Box Seats

Every seat at the Hollywood Bowl brings its own unique experience.  That being said a garden or terrace box affords you your own private space to enjoy dinner, drinks and the performance.  Box seats are canvas collapsible chairs in groups of 4 or 6 (even a few 3 and 5) surrounded by wooden partitions.

Most people choose to set up two tables, one on each end.  This makes eating a full dinner much easier.  Setting these folding tables up (and making sure they are level) can be tricky.  Fortunately Bowl volunteers are quick to help.  They never ask for a tip but you just feeling good about giving them one.

Hollywood Bowl 4 person box dimensionsPhoto of Hollywood Bowl 4 person box

An alternate table set-up in a 4 person box is to set up a single table in the middle.  This configuration is used more for snacking than dinner.  be sure to ask for a center table as they are not usually in the box.

A 6 person box combines two end tables with a center table.  I have also seen people place the two end tables together on the back of the box like a buffet table.


Hollywood Bowl 6 person box dimensions

When picking a box for a show try and not get one on a main isle.  While the ushers do a great job keeping folks in order it can be very noisy during the performance.

Photo of 6 person Hollywood Bowl box

Make your table spread the talk of your section.  Cover the tables with table cloths.  Us the table dimensions with a 3”-4” overhang.  As a bonus each box also has a built-in wine bottle holder (the 6 person box has two!).

Hollywood Bowl box table with foodHollywood Bowl box wine holder



New for the 2017 season are single post tables for 6-person boxes.  A lot studier than the old method of balancing the table with bricks.  Smart move by the Hollywood Bowl.

* Boxes can be difficult to get especially for Friday and Saturday shows.  Plan early!


105 Responses to Box Seats

  1. Patricia Brickley says:

    I have tickets for Garden Box 41, Seats 1 & 2. It looks like the canvas chairs are not facing the stage. May we turn them around?

    • admin says:

      Patricia if you decide to picnic in the box the ushers will set up one of the tables for you and the chairs will face inward. Just before the performance starts they will come by and remove the tables. You can then point all the chairs towards the main stage. Garden Box 41 are great seats. Enjoy!

  2. Annie Gross says:

    What is the earliest time we can arrive at the box on Sunday?

  3. Lisa Young says:

    I’m looking to buy tickets for a six person box and can’t decide between garden box 352 and 752. Why does 752 look bigger on the seating chart?

    • admin says:

      Lisa because the shape of the bowl seating area is a cone the size of the boxes go frame small to large until they can add another box to the row. I know I have had some tight 4-person boxes and some roomy 4-person boxes. I believe this is what is happening here. Box 352 will offer a better view however it will be a bit tighter on space. I can check the two boxes out next time I am at the Bowl if that helps.

  4. Elisa F says:

    Is the first row of Terrace Box going to be obstructed by people walking in front? Or is it raised above so you don’t get interference. Specifically looking at box 1134. Thank you!

    • admin says:

      Elisa the first row of Terrace Boxes are raised so that you get a clear view with no obstruction from people walking by. Just a quick note that the 1134 box is in the send row of the Terrace Section. Box 1034 would be in the first row. Both will have great views. Just wanted to mention this. Hope this helps.

  5. David askren says:

    SectionTERR5Row1351Seats1 – 3Description Price Level 3
    Terrace Boxes
    Where is this, off to one side?

  6. Annie Gross says:

    Is it possible to buy a 4 seats garden terrace box (or any other 4 seats box) for July 21st?
    Thanks for your reply

    • admin says:

      Annie looks like the Garden and Terrace sections are sold out. Your best bet is eBay or a ticket outlet like Barry’s Tickets or Stub Hub.

      • Annie Gross says:

        Thanks! It seems that I can get tickets for a box of 4 seats in row 910. Are these good seats?

        • admin says:

          Annie Box 910 is in the Garden section and any box in this section will have great seats. If you look on the detailed map on this site it is in the last row and on an aisle. It might get a bit busy back there but the ushers do a nice job keeping things under control.

