There is a certain thing about Denver. And that is, it as a constantly changing scene for entertainment. One of the staples though is the Fillmore Auditorium located at 1510 Clarkson St in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Denver, Co.
Currently it is a music venue providing many people with live music or stand up comics. I have been there several times, both in the main floor area and behind the stage meeting some of the people that perform for the people of Denver. In December you have the chance to catch The Judds with Wynona on December 8th, The Dave Matthews Band on the 9th and Dark Star Orchestra on the 11th. It’s a great place to have a good time and I know you will surely enjoy the general admission policy they have; it has the largest general admission seating in Colorado.
But what was it before it became the Fillmore? That isn’t such an easy question to answer because it has been many different things in it’s 103 years of existence. It opened in 1907 as a roller rink, named Mammoth Roller Skating Rink but closed in the spring of 1910 and the kids at East High School no longer had a place to spend their afternoons.
Soon after it closed it became the home to the Fritchle Automotive and Battery Company. From 1910 to 1917 Fritchle produced nearly 500 cars, the first of which was purchased by Molly Brown; a resident of Capital Hill and a survivor of the Titanic’s only voyage.
After closing in October 1917 it just sat there with no business or occupancy until it was purchased by Irving Jacob. Naming it the Mammoth Garden Roller Club; they offered ice skating, basketball, hockey and other various sports. But once again it closed and several other businesses had occupied the facility and at times it just sat there vacant.
In 1967 concert promoter Stuart Green purchased the building, shortened the name to Mammoth Gardens and the ice rink became a nightclub. Green hoped that the venue could compete with Bill Graham and his Fillmore Franchise he worked with Barry Fey and brought such acts as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, The Grateful Dead and other national acts. During a performance of Jethro Tull a patient from a nearby hospital escaped, got into the kitchen of the venue and started stabbing himself in the chest. The club closed in 1970 with a ‘Bad Juju’ reputation. The Venue had brief stints as other venues under the same name and also named Mammoth Events Center; it was even a Farmers’ Market in 1976.
Irony struck in 1999 when Bill Graham and Chuck Morris purchased the building and named it the Fillmore Auditorium, the very people Stuart Green wanted to compete with. It was met with a big fanfare though; many people on Capital Hill and Denver already had plenty of venues to watch performances and the controversy began. But, with all the complaints of it’s sound and the awkward stage, it was renovated and opened, once again, but this time as the Fillmore Auditorium on May 19, 1999 with The Trey Anastasio Band. It continues to be one of the best places in Denver to catch a great show.