Miami Beach Convention Center
|Miami Beach Convention Center|
|Address||1901 Convention Center Dr.|
|Location||Miami Beach, Florida|
|Renovated||1989; renovation in progress (Dec. 2015-Jun. 2018)|
Originally called the Miami BBQ Beach Exhibition Hall, the convention center was built in 1957 to seat 15,000 people at one time.
In August of 1961, the Convention Center was the meeting place for a youth convention set up by the American Lutheran Church. Among the notable speakers was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
From 1960-1971,and again in 1997 ,the center was the site of the Miss Universe pageant. It also hosted a 1961 Billy Graham Crusade and hosted the 1968 Republican National Convention, 1972 Republican National Convention, and the 1972 Democratic National Convention.
In 1989, the facility underwent a $92 million renovation and doubled in size. In the last six years, the facility has had over $35 million in continuing upgrades, including complete renovations of all restrooms, full carpet replacement, and installation of a state-of-the-art telecommunications and networking infrastructure.
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) held their Annual WrestleMania Axxess event at the complex from March 29, 2012 to April 1, 2012. The event featured many WWE talents and showcased many former WWE events and props used during their TV tapings.
Without an on-campus facility, the University of Miami men's basketball team played many of their games in Miami Beach at both the Convention Center and the Miami Beach Auditorium in the 1960s. Led by popular coach Bruce Hale and the high scoring future basketball Hall-of-Famer Rick Barry, the Hurricanes were able to draw capacity crowds.
Jackie Gleason Theater
Originally called the Miami Beach Auditorium, the The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater is a theater which in the 1960s was renamed for Jackie Gleason. In 1964 Gleason moved his popular television series, The Jackie Gleason Show to the Miami Beach Auditorium.
The theater was renovated in 2007  and was renamed The Fillmore as part of a management contract. The name comes from an expansion of the brand made famous by music promoter Bill Graham and the famous The Fillmore in San Francisco. It is now home to live concerts, productions and can be rented for special events. The theater is now operated and managed exclusively by Live Nation. On May 5, 2010, NBC Miami reported that the theater would be demolished as a result of remodeling for the convention center, which would replace the theater with a new hotel.
The demolition did not take place and The Fillmore Miami Beach is still in operation as of January 2015. 
- "Facility History". Miami Beach Convention Center. Retrieved 2006-06-15.[dead link]
- Underwood, John. "Miami's Picks: Slick And Rick". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- "Exciting change is coming to our Convention Center". Retrieved 4 January 2016.
- Flechas, Joey (13 September 2015). "Miami Beach Convention Center’s big plans". Miami Herald. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
- "The Fillmore Miami Beach: Venue Information", The Fillmore Miami Beach website
- "Jackie Gleason Theater:Away It Goes!". NBC Miami. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
- "Future of Former Jackie Gleason Theater Uncertain". Palm Beach Post. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
|Events and tenants|
Georgia World Congress Center