  7. Lynn Wagner says:

    This is a great resource!
    We’re regulars at the Hollywood Bowl with a Garden Box on Saturdays and Thursdays.
    This week we’re sitting for the first time in the Pool Circle.
    I’d like to know if the tables are the same configuration as Garden Boxes (2)? And, do you have access to the current menu offered?
    It’s our friends Birthday and I’d like to cover the table with color, so any details on size would be great.
    Thanks so much,

    • admin says:

      Lynn I am going to assume that you are going to a LA Phil sponsored event (boxes used in Pool Circle) and not a lease event (boxes replaced with folding chairs). Most boxes are for 4 with 2 tables like the Garden Boxes. There are some six person boxes as well. There are even a few three and five person boxes. The chairs are also a bit more comfortable. I have been in the Pool Circle a few times and they do get a special menu. A notch up if you will. Great seats!

  8. Nancy says:

    Will be going to the Hollywood Bowl for the first time.. We are very excited we are going on the 5 of July to Bugs Bunny at the symph. Not sure what to expect, how to dress, how early to arrival ???? please help.

    • admin says:

      Nancy the Hollywood Bowl is a great Southern California tradition. Folks enjoy the Bowl in many different ways. I like to get to the Bowl as early as possible (gates open two and a half hours before show time), set out the picnic dinner and enjoy a glass of wine while we chat. You can dine in your box if you are lucky enough to get one. If not there are many picnic areas around the Bowl. The dress varies as well. Folks can be seen in slacks, jackets, dresses and skirts. People also wear shorts. I like to dress it up a little and make the evening kind of an event. Just bring a sweater or jacket because once the sun goes down it can get chili. It is a wonderful night. Relax and make the most of your evening.

  9. Susan B says:

    Do you know of anyplace where I can get nice tablecloths the fit the tables in the box? Or anyone who makes them? Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Susan a few years back I looked but came up empty. Some use cloth napkins but they seem too short. I had a friend make me some. The dimensions for the tables are given on the Box Seat page. Hope this helps.

  10. ali says:

    Hi there! so i just got terrace box tickets (4).. 1367… is that really way far off left of stage or is it still good sound etc. now im a little concerned. – ali

    • admin says:

      Ali my normal box is right near 1367 and they are great seats. Great view of the stage and the large screens. None of the boxes really have bad views. Looks like Box 1367 is a 6-person box. Hope this helps.

  11. Rick Lyons says:

    My wife and I are attending the 6/8 Andrea Bocelli concert. We’re in Pool B seats 1 & 2. Will these seats provide us the ability to have dinner? Also, what time should we plan to arrive?

    • admin says:

      Rick Andrea Bocelli is a lease event at the Bowl and the Pool Circle boxes are replaced with metal folding chairs. While you are going to have an amazing view of the show it does make eating at the seats a bit of a challenge. You might want to think about going early and having dining at one of the picnic areas. I tell everyone if you can get to the Bowl early and miss the crowds. Hope this helps.

  12. Jessica says:

    I’m trying to decide on seats for Bugs Bunny at the Bowl. I am looking at the Garden and Terrace boxes, since this performance is largely based on the cartoons on the screens I want to be sure I have great seats that also have a great view of the screens. I can’t remember if they use a screen in the center of the shell or just the big screens on the sides. I am thinking that if we get too close to the front we won’t have a good view of the cartoons. Any advice?

    • admin says:

      Jessica I was at Bugs Bunny at the Symphony I a few years ago and they did set up the large screen in the middle of the stage. I suspect they will again. I sat in the Terrace section and it was a great view. The large screens on the side (which have been updated this season to LED technology) were also used. Hope this helps.

  13. Sean Patrick says:

    When you purchase your tickets to the garden boxes, are you purchasing each seat in the garden box or the entire garden box is purchased with one ticket?

  14. shelly Imperiali says:

    I just purchased garden box 21 for Keith Urban. After purchasing and getting on this site, I noticed it looks like a wall of some sort is in front. Does this wall obstruct the view? Will these be ok tickets? Thank you so much for a response. All of your responses are great!

    • admin says:

      Shelly Box 21 is going to be amazing! You will have a great view of the stage. That wall is just what separates the Garden Section from the Pool Circle. No obstruction at all. I have sat in this row and the boxes are unique in that they are a single row of boxes. Really a great experience. Next time I am at the Bowl I will grab a photo of the view from your box.

