The Hollywood Bowl in the Off-Season
The Hollywood Bowl When It’s Just a City Park Is a Fun Private Tour Stop
We often come down Cahuenga Boulevard from the Hollywood Hills and into downtown Hollywood. This route takes us right past the entrance to the fabulous Hollywood Bowl. Many people, even locals, do not realize that the Hollywood Bowl is managed by Los Angeles County and is really a well-manicured and nicely maintained park. Grassy areas, picnic tables and walking paths are all around the amphitheater. There is the Hollywood Bowl Museum for those on our Los Angeles private tour wanting to see photographs of the various band shells that have adorned this music mecca since the early 1920s as well as multitudes of celebrated performers and celebrity audience members over almost 100 years. Despite being an outdoor performance space that today seats almost 18,000 music lovers there have been numerous renovations and improvements over the years to accommodate modern acoustics, modern musical instruments and changes in audience expectations for this kind of entertainment. After all, we need really good film projection systems to watch The Sound of Music during its annual sing-along and clips from all the John Williams movies when he is here almost every summer conducting the orchestra. During the summer months when the bowl is active we might not arrive early enough to get close to the stage as preparations for that evening’s performance are underway. During the months when the facility is quiet we have complete access to the seating and stage. Kids can enjoy climbing the steps to the top of the amphitheater (where they can see the Hollywood Sign above the shell) and future stars of theater and film can step onto the stage to belt out a favorite song (a capella, of course).