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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2014 summer season announced

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.

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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 (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.


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