  15. ana says:

    Hello Hi i would like to know where exactly is pool circle Row A-6 seats 1 and 2 please and thank you .please reply as soon as possible.

  16. Di says:

    I agree with the other’s on this site…you do a phenominal job at answering many of my own questions. I have tix and am taking my mother to the Andrea Bocelli concert 6/8/13 which is her 69th birthday. My seats are Pool Circle D seats 1 & 2 which were very costly, $1k each. My concern is that my mother will not be able to see the full show from that seat. Is the stage view so high that she will not be able to see the entire stage back? Can you please include a pic from that view? ALSO, is food & beverages allowed during the concert that close to the stage?

    • admin says:

      Di the Pool Circle is empty right now so I estimated where section D would be. You didn’t say which row your seats were in so I did worst case which is row 1. regardless of which row these are going to be amazing seats. For lease events the boxes are removed and replaced with metal folding chairs. I sat in the chair to take the photo. As you can see the back of the stage is visible (ignore the netting which is used to keep birds out during non-show times). Not sure that guarantees what the night of the performance will be like with stage equipment but I think you and your mom might be ok. As far as food and drink this is a lease event and follows special theater policies. You can bring your own food in and eat at your seats. You can not bring your own alcohol in. Also no glass (including drinking glasses) and aluminum cans, regardless of content. Hope this helps and enjoy the performance.

      Hollywood Pool Circle section D row 1 seat 1

      • Di says:

        Thank you so much for replying with all the detail and pic. You were right, I am in Pool Circle D, row 1, seats 1 & 2. The pic you provided has a huge verticle white-ish beam in the direct view of our seats. Does this go away for the concert? Sorry for so many questions…this is not only my mother’s birthday gift, it’s also her “Hawaii trip”…she is scared of flying. I’m trying to make sure her experience is near perfect.

        • admin says:

          Di the vertical beam is there just to hold of the temporary screen (mean to keep birds out). It is all taken down for the performance. These are some great seats!

  17. Sharon says:

    There are a limited number of garden box seats for the Phish concert for auction on Ticketmaster.

    Do you know if this auction is for the entire box? When I click onto the “?” in the description, it says (for example) Box 51, seats 1-6.

    I just want to make sure this is the case before I place a bid. Thanks for your help!

    • admin says:

      Hard to say for sure Sharon. Box 51 is a great location. It must be a six-person box (1-6). It is either for 6 seats or maybe seats 1 and 6.

  18. Matt T says:

    Thanks so much for this informative website. I had a question for you – My seats for the Phish show on 8/5 are in Pool Circle, Section A, Row 4, seats 1 & 2. I’m concerned the view would be obstructed from that angle. How is the stage visibility from the far ends of the Pool Circle? As nice as it will be to be that close to the stage, it would be a drag to not see the members of the band.

  19. Deana says:

    Thank you for such an informative site! I have read all the posts and answers. However I was wondering if garden box seats are ever available on ticketmaster? And if so, what would be the range for an event such as the john mayer concert? I already know I wont be able to afford barrys tickets or stubhub for these seats. But I was just wondering…(*sigh*) Thanks!!

    • admin says:

      Deana while I do not know for sure usually between pre-sales and ticket outlets most box seats for lease events are very hard to get (if not impossible) at the face value price. My experience has been that when I look for lease event seats I find a good selection at Barry’s Tickets but they are expensive. You can sometimes find better deals at eBay however still expensive especially for the more popular acts.

  20. JH says:

    First off a BIG round of applause to you and your efforts in creating this site. It’s an amazing resource for one of my favorite concert venues on the planet. Thank you so much for sharing your all your insights of the Hollywood Bowl.

    TicketMojo was with me last week and I landed some pre-sale tickets to see ‘Atoms for Peace’ in October later this year. This will be the fourth time going to the Hollywood Bowl, and I finally landed seats in one of the ‘boxes’.

