Etched in the canyons near the top of Griffith Park and emitting ambiance that is second to none, the Greek Theatre is one of the most storied and celebrated concert bowls in the country. A 7-time recipient of the Best Small Outdoor Venue award in the past eight years by Pollstar Magazine (the industry’s leading trade publication), “The Greek”—as it’s affectionately known to locals—is among the city’s most cherished public sites.
From Sir Elton John to Neil Diamond, The Lumineers to Lorde, many-a-star have emptied their soul out on this stage. But how did this 5,900 capacity outdoor venue get carved into a Los Angeles wilderness park? In order to get to know The Greek on a more intimate level, we first have to travel back in time to its roots.
A Little History
The idea for The Greek Theatre originated with a wealthy landowner by the name of Griffith J. Griffith. Hailing from South Wales, Griffith settled in Los Angeles where he made a personal fortune in Mexican silver mines and, subsequently, Southern California real estate. Wanting to leave behind a gift to the community he thrived in, Griffith donated 3,000 acres of land to the city of Los Angeles to construct a park (Griffith Park). Following his death in 1919, his will set up a $1 million trust fund to construct the observatory—along with the Greek Theatre, which was officially dedicated on September 25, 1930.
Thanks to its prime acoustics, there’s no bad seat in the bowl…but if you’re looking for a slightly elevated experience (with perks such as a personal wait-staff), we suggest that you look into booking a four-person box suite or VIP seating. Arrive early to soak in your surroundings and raise a glass to endless summers in Los Angeles.
Consider this your night off from cooking, for outside food and drink isn’t allowed inside the venue; however, with offerings that include a sit-down restaurant, multiple concession stands, coffee and dessert cart and a bar*, you’ll be well taken care of. Patrons may also take advantage of the Greek Theatre Pre-Order menu by reserving a picnic basket ahead of time and picking it up upon arrival (just be sure to place your order at least 48 hours before the show). *Opt for the bottle of vino or prosecco: it comes in a plastic carafe for easy (and safe) sippin’ and you can take anything leftover home with you.
On-site parking can be purchased in advance or you can choose to use their shuttle service for only $10.
Over the course of the current 2017 season—which generously spans from March to November—The Greek will play host to the likes of John Legend, Band of Horses, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, Steve Miller Band, and Sam Hunt, to name just a few. Don’t miss your chance to see a live performance from one of your favorite (or soon-to-be-favorite) artists or comedians in this unforgettable setting under the stars.
The Greek Theatre is located at 2700 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027. Get tickets here or call (323) 665-5857.
Photos courtesy of The Greek Theatre