The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles
The Greek Theatre is truly a beautiful and magical venue right up there with the Hollywood Bowl.
I was fortunate enough to head to both the Hollywood Bowl and The Greek this month. If you have never been to The Greek, you sure are missing out.
First of all, the venue is on the small side – especially compared to the Hollywood Bowl. But that definitely isn’t a downfall. In fact, it means that no matter where you are at in this venue, you have a pretty great view of the stage.
It’s perfect to enjoy the summer evenings that are always so perfect in California. It is an outdoor venue that has won the award of Best Small Outdoor Venue a number of times already.
The architecture is another one of the perks of The Greek. It was designed and modeled after a Greek temple (hence the name – The Greek). Architect Samuel Tilden Norton designed it and the amphitheater’s stage truly resembles the spirit of the Greek.
• The Greek was built in 1929 and opened on September 29, 1929.
• Seats 5,870 people.
• Located in Griffith Park, Los Angeles.
• The Greek is owned by the city of Los Angeles, but the Nederlander Organization manages and operates it.
• It was used as a barracks during World War II.
After my experience, I have gathered a few tips to help out any eager concertgoers.
If you are concerned about parking, I suggest checking out The Greek’s newest parking addition that is an off-site lot. It is $7 and is located near the 5 freeway. You have to pre-pay for this the day before the show. A shuttle will then take you to The Greek. This is a great option that allows you to relax and enjoy a great time with no worries about traffic. Plus, it beats paying the $20 + for parking as you get closer to the theater.
There are some residential areas around the theater that allow for free parking, however park there carefully if you decide to try it out. There are a few areas that become tow-away zones after 5 pm.
The amphitheater also serves food and drinks. The Greek also has plenty of picnic tables in front of the venue that are perfect for having a bite to eat before enjoying the show.
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