    They sent me the seat selection today, and it’s in a four seat box in the 1800 row of the Terrace 3 area. My tickets say I have seats 2 and 3. Looking at your photos of the boxes where the seats are numbered, it seems that seats 2 and 3 are at opposite corners of the box.

    What’s the etiquette here? I am planning on having dinner before the show and would like to face my friend while we eat – And while I’m sure I can work something out with the fellow Thom Yorke / AFP fans that I will be sharing the box with, I was wondering if this kind of split was common (seems like a pair of box seat tickets should be assigned side to side or so you can face each other for dinner). Is there a certain approach I should take when I arrive?

    Thanks again,
    – JH

    • admin says:

      JH thanks for the kind words.

      I am going to assume that the box you have in the 1800 row is a 4-person box and not a 6-person. The two-three split is an interesting one since the seats are corner to corner. Usually folks have side-by-side. That being said I see people all the time dine at the table across from each other and then later sit side-by-side. It really depends on your box mates but it is pretty typical for folks to be very accommodating. Maybe it is the close quarters inside the box or maybe its just the kind of folks that get drawn to the venue. Hope this helps.

  21. Rodriguez says:

    I bought seats for the Hollywood bowl to see Andrea Bocelli, the seats are in the garden boxes area for six people in the box. The tickets I bough are not next to each other but in the same box, which could be a problem. Unless… which comes down to my question. Ive researched that you can actually have dinner inside the boxes and have a table. My question is can you be seated in the dinner position through out the event, so that me and my guest can be with each other or do they make you take away the table and make you sit facing the stage?

    • Rodriguez says:

      View for row 623-seat 5, garden box? Please.

    • admin says:

      Take a look at this page on the site. It shows how the 2 tables fit inside the box. When you get to the box the ushers can set your table up for you. You can bring your own picnic or you can order from one of the many Pantina offerings. Before the concert starts most every one has their tables taken way so that they can turn their chairs around to face the stage. It would be hard to turn the chairs with the tables in place (no room for legs). The six positions in the box do have official seat numbers (seat 5 and 6 are in the middle of a six person box). Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

      4-person box seat numbering at the Hollywood Bowl.

  22. Lynn says:

    For the Friday, November 9, Barbra Streisand concert, what is the process for determining whether the concert is cancelled due to rain?

    • admin says:

      Lynn even though this is a lease event it follows the Hollywood Bowl’s policy of “rain or shine”. No umbrellas are allowed so bring a poncho or other rain gear.

  23. Kris says:

    I have Terrace box seats for the Barbra Streisand concert on Friday, 11/09/12. Are we allowed to bring our own wine to this concert?

    • admin says:

      Kris the Barbara Streisand concert is a lease event. Lease events have stricter theater policies at the Bowl. You can not bring your own alcohol. Also glass (including drinking glasses) and aluminum cans, regardless of content are not allowed. You can purchase wine at the Hollywood Bowl shops. They will uncork the bottle and place it in a large solo cup. Here is a link to the Hollywood Bowl’s official lease event theater policies page. Hope this helps.

  24. Lisa says:

    I want to get tickets for an upcoming event and I would love to purchase a box. I have never seen this available when purchasing through ticket master. What is the best way to go about it?

    • admin says:

      Lisa if it is a popular event you often have to go to an after market ticket venue. When I needed tickets to shows I could not get tickets for I have used Barry’s Tickets and eBay. I have had great experiences with Barry’s Tickets however you may find better deals on eBay. I’ve also heard Craig’s List often has tickets although I’ve never gone that route.

  25. Phil Morford says:

    in a four seat garden box — can you line up 3 seats in a row — in which all three seats face the stage?

  26. phil morford says:

    in a four seat garden box — can you line up three chairs in one row in which each of the three seats face the stage?

    • admin says:

      Phil a 4-person box has to have the chairs 2×2. While having dinner the seats can face each other. After dinner most people take the tables down and all four chairs face the stage. A 6-person box can accommodate 3 chairs in a row all facing the stage. Hope this helps.

      4-person box:
      Hollywood Bowl 4-person box

      6-person box:
      Hollywood Bowl 6-person box

  27. Natasha says:

    Hi there,
    If I want to buy seats in a garden box, the tickets I see for sale (on Stubhub and the like) are listing garden boxes by Row (for example it will say “Garden Box Row 711”. In the Garden and Terrace Box sections of the Hollywood Bowl, doees Row number mean Box number? Thanks so much!

