The Winterland Ballroom

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Former Location –
The Winterland Ballroom was an old ice skating rink in San Francisco, it was located at the corner of Post Street and Steiner Street and was later was taken over by rock promoter Bill Graham, and became legendary for the shows that happened there.

Bands such as The Rolling Stones, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, The Jefferson Airplane, and Elvis Costello played there, the latter in support of his Armed Forces album. A great number of the best-known rock acts from the 1960s and 1970s played Winterland or played two blocks away across Geary Boulevard at the original Fillmore Auditorium. The building had a capacity of 5,400 people.

The Grateful Dead made Winterland their home base, also, the Sex Pistols played their last show there on January 14, 1978. The Band played their famous and incredible last show “The Last Waltz” with numerous guest performers, including Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and many others.

Winterland closed on New Years 1978/79 with a concert by the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and the Blues Brothers. It was torn down a few years later, and was replaced by apartment condominiums and a Burger King.

The Winterland Ballroom

Post & Steiner Streets
San Francisco CA 94115