Hollywood Bowl ticket prices on the rise

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved increases in ticket prices for the 2016 Hollywood Bowl season. The increase is scaled so that the concertgoers who are able to afford the higher priced box seats will be affected the most.

The increase in prices start at the $30 seats ($31 in 2016). More expensive seats will increase from $2-$7. The biggest increase ($10) will be applied to the Garden and Pool seats. Parking fees will stay the same.

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Hollywood Bowl getting a new caterer in 2016

The LA Phil announced today that it has signed a 10-year contract with Sodexo Leisure and the Los Angeles-based culinary company the Lucques Group, to provide exclusive food and restaurant services throughout the Hollywood Bowl. The contract starts with the summer season in 2016. This ends the 15-year run with the Patina Restaurant Group. Big change.

Excited to see what changes are made!

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New Hollywood Bowl furniture

The Hollywood Bowl box furniture received an update.  Early this year the boxes at the Hollywood Bowl were updated to included a stainless steel frame and new Alaskan Yellow Cedar.  Last month the Garden and Terrace box updates continued.  The old chairs and tables have been replaced with a more modern version.

The chair frames are now wood and the canvas seats have been replaced with a mesh webbing.  They are more comfortable but do take more space in the box making things a bit more cramped.

The tables are basically the same size and shape but offer a better locking mechanism. This is a welcome change since the old lock-in-place tables never felt 100% secure.

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Hollywood Bowl Trivia

For people who want to know more about the Hollywood Bowl read Jeff Miller’s 15 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL on Thrilllist.com.  You can entertain family and friends at your next concert.

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Hollywood Bowl Theater Policies

Selfie sticks not allowed at the Hollywood BowlThe Hollywood Bowl has updated their theater policies.  Most remain the same from last year.  Camera and Candle restrictions, noise levels and late seating (which I wish they would enforce a bit more).  The newest restriction…no selfie sticks.  Times do change.  Lol.

Here are the complete theater policies for the Hollywood Bowl.

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Single ticket sales start Sunday, May 3rd

It’s that time of the year.  Hollywood Bowl summer series, 5 packs and 3 packs have lived out their usefulness.  Starting Sunday, May 3rd you can purchase single tickets to LA Phil sponsored Hollywood Bowl performances.

Sign up for the Hollywood Bowl newsletter and you will get a special code to purchase single tickets before May 3rd!

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/connect/email-newsletters

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Group sales update

On Monday, March 2nd group sales start for Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl (June 20th) featuring inductee Journey.  Also group sales open up for the 37th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 13th and 14th) on Tuesday, March 3rd,

Hollywood Bowl Group Services can help get the best seats, picnic areas, parking and even seat cushions!  Hollywood Bowl Group Services can be reached at 323-850-2050.

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Hollywood Bowl Boxes get a facelift

Last year the benches at the Hollywood Bowl got replaced.  This year the boxes at the Hollywood Bowl get the same love.  Every box at the Hollywood Bowl will be rebuilt with stainless steel and Alaskan Yellow Cedar (same as the benches).  From the looks of the construction the box design will remain the same.  The Hollywood Bowl has said that the tables and chairs will be replaced.  I hope the side tables are easier to set up and that they figure out a better solution for the third table used in the boxes of six.  Looking forward to seeing the Hollywood Bowl Boxes on opening night!

Hollywood Bowl Terrace Box Refurb

 

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2015 Hollywood Bowl season schedule announced

The 2015 Holly Wood Bowl 2015 season will be announced on Tuesday, February 10th at 10am.  For many this is how planning for the summer starts.  What shows will offer fireworks?  What big names will be performing?  What will this year’s musical be?

Starting last year I’ve noticed a trend of increased lease events being held at the Hollywood Bowl.  The trend continues this year as well.  Not that lease events are bad mind you.  But they are more like concerts (no alcohol) and less like performances.  I saw an article in the LA Times explaining why lease events are on the rise.  Here is an excerpt.

One of Borda’s major achievements was to tap the potential of the Hollywood Bowl, which is owned by Los Angeles County and brings in about 35% of the Phil’s revenue. She and her staff opened the Bowl to more commercially appealing pop acts

The complete article can be found here.  And here is the 2015 Hollywood Bowl Season Schedule!

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This and that

There is still over 140 days until Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl but as the new year starts so does the “pre-season”.  Announcements and teasers start now and it is never too early to keep in mind important dates.

The Playboy Jazz Festival is June 13th and 14th.  This year’s show like last year will be produced by the LA Phil.  Tickets go on sale March 3rd 2015.

Diana Krall and Gregory Porter will be performing Friday, August 28th (FR2 Series) and Saturday, August 29th (SA2 Series).

Group ticketing is available beginning February 9th (July 4th Spectacular and Movie Night).

Again new subscription start February 10th.  Getting a series guarantees you the best chance at great seats.

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