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Gate Open Times (barring stage delays):
- For Tuesday/Thursday Classical series concerts, Wednesday Jazz series concerts, and lease events, the gates open two hours prior to concert start time.
- For all other concerts, the gates open 2 ½ hours prior to concert start time.*
*Including Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday non-subscription concerts
Please be aware that for the security of our guests, we search all individuals and items before entering the auditorium areas.
As a courtesy to the musicians and the audience, please keep noise to a minimum during the performance, including – securing all bottles, coughing, unwrapping candy, talking, etc. PLEASE TURN OFF ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES DURING PERFORMANCES, including mobile phones, pagers, watch alarms, portable devices and video games.
Flash photography, professional camera or recording equipment (including cameras with detachable lenses, any form of camera stand or audio/video recording devices), laser pointers or other electronic devices are prohibited.
As a courtesy to the performers and the audience, latecomers will not be seated until the earliest appropriate program break, at the discretion of management. Please note that certain programs are performed without intermission and therefore no late seating can be offered at those concerts.
Tickets for Children
There is no minimum age for admittance to the Hollywood Bowl. We do ask that everyone, regardless of age, be able to sit quietly through a two-hour or more concert without disrupting others. Ushers may ask parents whose children are noisy to remove them from the theater. If there is repeated disruption, we reserve the right to revoke admission and refund your ticket price, excluding service charges.
Instead of evening concerts, we strongly advise that children three to nine years old attend "SummerSounds: World Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl." Please visit the SummerSounds page online or call 323.850.2000 for more information.
Regular Bowl concerts are not intended for young children. In any case, children ages two and up must have a regular-price ticket to enter the theater and must sit in the seat indicated. Children under two do not require a ticket. Management may require baby strollers and carrying devices to be stored at the Operations Office.
By law (LACC 17.04.645), smoking is not permitted on the Hollywood Bowl grounds, except in designated areas. Violators are subject to removal. Smoking in any other areas could lead to arrest and would be considered a misdemeanor. Please refer to the map below for the areas at the bowl designated for smoking.
The long standing Bowl tradition is that the "show must go on," so there are no rained out concerts and no rain checks issued. For safety reasons, umbrellas are not permitted at the Hollywood Bowl.
Coolers, Containers, and Picnic Baskets
You may bring food and drink to the Hollywood Bowl, but for the safety of all our patrons and to comply with fire regulations, the aisles and walkways of the Hollywood Bowl must be kept clear at all times. Therefore, large containers, picnic baskets, or coolers measuring more than 15" wide, 15" high, or 22" long will not be permitted past the ticket gate. Re-usable containers (such as Tupperware or sipper bottles), holding food or beverages are permitted in the theater, as are wine bottles and wine glasses. Please note: kegs, pony kegs and party balls are not permitted. (For Lease Events, except Playboy Jazz Festival, please see Special Policies for Lease Events.)
The Los Angeles City Fire Department has granted permission to use candles that meet very specific fire safety requirements, in the Box Seat sections only. Approved candles are sold at the Bowl Store. If the candle device consists of more than one part, the parts must be secured together so that the candle device remains intact when tipped over. The tip of the flame must not be any closer than 2 inches from the top of the container.