    • admin says:

      Natasha you are correct. Box 711 is in the 7th row of the Garden section. Well actually 8th row because the first row starts in the tens (Box 10, Box 11, Box 51, etc). Take a look at the detailed seating map on this site. It shows all the box numbers and locations.

  28. David Chiu says:

    For fireworks, which box would be better? 571 or 1466?

    • David Chiu says:

      Do you have a vantage point for either of these boxes?! Thank you.

    • admin says:

      David Garden Box 571 will get you a lot closer to the stage but you will get a spectacular view of the fireworks from Terrace Box 1466. The distance gives you an incredible backdrop of the Bowl Shell and the hills. Enjoy!

  29. Bennette Turpanjian says:

    Are the boxes privately owned? If so, how does one go about purchasing a box?

    • admin says:

      Bennette while the boxes are not privately owned they do sell out rather quickly. For example most (if not all) boxes for the Weekend Spectacular series (LA-Phil sponsered) are sold out to folks who subscribe for the season. You can call the Hollywood Bowl Box Office for last minute availability as some patrons who can not attend will donate them back to the Hollywood Bowl. I goy my Opening Night box this way. Weeknight performances may be your best bet for sitting in a box.

      You can look on eBay or ticket outlets but prices can be outrageous. For leased events (not sponsored by the LA Phil) like say Aerosmith tickets are usually sold at the usual ticket outlets. Hope this helps.

  30. beachgurrl says:

    I’ve never sat in the box sections and you mention tables above. It says that chairs come with the box, but do the tables come with the box as well, or are we required to rent those, or bring our own?? Thank you!

    • admin says:

      The tables come with the box….no extra charge. If it is a 4-person box you will get two hanging tables. Ask the ushers to set them up. They can be tricky to level. If you have a 6-person box you will get an extra free standing table for the middle 2 folks. Hope this clears things up for you.

  31. Gus Moncada says:

    I cannot find my seat on garden level box 524? please advise

    • admin says:

      Gus I found box 524 on the map. It is in the garden section on the right side as you face the stage. Fifth row. Nice box. I like when the box is on an inner isle. Not a lot of traffic and great view. Let me know if you can not find it on the updated map on the site.

  32. Caroline says:

    I have the option to buy tickets for an LA Phil concert in Garden Box 110 (way off to the right) or Terrace Box 1542 (central but farther back). The 110 seats are more expensive of course, but it might be worth it to me if they are really great even though they are on the extreme right. Which do you think would be better for an orchestra event? Are the garden seats here worth it?

    • admin says:

      Caroline this is a matter of opinion so let me give you mine. Take the box closest to the stage. Even though it is far off to the right you will still get a great view. You did not mention which performance you are going to but often the performers move around the stage. I’ve sat in the far right and far left boxes and I can not imagine you will be disappointed.

  33. Bobby Morris says:

    I have tickets for Wilco on Sept. 30th in the Pool Circle. The tickets say Pool A , Row 6, Seat 7 and 8. Will you be so kind as to tell me exactly where these seats are located. I cannot tell from any of the seating charts at which I’ve looked. Thanks so much.

    • admin says:

      Booby they are right up front. The maps show the pool circle with the “box” configuration. For many of the leased events they remove the boxes and place rows of folding chairs. You will be in row six. Great seats.

      • jimmey donchey says:

        hi there… i recently bought 2 box seats, garden, seat 52.. .will i be able to sit next to my guest during the show? it says one seat in front of the other?
        thanks for your help!

        • admin says:

          Jimmey the official seat numbering is shown in the Hollywood Bowl photo below. That being said I often see people eat dinner at the same table and then when the show starts they switch so they can be side-by-side. Folks are usually pretty reasonable.

