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Hollywood Bowl Tickets

Hollywood Bowl is one of the largest outdoor amphitheaters in the US. It is more of a Los Angeles’ cultural landmark because of the diverse artistic events it offers year round in the city. The majestic outdoor amphitheater has been the host to many musicians and artists for more than a century and has become a major attraction for all kind of events, especially musical events in Los Angeles. The Bowl boasts of exceptional acoustics which has seen many emerging and renowned artists perform on its stage. The Bowl hosts number of concerts and events that witnesses all kind of artists and audiences from classical to jazz, pop and rock.  It has been the summer home of the LA Philharmonic since it opened, with performances by the orchestra held here every season from July to September. For a pleasant evening outdoors and some great music, get Hollywood Bowl tickets in time to enjoy outstanding music in the most breathtaking setting that offers beautiful view of the surroundings.                                                 


The Idea for the Bowl

Though the Hollywood Bowl opened in 1922, its history can be traced to 1916 when the idea to have a permanent amphitheater for large-scale performances was originally conceived. It all started with the tercentennial commemoration of Shakespeare’s death for which Julius Caesar was performed in Beachwood Canyon in the Hollywood Hills by the Theosophical Society. The event generated a lot of interest and was a success. It paved way for further productions of the kind, including The Light of Asia in 1918 and other such events.

Pioneers of Hollywood Bowl

The organizer of the production of The Light of Asia was Christine Wetherill Stevenson, who is remembered for leading the way to the creation of the Hollywood Bowl. In 1919, Theatre Arts Alliance Inc. with Stevenson as President purchased 59 acres for $47,500 which was to become the future Hollywood Bowl. However, with growing differences Mrs. Stevenson resigned from her post and her contribution was reimbursed. The idea didn’t materialize, but was not forgotten either.

The very next year, in 1920, the Community Park and Arts Association with F.W. Blanchard as President stepped forward to build and run the Bowl. Other than Blanchard, other founding members were C.E. Toberman (vice-president) and Artie Mason Carter (secretary). These members purchased the land which was then called Daisy Dell and which is today known as the Hollywood Bowl.

Technically the first performance that took place here was the first Sunrise Service in 1921. Soon the place became a center of all kind of cultural gatherings where events like pageants, Shakespeare plays and choral programs were held even before it had officially opened. The Hollywood Bowl officially opened to public on July 11, 1922.


Initially the Bowl was very simple with a wooden platform for a stage and a canvas top. For seating, simple wooden benches were kept that could be moved around the place. Slowly the place saw improvements. In 1923, 150 box seats were introduced and then the next year the stage saw some changes. Greek columns, pergolas and urn along with other classical design elements were added.

In 1926, Allied Architects were given the task to upgrade the venue and they gave it the popular shell shape that still stands. Not that changes were not made to it too, in fact it was renovated the very first season because the shape created acoustic problems. The arched proscenium stage was improved and permanent stage facilities were provided along with a permanent seating space. With these changes in place the venue saw more people at its events. In 1936, an all-time attendance of 26,410 was recorded at the Bowl.

For some years several changes to the shell-shaped stage were made continuously in order to improve the acoustics and the aesthetics. At one point in time, the shell shape of the stage was replaced by a pyramid shape by Lloyd Wright. This was in 1928. Though it provided great acoustics, Lloyd Wright was asked to change the pyramid shape to a semi-circular shape in a manner that would make it look visually appealing and also provide great acoustics. The stage was changed again the next year. This time it was built by Allied Architects and did not change until 2003, although it was upgraded continuously.

The ring-shaped structure that stands now provides great acoustics with state-of-the-art audio equipment as well as video screens. The renovation task for this was given to the architectural firm Hodgetts & Fung which completed the project in 2004. Over the years, up gradations like LED screens, new benches, lighting etc have continued. The terrace boxes, garden boxes, and pool boxes have also been redone to enhance the overall experience.

Arena Details




Record Attendance (if available)


County of Los Angeles

Outdoor Amphitheater

17,500 Seats

All-time attendance record of 26,410 was set in 1936

The Allied Architects


From jazz and blues, opera to rock and pop as well as theater and dance - this stage has seen it all.  Each summer, LA Philharmonic takes stage here treating audiences to classics.  The resident Hollywood Bowl Orchestra which has around 80 to 100 talented musicians plays audience favorites.

Many famous artists and productions make their Hollywood Bowl debut each year. Over the years, many popular musicians have graced the historic stage that includes big names like Frank Sinatra, Radiohead, Aerosmith, Brian Wilson, Coldplay and the Beatles.

Other than concerts, a variety of events are conducted at the Bowl to keep the audiences coming. Attendees can enjoy jazz at the Hollywood Bowl that brings a star-studded lineup every summer featuring some jazz greats and new comers.

The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame is another exciting event that was established in 2000 as a fund raising event. This event is held each summer where the inductees are announced and their work is performed to honor them. The aim of the event was to pay tribute to artists who have made outstanding artistic contributions. Hall of Fame inductees include names like John Williams, Garth Brooks, Marilyn Horne, Monty Python, Bonnie Raitt, John Raitt, Stevie Wonder, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Patti Austin, John Legend and many more. Fourth of July is also celebrated at the Bowl where audiences can come to enjoy patriotic music.Apart from all these events one of the most unique and enjoyable experience is that of picnicking at the venue. It has become a pre-concert tradition and there are designated picnic areas that open four hours prior to the concert. If attendees want to enjoy their meals at their seats then that option is also available.

The aim of all these events is to provide a spectacular experience and that is what the attendees get. It does not come as a surprise that the Hollywood Bowl has been awarded “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue” by Pollstar for twelve continuous years.

Hollywood Bowl Group tickets

Spending a pleasant evening under the stars listening to your favorite music - that is the kind of experience you can look forward to at the Hollywood Bowl. It has become a favorite spot for music lovers to hang out during long summer nights. The venue is mostly packed but as it is a large amphitheater it hardly seems crowded. Concerts here usually begin at sunset and some feature fireworks as well, so one can imagine the beautiful ambiance at the Bowl. But why imagine when you can see it live. Make plans with your loved ones and friends to enjoy the upcoming events at the Bowl. Check for Hollywood Bowl Group tickets from the inventory that is updated regularly. There are bench seats, super seats and box seats available. Make sure to check the seating chart before you get your tickets.

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