The Hollywood Bowl rewards those who sign-up early with the choice of the best remaining seats. The more you commit to the Hollywood Bowl the earlier you get to select seats from the remaining inventory. The best seats go to subscribers. I always say that there are no bad seats at the Hollywood Bowl. Every section offers a unique experience but if it closer to the stage you wish then it is best to invest in either a summer series subscription or one of the multi-performance packages. Here are some important dates to keep in mind as you plan your summer at the Hollywood Bowl.
- Existing Renewal Subscriptions: Now
- Playboy Jazz Tickets: February 3, 2015
- New Subscriptions & Season Announcement: February 10, 2015
- 5 or More: March 17, 2015
- Single Tickets: May 3, 2015
King of Motown
The July 4th 2015 Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl (held July 2nd, 3rd and 4th) special guest will be Motown’s Smokey Robinson. A great way to celebrate the July4th weekend. Show starts early at 7:30pm and tickets for children 12 and under are half-price.
It seems that has fall just begun however now is the time to start thinking about the 2015 Hollywood Bowl summer season. If you were a subscriber for the 2014 season, renewals are now available.
Two big benefits of renewing early are 1) you can get to the top of the list for upgraded seat requests and 2) you can purchase tickets for some of the non-series individual concerts. These concerts are offered each year and because subscribers get first shot at purchasing some amazing seats can be snagged.
- Opening Nigth at the Bowl / Sat, Jun 20, 2015 8:00 PM
- Sing-A-Long Sound of Music / Fri, Jun 26, 2015 6:00 PM
- July 4th Fireworks Spectacular / Thu, Jul 2, 2015 7:30 PM
- July 4th Fireworks Spectacular / Fri, Jul 3, 2015 7:30 PM
- July 4th Fireworks Spectacular / Sat, Jul 4, 2015 7:30 PM
- Smooth Summer Jazz / Sun, Aug 23, 2015 6:00 PM
- Movie Night:The Big Picture / Sun, Sep 6, 2015 7:30 PM
Just log in to the LA Phil account management site (hosted by Ticketmaster) or Call the Hollywood Bowl Box Office.
The hollywood Bowl has updated the 15 picnic areas with new tables. Arrive 90 minutes before show time (some picnic areas open as early as 4 hours before the concert) to claim one of the first-come-first-serve tables. The closer picnic areas go first (areas 6 and 7 are the most popular).
Large groups (30+) may reserve selected areas through the Group Sales Office: 323.850.2050. Here is the official Hollywood Bowl area map.
In just another 24 hours the 2014 season of the Hollywood Bowl will officially kick-off. In addition to proceeds benefiting the LA Phil and its education programs, the night is filled with Hall of Fame inductees Kristin Chenoweth, The GoGo’s and Pink Martini. There is also an impressive list of presenters including Helen Hunt, Barbara Eden, Carol Burnett and Natasha Bedingfield. Special guest Lea Michele and fireworks round out the night.
This is a LA-Phil sponsored event so bringing in your own alcohol is allowed. There are still seats available including Garden and Terrace boxes.
The most frequent questions asked in the forums have to to with obstructed views in sections D & E. A close second has to do with seats in the Pool Circle…especially for lease events.
When a non-LA Phil sponsored event (called a lease event) is held at the Hollywood Bowl the boxes in the Pool Circle are replaced with folding metal chairs. Usually there are five section (A through E) with 7 rows of chairs. Sections A & E start at row 3. I say usually because different bands have different requirements like an extended stage for example.
Here is a walkthrough video of the Hollywood Bowl Pool Circle.
The Hollywood Bowl Box Office opens May 4th at 10 AM for the 2014 season. According to the Box Office starting at 8am the first 500 people in line will get a wrist band. The parking lot opens at 7am.
5/2 : Update from The Hollywood Bowl:
7am: Parking lots, concessions and Information Booth open
8am: Wristbands will be distributed to the first 500 patrons
9am: Hollywood Bowl Store and Museum open
10am: The Box Office will begin serving patrons with wristbands in order
5pm: Hollywood Bowl Museum and Store closed
6pm: Box Office closes, but all patrons with wristbands will be accomodated.
The Hollywood Bowl is offering a special for their Facebook fans. Choose 3 performances today and get first pick on seats before everyone else. Visit the Hollywood Bowl 3 or More page to learn more.
Starting March 18th you will be able to subscribe to the Hollywood Bowl 5 or More! ticket package. Just select five (or more) concerts from any of the Summer Series. You get a head start on the single
Seems like each year the Hollywood Bowl hosts more and more non-Los Angeles Philharmonic-produced events (dubbed lease events). The theater policies are different (more strict) for lease events. Here are the official Leave Event Theater Policies from the Hollywood Bowl website.
Not Permissible in the Theatre during Lease Events:
- Alcohol and/or controlled substances. You may purchase alcohol inside.
- Umbrellas and chairs.
- Cameras, audio, and video recording equipment.
- Glass (including drinking glasses) and aluminum cans, regardless of content.
The following are allowable in the Bowl:
- Picnic baskets and coolers no larger than 15″ by 22″ long by 15″ high.
- Factory sealed non-alcoholic plastic bottles, one liter in size or less.
- Re-useable containers (such as Tupperware or sipper bottles) holding food or non-alcoholic beverages.
- Blankets or seat cushions.