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.
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.
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).
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.
The Hollywood Bowl Summer Season has been announced. Check out what will be playing at the Hollywood bowl this summer.
2014 Hollywood Bowl Season Schedule.
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.