Fillmore — also known as Fillmore: The Last Days, and as Last Days of the Fillmore — is a music documentary film, primarily shot at the Fillmore West auditorium in San Francisco, California, from June 29 through July 4, 1971.[2] It was released on June 14, 1972.[3][4]

Fillmore DVD cover
Directed byRichard T. Heffron
Eli F. Bleich
Produced byHerbert F. Decker[1]
StarringBill Graham
Grateful Dead
Jefferson Airplane
Hot Tuna
Quicksilver Messenger Service
CinematographyAlan Capps
Albert Kihn
Paul Lohmann
Eric Saarinen
Edited byEli F. Bleich
Richard Clarke
Daniel Halas
Charles Tetoni
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • June 14, 1972 (1972-06-14)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States

Fillmore documents the final run of concerts at the Fillmore West, which closed after these shows. It features performances by a number of rock bands that emerged from the San Francisco music scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s, including Santana, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, and Quicksilver Messenger Service. The film also contains extensive footage of concert promoter Bill Graham, who organized the concerts and ran the Fillmore West. Additionally, the film includes documentary footage shot several years earlier in and around San Francisco, showing the emergence of the music scene there amid the counterculture of the 1960s and the hippie movement.[5]

Fillmore was shot on 16 mm film and was released in a widescreen format with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. It makes frequent use of split screen images.

Fillmore was released on DVD by Rhino Records on June 2, 2009.[5][6][7][8] At 94 minutes, the DVD version of the film differs from the original 105 minute theatrical release (released on VHS by All Star Video Corp.), omitting contentious scenes of Bill Graham's interactions with Boz Scaggs, Mike Wilhelm of The Charlatans [9] and a performance of "I'll Be Long Gone" by Boz Scaggs.



Fillmore: The Last Days, a live album of music selected from the same run of concerts, was released as a three-disc vinyl LP box set in 1972.[2][10] It was released as a two-disc CD in 1991. The audio version differs from the film significantly. The original box featured an actual Fillmore ticket, a poster, and a booklet with liner notes, pictures of some concert posters, and a list of all the Fillmore and Fillmore West concerts. Also included in the box is a single with a Bill Graham interview.



The DVD version of Fillmore includes full or partial performances by these bands, in order of appearance:[11]

*Jefferson Airplane did not perform at the final series of concerts at the Fillmore West. The band's footage in the film is from another show.



The last concerts to take place at the Fillmore West, in 1971, were:[2]

See also



  1. ^ "Biography: Bert Decker", Decker Communications. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Fillmore: The Last Days album at the Grateful Dead Family Discography
  3. ^ Fillmore at AllMovie
  4. ^ Thompson, Howard. Fillmore movie review, The New York Times, June 15, 1972
  5. ^ a b Ferdman, Brian. Fillmore DVD review,, July 1, 2009
  6. ^ Collette, Doug. Fillmore DVD review, All About Jazz, September 13, 2009
  7. ^ Bacharach, Phil. Fillmore DVD review, DVDTalk, July 4, 2009
  8. ^ Cost, Jud. "Thanks for the Memories: Bill Graham and the Fillmore West", Blurt, June 5, 2009
  9. ^ Heuck, Mark Edward. Fillmore site demolition and film production history,, February 17, 2019. Retrieved August 30, 2021.
  10. ^ Planer, Lindsay. Fillmore: The Last Days album review, Allmusic
  11. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Fillmore DVD review, Allmusic