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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Important Hollywood Bowl dates

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



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Hollywood Bowl July 4th – Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson coming to the Hollywood Bowl

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.

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Subscriber renewals & add-on concerts

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.

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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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