Official Hollywood Bowl picnic areas

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.

 

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Opening Night is here!

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.

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Hollywood Bowl Pool Circle seats

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.

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Hollywood Bowl Box Office opens May 4th

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.

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Hollywood Bowl 3 or more for Facebook fans

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.

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Hollywood Bowl 5 or more season ticket package

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

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Lease events at the Hollywood Bowl

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.
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First Hollywood Bowl inductee introduced for the 2014 Hall of Fame

Kristin Chenoweth just announced as an inductee to the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame! The induction ceremony is part of Opening Night at the Bowl held Saturday, June 21st at 8PM.

 

Kristin Chenoweth Hollywood Bowl Opening Night Hall of Fame 2014

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Hollywood Bowl bench seats get an upgrade

The bench seating at the Hollywood Bowl is getting replaced with new Alaskan yellow cedar.  This is a great improvement for the Hollywood Bowl as much of the wood today is in bad shape.  The new wood will weather to gray over time.  According to the LA Country Supervisor’s site the  $1.6 million project should wrap up by Opening Night (June 21st).

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Getting the best seats possible at the Hollywood Bowl

Getting the best seats at a reasonable price for the Hollywood Bowl is often everyones goal.  The Hollywood Bowl does a pretty good job of rewarding loyalty.

Best: Subscribe to a summer series.  These are on sale now.  You get a head start on some of the best seats at the Hollywood Bowl.  Once you become a subscriber you may purchase tickets for the non-subscription  performances such as the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, Opening Night, Grease and Sound of Music sing-alongs and Movie Night.  Next year if you decide to renew you will be able to do so before the holidays offering you even a greater selection of seats.

Better: Starting March 18th you will be able to sign up for the Any 5 Concert package.  Again once you are a subscriber you are allowed to purchase the additional shows listed above.

Single concert tickets go on sale starting May 4th so subscribers do get a pretty nice head start.  A nice thing about the Hollywood Bowl is that you can enjoy a great night from almost any seat in the house.

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