Hollywood Bowl theater now opens at 8am

The Hollywood Bowl theater area now opens up at 8am.  As one who enjoys walking the Hollywood Bowl weekend mornings at 7AM, I was surprised to see the barricades. At first I thought it might be due to the plaza construction however the next weekend a sign appeared explaining the lack of early morning access.

“The policy in place was created by the LA Phil to ensure the safety and security of all of our visitors to the Hollywood Bowl,” said Leni Boorstin, director of community and government affairs for the L.A. Philharmonic.  While the land is controlled by the Los Angles County, the LA Phil owns the Hollywood Bowl.

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Playboy Jazz Festival tickets on sale now

Tickets for the 39th Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl went on sale today.  The two-day music festival, hosted by George Lopez, is set for Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th.  

Today the LA Phil announced the full line-up and order of appearance for both days. The show starts at 3PM both days and goes until 10:30pm.  There are still great seats including Terrace Boxes at face value.  Many folks love heading to the top of the Hollywood Bowl where seats start at just $21.  Remember this is a LA Phil sponsored event so bring alcohol is allowed.  Just be sure to follow the cooler size restrictions Check here for house rules.

Looking forward to seeing TajMo (The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band!

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Hollywood Bowl Box Office Plaza construction

The Hollywood Bowl Box Office Plaza renovation is well underway.  Looks like the construction crews are even working Saturdays to get the updated plaza completed for the first performance on May 5th.

The Hollywood Bowl Box Office Plaza is being remodeled to include a new food court, expanded picnic area, an updated Hollywood Bowl store and a modernized  Box Office.

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2017 Hollywood Bowl season announced

This morning the LA Philharmonic announced the 2017 Hollywood Bowl Season schedule.  Among the shows are perennials like John Williams, Diana Krall and Tchaikovsky.  The live-score films in 2017 are Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  The live stage performance for 2017 is Mamma Mia!

Notables for the 2017 Hollywood Bowl season are Tony Bennett, a 70s revival of sorts featuring Kook & the Gang, Morris Day & the Time and the Village People, Steve Winwood with Marvis Staples, Blondie with Garbage and Jewel.

Dudamel will conduct nine concerts at the Bowl, the most yet! The Fireworks Finale this year is The Muppets Take the Bowl.  Waka waka!

The complete 2017 Hollywood Bowl Season schedule is up at the Hollywood Bowl site. Countdown to Open Night at the Hollywood Bowl begins!

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Opening Night & Movie Night performances set

The LA Philharmonic have announced that the Moody Blues will be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame on Hollywood Bowl Opening Night, Saturday, June 24th.  The Moody Blues are celebrating their 50th Anniversary. There will of course be fireworks and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will be conducted by Thomas Wilkins.

In addition the LA Phil announced that this year’s Movie Night, held on Sunday, September 17th will be Hollywood Bowl Movie Night John Williams: Maestro of the Movies.  As in the past David Newman will start the evening conducting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to featured film clips. 

Both nights are always enjoyable. Nothing compares to John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl talking about the movies he has scored.

 

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Hollywood Bowl Box Office Plaza renovation

Next up for the Hollywood Bowl is the complete renovation of the Box Office Plaza. During the off-season the Box Office Plaza will be remodeled to include a new marketplace and expanded picnic area, an updated Hollywood Bowl store and a modernized  Box Office (I hope they fix they window speakers … lol). It is nice to see that each year they do major upkeep on the property.

Here is the before photo.  Looking forward to the post renovation photo!

Hollywood Bowl Box Office Plaza

 

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2017 Playboy Jazz Festival

Save the dates for the 39th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival, June 10 & 11, 2017.  Priority order forms for box and bench seats will be sent in early January. The all-star line-up will be announced in March!  Official Hollywood bowl link for the Playboy Jazz Festival.

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Hollywood Bowl 2017 season renewals

It is that time of year.  Right before the Thanksgiving holiday, Hollywood Bowl renewals for the 2017 season start today.  Renewing early does provide some good benefits.  First you get your name on the upgrade list for better seats.  Second you get to purchase tickets now for “subscriber add-on” concerts.

Opening Night with Fireworks

Sing-A-Ling Sound of Music

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Pentatonix (July 2, 3 and 4)

Smooth Summer Jazz

The LA Phil also upgraded the My Account web portal.  It is much cleaner and easier to use than the old site. A welcome upgrade.

 

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2017 Hollywood Bowl price increases

Ticket prices for the Hollywood Bowl are on the rise for the 2017 season.  The LA Country Board of Supervisors cited increased production costs such as marketing, labor and talent fees.

Most seats will increase $1 to $2. Even with the 2017 bump 40% of tickets sold will still be $29 or less for weekday performances and $35 or less for weekend concerts.  As with the price increase in 2016 the most affected are the Hollywood Bowl Box and Pool circle seats. The best seats in the house will increase by up to $7 for Saturday performances and $10 for special events.  This means that the best seats at the Hollywood Bowl for a Saturday performance will be $196 ($340 for special events).

Parking costs will not change.

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Hollywood Bowl mobile apps updated

HOLLYWOOD BOWL MOBILE APPThe Hollywood Bowl has updated their mobile apps this week. If you already have the Hollywood Bowl mobile app installed on your device the new and improved version will not be automatically installed.  Instead you must go either to the Apple Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and explicitly download this updated version. Don’t forget to delete the older version from you mobile device.

The new app has a more modern look and feel as well as expanded functionality.

You can find the new mobile app here.

 

 

 

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