1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411537.784104 -122.433461
Neighborhoods: Western Addition, Central North
Avoid this venue – Do NOT patronize Live Nation or its Affliates!
I was absolutely humiliated at The Fillmore SF when I went to pick up my will call ticket for A Perfect Circle on Nov. 16th. My brother gave me a great birthday gift this year. Although it was a late present, he purchased a Meet and Greet ticket for me. When we realized the ticket had his name on it and was only able to picked up via will call, my brother called LiveNation to resolve the name issue. We were given specific instructions on how to address this problem. Live Nation said that I should take a copy of my brother's credit card and the print out of the Live Nation confirmation page to the venue on the night of the show to pick up the ticket. My brother even went as far as making a copy of his credit card, license, confirmation page, and confirmation email for me to take along as I flew from St. Louis, MO to San Francisco, CA for the show.
When the box office opened for the Meet and Greet ticket holders only, I was belittled as I presented all the information Live Nation instructed me to have. I was accused of stealing my brother's wallet and ticket information. As I explained the instructions given to me by my brother from Live Nation, the woman in the box office kept interrupting me, accusing me of nonsensical senerios. Her tone was not professional in the least bit. She was yelling at me as if I were an idiot for flying across the country in attempts to steal my brother's will call ticket. When I was not able to name the person my brother spoke to at Live Nation, she ended her accusations with calling me a liar. "Now you're lying to me. You're a liar! You don't need to lie," is what I had to endure since she held my ticket. I was afraid that she wouldn't let me retrieve the will call ticket if I stopped her from talking down to me and calling me a liar. So, I stood there while she yelled at me in front of everyone for no good reason. It was embarrassing, unprofessional, disrepectful and uncalled-for.
Unless you appreciate being called a liar and a thief by the woman running the box office, please spend your money with other venues.
Turn it up! – I have been to a few concerts at The Fillmore and I really enjoy the venue. No matter where you stand, you always have an amazing view. I find it to get a little bit sweaty/crowded downstairs, so if you like a more quiet and spacious area, watch the concerts from the balcony. They have tables and chairs and a bar up there. The best part about The Fillmore is you get a great poster from the concert after the show.
If you enjoy live music, you HAVE to see a show here – The Fillmore is the best place to see live music in San Francisco. They get great bands and since the main floor is standing room only, you can get a good view from many different spots. There are two bars downstairs and two upstairs so you never have to fight for a drink. Food is offered upstairs and the neighborhood boasts several great restaurants. Did I mention the purple chandeliers and free apples? Don't leave early or you'll miss the famous Fillmore concert poster!
O-K – The place is nice and clean. The staff are friendly. The music is good plus there are a lot of information there.
Where history and music are one – I've been the venue for a couple concerts. Each time I really enjoyed attending. I like the fact you can feel close to the performers no matter where you stand. Plus, you have your pick of a number of vantage points, whether on the floor or on the balcony. Since the place has pictures of past performers all over, I could get a sense of the historical relevance of The Fillmore as a music venue. I'm looking forward to next time I go.
Staff make guests feel like children – The staff micro-managed the guests, constantly saying, "you can't stand there/please move to the side/etc." I have never felt like such a child! Even if the directions were in the interest of safety/fire safety and making sure people can get drinks, there must be a better way to ensure this than hounding guests and contstantly reprimanding us for standing too long by the bar, talking to another guest in the wrong place, and so on. If they could have they would have put hats on us and made us sit in the corner for time-out. l It really put a damper on our overall experience at the Fillmore.
P.S. Maybe the Fillmore should pay more attention to all the guests smoking the grass in the venue than guests standing for too long at the bar!
good food, crowed -no seats, unfriendly workers – I went to Tesla last night and they rocked, but they did not give out posters which was not fair. Ithought every event gave out posters?
Historic venue ruined by craptastic security thugs, bad sound, & coasting on past greatness – Yes, great bands play at the Fillmore because of its history. However, there's nothing great about it other than the bands. You can't hear the performances because the ceilings are so high and they don't have adequate sound baffling. Drinks are sky high and teeny tiny. But the worst thing about the Fillmore are the ex and future convicts who 'run' security. They're rude, shamelessly flirt with women (making them uncomfortable), and most importantly, will brutally attack a man for little or no reason. It's disgusting. Do they break up fights? Usually no, they'll let guys yell and shove each other until someone is actually hurt or on the floor. They will START a fight, however, and team up on anyone unlucky enough to have come to the show alone. I yelled something supportive to a performer recently and he responded favorably. Next thing I knew three security thugs had yoked me around the neck and were dragging me out. I'm disabled and told them so but they didn't care. I just filed assault charges with SF's least finest (aka SFPD) who didn't seem to care, but I've read many reviews about how jerky the security is. Never believed it til now. I'm going to pursue those charges against the Fillmore security. They have no business hiring people like that and no right letting them assault sober customers without cause. Do yourself a favor and stay away from that place until they drastically change their security policies, which currently seem to allow criminal behavior from those who should be protecting the audience, not assaulting members of it.
Blues Traveler – First show I've been to in a while and my first time to The Fillmore. We had a good time. The band was great (but maybe a little loud). But you know what they say, "If it's too loud. You're too old!" Lol - guess I'm getting a bit older. The crowd was good and the security/servers/bartenders were nice enough. One criticism besides the volume, is that it was pretty expensive to drink. Would I go back? Yeah, probably if the right ticket came around.
Security people are terrible! – Good God! Where in the world did they hire the security guys from? From the street? They look like the mob and act like the mob. There was this big stupid,drunk/high guy in the crowd who was rubbing the girls around him and despite my multiple complaints to the "security" they didn't do anything!
One of them was actually drinking! I couldn't believe it! He put the glass down and said he was gonna come to remove him, which of course he never did. The other one said: I don't see him doing that!
Maybe they didn't want to go to him because
he was one of them, or he was big and they were scared.
Needless to say my friend and I had to move to another section to stay away. I am not going back to this place.
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