Hollywood Bowl


A world-renowned venue for musical performances originally built in the 1920’s, the Hollywood Bowl is the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Its curvilinear acoustical shell is one of the most recognizeable icons in the world.

After a major revival completed in June, 2004,  the current incarnation integrates the state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology, restoring the shell’s clean ucluttered look.  A larger shell, visually anchored on each side; an adjustable, translucent, fiberglass and aluminum acoustic-reflection canopy, or ‘halo’ – with positions for down, side, back and front lighting; accommodations for up to 200 lighting fixtures – ranging from conventional spotlights to robotics, and a 50-foot turntable all designed by FDA now dramatically improve the Bowl’s function.

Both classical musicians and pop artists using the facility now benefit from 30% more stage space to accommodate a full orchestra as well as stage scenery, lighting and sound technology. The Hollywood Bowl also better accommodates a wider range of leased events. All of this was completed  in the Bowl’s eight-month off-season; the official reopening took place on schedule in June, 2004.

  • Client: Hollywood Bowl PAC, LA Dept of Parks and Recreation
  • Project Category: Renovation and Restoration
  • Architect: Hodgetts + Fung Design Assoc.
  • Arch. of Record: Gruen Associates
  • Completion Year: 2004
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Acoustician: Jaffe Holden Acoustics
  • Capacity: 18,000 seats

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