          Hollywood Bowl box seat numbering

          • jimmey says:

            thank you… my seats are garden row, box 52/seats 1 and 2 – question is: how many rows are in front of us? i see there are 3 rows? — or are they box seats as well? thank you in advance.. jimmey:)

          • admin says:

            Jimmey you have some very nice seats. I actually sat in that box for The 70’s Disco Night Show. First it is a 6-person box. Second it is up against a walkway where sometimes the artist will come out. They only thing in front of you is the Pool Section. If your tickets are for a LA-Phil sponsored event then it will be boxes. Otherwise it will be folding chairs. Regardless you will have a great view of the stage.

  34. David N says:

    We have tickets for JW on 8/31 in Super Seat G1. Given we have never been there I’m thinking about “moving down” to Garden boxes. Is there a rake so if someone tall is in front you can see from behind? Are there seat numbers for the boxes or whoever gets there first gets the seats in the front?

    • admin says:

      David there is a step in the boxes so that the folks behind can see over the folks sitting it front. The box seats are numbered. See the photo included below. I have seen couples of 2 swap seats so that for dinner they site at the same table and then switch for the performance so that they are side-by-side.

      Hollywood Bowl box seat numbering

      • David N says:

        OK thanks. What about rain? I would guess the musicians are covered but we need to bring something? Under what conditions will they cancel an event?

  35. david says:

    Can you bring your own food, beer and wine?

    • admin says:

      David if the performance is LA Phil sponsored then you may bring your own food and alcohol. If the event is a leased event like Aerosmith then you may bring food however you must purchase alcohol at the Bowl concession stands.

  36. Heidi says:

    Also, in looking at stubhub the terrace boxes appear to be more expensive although they are further from the stage. Are they better seats?

    • admin says:

      Heidi under certain circumstances maybe (way off to the sides) but the Garden section are generally the better seats.

  37. Heidi says:

    Hi – looking at tickets for a leased event. Would garden box 953 or 822 be a better bet? Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Interesting Heidi. 953 is more center stage but it is also on the back isle. Too many folks walking but standing behind you. Guess it depends on the event. I think I would take 822. Will still be a great view of the stage and the big screen.

  38. Sheryl Becker says:

    I got seats in 751 seat 3 & 4, yeah! will they be next to each other or one in front of the other 🙁 ?

  39. Sheryl Becker says:

    hi, where is garden box 10? i can’t find it on the seating charts and someone is offering me tickets there and I’m just trying to figure out if it’s worth paying $35 more to sit there vs. K2 or F2.

    • admin says:

      Sheryl on the map look way up front. Box 10 is in the second row and will be an amazing experience in the famed Pool section.

  40. Plum says:

    Is there a way to find out which box’s seat 4 and which ones seat 6 ? Looking for a list or guide. Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Plum take a look at this map and zoom in. The boxes of 6 have a black dot near them. Always best to check with the bowl box office to be sure.

  41. VL says:

    hi, any thoughts on difference in experience in center garden vs terrace box seats, and whether garden is worth the extra $$? (both pretty central to stage, price difference about 100$/seat).. thanks!

    • admin says:

      VL I think it depends on the type of show. In my opinion if it is mostly an orchestra performance then any box section if fine. it is a great venue and the big screens really do a great job of making you feel a part of the show. If it is more of a performer you can not beat being closer. Again just my opinion.

  42. Diane Ybarra says:

    Are the ticket prices for boxes per person or is it the box price? I have always sat in the other areas and was thinking about a box. Are box dinners still available?

    • admin says:

      Diane usually prices listed are per seat. If you have the means the box is a great way to enjoy any performance. Box service is still available. The Hollywood Bowl offers full service dinners or Picnics to Share. Here is some more info.

  43. julie M says:

    I don’t see where my seats are in the pool circle D row 5 seat 13 and 14. The seating chart only shows A B & C? Is it a new row?

    • admin says:

      Julie if the seats are for a leased event the configuration is up to the producing company. Often I see leased events use rows of folding chairs.

      • C Love says:

        So where exactly do you suppose “Pool D, seats 1-11 and 1-12” might be?

        • admin says:

          For leased events (other than The Playboy Jazz Festival) the boxes are removed from the Pool Section and replaced with folding chairs. Each leased performance can change the configuration but often it is as seen here. Did it give a row?

          Hollywood Bowl Pool section map for leased events

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