Hollywood Bowl is an outdoor amphitheater and flagship venue in Los Angeles, California, that has hosted many musical greats from jazz legend Louis Armstrong to cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Situated within the Hollywood Hills, the Bowl's location derives its name from the bowl-like shape the venue is carved into. Behind the bowl, the Hollywood Hills rise triumphantly, and the iconic Hollywood Sign is visible to the northeast. Hollywood Bowl's site was chosen in 1919, but its original concentric-arched bandshells didn't appear until the 1920s. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the second and third bandshells. The venue is devoted to music, rated by Rolling Stone in 2018 as one of the 10 best live music venues in America. It is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic/Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, boasting an illustrious line of star conductors that includes Fritz Reiner and Leopold Stokowski. Hollywood Bowl is widely considered a major stop on domestic and international music tours, attracting such luminaries as Janet Jackson, Imagine Dragons and Lady Gaga. Get the best tickets for all Hollywood Bowl events at StubHub.
What is the Hollywood Bowl's seating capacity?
The Hollywood Bowl seats roughly 17,500 people. The seating array is that of a classic amphitheater, albeit with a more elliptical, or elongated, shape. The seating row heights rise gradually toward the back as in an indoor theater. The overall shape of the seating area bulges laterally at mid-orchestra, tapering slightly toward the back of the bowl and sharply at front where the front orchestra seat section abuts the proscenium. Every section benefits from the acoustical boost of electronic amplification and a clear view of the stage.
Can you get there by public transportation?
Yes, Hollywood Bowl is accessible via public transportation. The Metro operates a Red Line that goes to the Highland/Hollywood stop. The Hollywood Bowl shuttle bus awaits on Orange Drive, shuttling sightseeing parties and people with Hollywood Bowl tickets to and from the venue during hours of operation.
Does the Hollywood Bowl campus accommodate wheelchairs?
Yes, the Hollywood Bowl campus and environs are extremely wheelchair friendly. Wheelchair accessible Park & Ride Lots let you park for free and catch the shuttle. You can also drive to the wheelchair-friendly Bowl shuttle lots, park for free and catch the shuttle to Hollywood Bowl events. For any given Hollywood Bowl event, there are up to 200 wheelchair, semi-ambulatory and companion Hollywood Bowl tickets available. There are sign language interpreters, open captioning, assisted listening devices and accessible restrooms. You can also explore Patron Access Assistance Service (PAAS) escorts and electric carts. Service animals are welcome.
Is outside food permitted?
Yes, outside food is permitted and encouraged. During Los Angeles Philharmonic Hollywood Bowl events, you can bring containers, picnic baskets and small coolers measuring no more than 15 inches high by 15 inches wide by 22 inches long. Bottles of wine and beer as well as any food you like are acceptable.
Can I bring the kids?
The Hollywood Bowl welcomes kids of all ages. Kids under 2 don't even need Hollywood Bowl tickets and can sit in your lap. Children over 2 are required to have tickets for Hollywood Bowl seating.Back to Top
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