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The Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl

2301 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Tel: 323-850-2000


This Hollywood iconic amphitheater in the Hollywood Hills has been in the forefront of Los Angeles Tourism since it opened in 1922.

It is considered one of the best music venues in America and is run by the Hollywood Philharmonic Association. It has a capacity of 1,700.

Many of you will be familiar with the abum: The Beatles Live at The Hollywood Bowl. This was released in May 1977 and includes many of the songs that they performed on their stints in

August of 1964 and 1965. It is released on Capitol Records in America and Canada, and Parlophone in the UK.

Former DJ, Bob Eubanks featured largely in their being booked at The Hollywood Bowl. Brian Epstein knew it was a very prestigious gig, and badly wanted it for them. The fee requested was a whopping $25,000 for one night, a huge amount of money in those days.

Bob and his business partner owned a house together as an investment, so they took the plunge and mortgaged that property to raise a Bank Loan to fund the show, and it finally came together.

In 1964, there was no internet, thus no online ticket reservation system and tickets could only be bought at the box office, Automobile Club offices or Wallich’s Music City stores. And in 1965 there was only one way to pay, by mail. Yes, in an envelope, with a postage stamp. Remember them?

Although forced to cancel its 2020 season due to the Pandemic, it stayed high on the list of places to see for tourists, and in particular, Beatles fans who want to visit and take pictures.

The acoustics are magical, even if you are up in the “nosebleed” section, way up high in the cheaper seats. I have enjoyed many a wonderful evening under the stars up there, as well as in the front of house, where they have boxes to be enjoyed, bringing your picnic baskets and wine of your choice. Various catering policies and regulations tend to change according to the type of show, so it’s always best to check in advance to learn about all the options.

In some cases, you are encouraged to place your food and drink orders for the boxes by 4 p.m. on the day before the show.

Always allow yourself plenty of time to get there and park, as traffic slows to a crawl once you get in the vicinity, and believe me, there is plenty of it, including buses, which clog the lanes. The City also provides a lot of park and ride facilities, where you can leave your car, journey to the Bowl in a comfortable air conditioned bus, and not have to be concerned about your arrival time.

There are also shuttle areas close to the venue. You can buy your tickets along with your entrance tickets to the Bowl. There are often Senior’s $10 rush tickets for select Tuesdays and Thursdays, so you should call them in advance to find out availability.


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