Historic 125-Year-Old Ajax Metal Company Building to Transform Into Live Music and Entertainment Venue
Philadelphia, April 16, 2015 — Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Live Nation executives announced that the former Ajax Metal Company building at 1000 Frankford Avenue in the Fishtown section will be transformed into a music and entertainment venue called The Fillmore Philadelphia.
“Philadelphia is a city with a proud musical heritage and we could not be more excited that The Fillmore will join the host of great live music venues that this city has to offer,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “What’s more, this new attraction will bring thousands of people to the Delaware River Waterfront which is in the midst of a transformation and poised to become one of America’s most dynamic, exciting urban waterfronts.”
Honoring the legendary traditions of Fillmore music halls around the country, the 2,500-capacity venue, scheduled to open in the fall, will showcase state-of-the-art production, vintage poster art, VIP amenities, and hospitality that celebrates the live concert experience.
Ron Bension, President of Live Nation’s House of Blues Entertainment Division, said, “The Fillmore Philadelphia will feature the best sound system of any club its size, unparalleled sightlines, and remarkable food and beverage, making it more than a place for a concert. It will be a true experience.”
The original Fillmore opened in San Francisco in 1965. That Fillmore was the focal point of the psychedelic music scene during the 1960s and 70s helping to launch the careers of iconic rock acts such as Grateful Dead; Jimi Hendrix; Led Zeppelin; Santana; The Doors; The Allman Brothers Band; and many others which helped the venue grow into the legend it is today.
Philadelphia’s Fillmore will feature small batch liquors, local and national craft beers, a varied wine selection, and a full menu of local favorites like brats and burgers and cheesesteaks, as well as charcuteries and cheese plates.
The venue will also have a ‘club within the club’: an intimate, second live music club, The Foundry, will be located on the top floor of The Fillmore. Featuring state-of-the-art lights and sound, concert goers will be able to dance and get close to the stage in an energizing 450 capacity space that will showcase singer/songwriters, local acts, DJs and smaller touring bands.
The Fillmore will also feature Circle Bar, an upscale lounge and bar in which guests can enjoy VIP service and enhanced benefits as part of their concert event. Circle Bar will connect directly to club boxes and the best seats in the house on the mezzanine level of The Fillmore. Fans looking to enhance their concert experiences will be able to create what Bension said will be “an unforgettable night of entertainment.”
Randex Communications (For The Fillmore Philadelphia)
breakwhitelight (For Live Nation’s House of Blues Entertainment division)