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There is a reason why Rolling Stone magazine named the Hollywood Bowl one of the 10 best live music venues in America. It is called America’s "most famous band shell" where artists "make history... year after year", this iconic venue promises an unforgettable experience for audiences.
Some say that the Hollywood Bowl began its life in 1916, when an outdoor production of Julius Caesar by Shakespeare was performed in the Beachwood Canyon area of the Hollywood Hills. Because the event was so hyped, people saw the need for a permanent amphitheater for large outdoor performances in the area. It was a popular picnic spot and casual performance space for decades before the Hollywood Bowl as it is known today was built.
The Hollywood Bowl seats 18,000 people, but more than 26,000 have surrounded the amphitheater during peak performances. View the Hollywood Bowl seating chart. The stage shell has seen many updates over the years; the most recent was constructed in 2004, which was modeled to be a larger version of the shell from 1926. Along with the shell, the venue received a re-engineered sound system, noise-dampening spheres, pyrotechnical features, and computer-controlled wings to reflect sound.
Unlike large indoor venues, there are fewer amenities offered to patrons of outdoor venues. That said, the Hollywood Bowl does its best to provide a fine experience for the masses. Box ticket holders have access to full meals created by chef and restaurateur Suzanne Goin, as well as Caroline Styne’s curated wine list. The best part is that the fare is delivered right to the seats. All audience members have access to picnic boxes for pre-order and marketplace concessions, which include sandwiches, baked treats, salads, cheese and charcuterie plates, and more. There’s also a wine bar, grill, and fine dining establishment for pre-show or after-show appetites. More info can be found in the FAQ.
Excellent artists from a variety of genres have taken stage at the Hollywood Bowl: Judy Garland, Elton John, Black Sabbath, Louis Armstrong, The Beatles, The Doors, and Tom Petty are just a few. These days, the Bowl promises just as much variety. Recent and upcoming performers include The Beach Boys, Ozzy Osbourne & Megadeth, Kanye West, and smooth-jazz stars, such as George Benson, Boney James, Kenny Lattimore, and Mindi Abair.
A nod to the venue’s history, the Hollywood Bowl is a complete with a museum and tours. It is honored as one of the city’s most historic landmarks that has influenced the careers of famed 20th and 21st century performers. If you can see a show in person, purchase tickets and head to 2301 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90068.