami Beach’s Planning Board is OK with demolishing the historic Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater as part of the redevelopment of the city’s 52-acre convention center district. Veiga’s story also includes detailed accounts of the two development plans and the Planning Board’s responses to them.

The Planning Board’s recommendations are not binding on the Miami Beach City Commission, which will also hear from the public before it votes on the redevelopment plans on July 17.

The  Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater is more than sixty years old and is best known as the home of “The Jackie Gleason Show,” which was taped there in the 1960s. Its history as  music venue is long and storied.

The Wolfson Archives’ collections go back way farther than Jackie Gleason. The clip above, from a 1951 travelogue, “The Miami Beach Story,” features shots of the Miami Beach Auditorium when it was new. Also featured: The Nautilus Hotel; Saint Francis Hospital; the City Library (now the Bass Museum); a Washington Avenue streetscape and more.

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