Hollywood Bowl

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2301 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA, USA

Hollywood Bowl Reviews

breezejen breezejen
33 reviews
The best summertime music venue Aug 08, 2009
The Hollywood Bowl is by far the best summer time music venue in Los Angeles. There is always a variety of musical performances, from jazz to classical to world to reggae. Whatever your favorite is, chances are you'll find something you like. Surrounded by the Hollywood Hills, the bowl is open air with stars above and if you're lucky a view of the moon brightening up the sky. During the summer it doesn't get particularly cold, but you should probably bring a light jacket. The performances generally start at 7:30 and last about 3 hours with a intermission in between.

If there is a regular bowl performance (a non leased event) you can pack a picnic basket with your favorite foods and bring a bottle of wine and enjoy while you listen to music. They do sell food at the Bowl, but why buy it there when you can bring your own? Every seat at the Hollywood Bowl is great. If you are on a tight budget, you can find $7 or even $1 tickets. These, of course, are pretty far from the stage, but at that price it's a great deal. You'll still be able hear the music, enjoy your glass of wine and hang out with your friends.

One word of warning, the parking at the Bowl sucks. It's stacked parking, so if you do end up paying the $10-$20 for parking, you might get stuck behind someone before you can get out. I'd recommend parking at a lot outside the Bowl and walking. It's much less frustrating and sometimes a lot faster to get out.

If you love music and being outside grab a few friends, grab some food and pack a bottle of wine, head up to the Hollywood Bowl, you'll have a great time.
Listening to music under the stars…
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Eric says:
I agree! Still have to head out there this summer.
Posted on: Aug 08, 2009
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CrazyLisa CrazyLisa
35 reviews
Jul 13, 2007
The Hollywood Bowl is set into the hills of Hollywood. Parking can be a mess but once you have found some you travel in and up to find a bowl like setting for shows. Each year they put out a list of shows they will be showing through out the season. Musicals and orchestra performances are the norm. The benches are slightly uncomfortable but pillows can be brought to liven it up a bit. The lights and sounds are wonderful. The Bowl is next to a major freeway but once you are inside its like you are in some isolated hillside with no traffic or city around you.

Picnics are encouraged and people bring in food to each with their families before the performances. They have booths with food and beverages that you can buy (A large beer was $8.00 grr)

A good way to travel is to take the bus from El Monte bus station. The bus picks you up and drives you directly to the Bowl. No parking fee here. Then bus then waits until the show is over and picks you up and takes you back to the bus station. No need to remain sober and no need to fight with traffic and parking.

All in all the Hollywood Bowl is a nice place to go and sit and enjoy the sounds.
the view of the show from the far …
They lights that they use with the…
jenn79 jenn79
128 reviews
Feb 24, 2007
Hollywood Bowl is a great cultural center reinforced by great organization. This beautiful outdoor amphitheatre is in the heart of Hollywood. Public transportation and shuttle service goes all over L.A. to take patrons right to its doorstep. And the acts booked are legendary, and I don't use that word lightly.

I was lucky enough to have been there frequently during the 2005 season, where I saw Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Harry Connick Jr. and Babel Gilberto. What a fantastic year that was!

This is one of the few places left in a big city where you have the liberty to bring your own food and wine, have a picnic, and relax under the open sky. They also sell food and have a couple of restaurants inside, if I'm not mistaken. Tickets range from very expensive up front to $1 all the way in the back. There are at least a couple of huge projection screens showing you what's happening onstage. All in all a great time and a perfect place to have a nice date =)
Tony Bennett!
Orchestra of Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick Jr. on Bigscreen.

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