Every year, the LA Phil invests resources into serving the communities surrounding the Hollywood Bowl. These investments include physical upgrades to the venue, updated programs and services to reduce impacts, and the hiring of experts to address key concerns around traffic and sound. As an internationally known venue, we continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of our neighbors.
Reducing Cars Coming to the Bowl
Reducing the number of cars traveling to the Hollywood Bowl has been a long-term effort. The Bowl's bus program transports more than 200,000 patrons per year. In 2022, the Hollywood Bowl expanded the program, adding a 14th Park and Ride location in Willowbrook/Inglewood. In 2023, an additional shuttle location will be added at Burbank Metro station.
Reducing Sound “Spillage”
Before the start of the 2022 Season, the Hollywood Bowl installed a new cardioid system to focus sound to the audience and reduce spill-over into the neighborhood. This builds on other recent efforts to reduce sound impact including sound monitors for every show, restrictions against extra sound systems brought in by performers, and modified sound level pre-show sound checks. In 2022 and 2023, the Bowl is investing in a “sound blanket” at the uppermost limits of the property line to capture and contain more spillage from leaving the venue.
Street Closure Text Alerts
To offer another option for neighbors to be kept up to date, we have launched a text reminder system specifically for hard street closures. Complete the form to register your number and get messages about street closures that may occur on busy Hollywood Bowl event days. Once you're registered, you will receive a text message on the morning of each street closure.
Recognizing the resource that this arts venue is to the region, we are committed to working with immediate neighbors to provide access to the offerings of the Bowl. In addition to a longstanding practice of providing 4,000 vouchers to neighbors for Philharmonic performances, we also provide a series of additional tickets to adjacent neighborhood associations so they can arrange neighbor events at the Bowl as well as reward volunteers and active members in their own community. We have also significantly increased the number of concerts eligible under our voucher program.