Group ticketing starts early

This year the LA Phil is offering early group sales on select Hollywood Bowl performances. This staggered rollout attempts to reduce hold times and offer a better customer experience.  What it means for you is better seats for your group.

When booking your group reservations you need only have an estimate of the number of tickets  required and place a 30% non-refundable deposit down.  Changes in the number of seats can be made up until 6 weeks prior to the concert date when final payment is due.

  • Feb 3rd – July 4th Fireworks Spectacular and The Big Picture
  • Feb 5th – Grease Sing-A-Long, Smooth Summer Jazz and the Sound of Music Sing-A-Long
  • Feb 10th – All remaining concerts except Playboy Jazz
  • Feb 21st – Playboy Jazz Festival

Group Services can also help with reserving a picnic area and parking for your group.

 

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2014 subscription renewals begin

This week 2013 subscribers to the Hollywood Bowl may start to renew their seats for the 2014 season.  It sure seems early but there are some very good reasons to renew now and not wait. First you are able to get on the seat upgrade list before those who wait.  Second once you renew you are allowed to purchase tickets for the additional Bowl concerts not part of any subscription and get some of the best seats in the house.  This year’s additional concerts include:

  • Opening Night
  • July 4th Spectacular (Steve Martin plays bluegrass)
  • Grease Sing-A-Long
  • Smooth Summer Jazz
  • The Big Picture
  • Sing-A-Long Sound of Music

You can also take advantage of a half pay option when renewing.  You can create an account to handle all your ticket needs at Hollywoodbowl.com (powered by Ticketmaster).

New subscriptions can be purchased starting the first week of February.  Single tickets do not go on sale until May.

 

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2013 season over…price increase for 2014

The 2013 Hollywood Bowl season is in the rear view mirror.  A big thanks to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a wonder summer at the Hollywood Bowl.  All that remains this month are a few lease events.

The price of attending a concert at the Hollywood Bowl next year will cost a bit more.  The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved increase varies depending on the day of the week and seat locations.  Saturday ticket prices will rise $6 for Pool Circle box seats and $5 for the Garden and Terrace seats. Sunday World Concerts and Wednesday Jazz performances will increase $4 and $3 respectively.

Pops concerts on Friday and Sunday nights will have hikes of $5 for pool circle box seats and $3 for garden, terrace and side box seats.  Ticket prices for classical concerts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings will also go up, with pool circle box seats increasing $4 and garden, terrace and side box seats costing $3 more. Some bench seats will go up $1.

Parking prices will not change in 2014.

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New way to ask a question!

announcementWith over 1000 requests I found that having folks ask questions about the Hollywood Bowl using the WordPress comment mechanism was becoming too hard to maintain.  Also it was very difficult for visitors to find the answers to their questions that may have been previously asked.

I have added a forum to the site (see Ask a Question) and grouped the questions so that visitors have a better chance finding answers to their questions.   To ask a question just click on the category and create a new topic.  You can either register to ask your question or use CAPTCHA (typing in a scrambled word) to submit.

Here is to the next 1000 posts!

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Six person boxes

Lots of folks purchase 2 seats in a Hollywood Bowl 6-person box and ask how the seats are arranged.  Most want to eat at the table with their guest and then later watch the performance side-by-side.  It all depends on the others in your box.  Here are the official seat numbers.

sixboxseating

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Hollywood Bowl Seat Cushions

Sitting on a famed Hollywood Bowl wooden bench for an entire performance may literally be a pain in the butt.  To help relieve this pain the Hollywood Bowl rents out seat cushions right inside for $1.  Get there early because they do often run out.

seatcushion

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Interesting Hollywood Bowl Seats #3

SectionV2OK maybe not so much an interesting seat as it is an interesting section.  V2 may be way up at the top of the Hollywood Bowl but it is a very intimate section.  Snuggled up in the upper right-hand corner is a gem that is comprised of just 32 seats.  As I looked at section V2 I couldn’t help think that a group could purchase the entire section (especially since these seats are pretty inexpensive) and have their own picnic area to watch the performance.  The escalator even empties out just right of the seats.

 

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Big screen upgrades

Looks like the Bowl folks have replaced the rear-projection big screens with LED “jumbotrons”.  Should make for a much better viewing experience.  Can’t wait to see them in action.

ledsscreen

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Single tickets on sale Saturday, May 4th

For those who want to go to less than five shows this season single tickets go on sale Saturday, May 4th.  Online ordering is best however there is always a big crowd camping out at the Bowl Box Office.

 

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Interesting Hollywood Bowl Seats #2

Because of row configuration there are a handful of Super Seats at the Hollywood Bowl that do not have seats in front of them so you get extra legroom (much like some airplane exit rows).  These are the sections and seats.

  • Section J1 Row 5 Seats 2,4,28 and 30
  • Section G1 Row 5 Seats 1,3,27 and 29
  • Section H Row 5 101,102,113 and 114

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