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The Greek Theatre

Map & Directions 2700 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining


LA Weekly's Description

Nestled in a tree-lined Los Feliz canyon in Griffith Park at the base of a hill that leads up to Griffith Observatory, the Greek Theatre is one of Los Angeles' most popular and enduring open-air amphitheaters. With a seating capacity of 5800, the Greek is more intimate than the Hollywood Bowl, and it has better sound than most local outdoor venues. Designed by architect Frederick Heath and paid for by the controversial industrialist (and Griffith Park namesake) Griffith J. Griffith, the amphitheater opened in 1929, hosting seasonal summer concerts and Broadway shows. Because the Greek is part of Griffith Park, it's owned by the City of Los Angeles, but it's managed by the local promoters Nederlander-Greek Inc. The venue has been the site of many famous concerts, including Neil Diamond's 1972 live album, Hot August Nights. (It was also the setting for the 2010 comedy Get Him to the Greek.) Diamond was among the first to salute "the tree people," the unofficial designation for those folks who listen to concerts for free on a hillside just outside the Greek's back gate. Over the years, Neil Young, the Pretenders, the White Stripes, the Talking Heads, the B-52's, Cat Power, Paul Simon, Neko Case, Ringo Starr, Elton John, the Sex Pistols, Alison Krauss, the Screaming Trees, Youssou N'Dour, the Go-Go's, Florence & the Machine, Robert Plant and many other celebs have performed under the stars in this decidedly laid-back setting. The Greek has several full bars and food concessions, and the adjoining space called the Redwoods is a sylvan environment for pre-show parties and mixers. Most of the available parking is stacked parking on the surrounding grass fields, but preferential parking (with easier access) is also available for a higher price. All ages.

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  • frans.mikel wrote a review for The Greek Theatre
    on 11/19/10

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  • RiptInPieces wrote a review for The Greek Theatre
    on 04/16/10

    PAY FOR VIP PARKING! If you don't it's Stack Parking!

  • kathrynC wrote a review for The Greek Theatre
    on 08/30/09

    Next to the bowl....second best outdoor concert experience

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  • Mazda on 12/06/10

    Designed by architect Frederick Heath, the amphitheater's stage is modeled after a Greek temple.

  • AskMen on 09/24/10

    2 lucky subscribers can win a VIP package to see Dane Cook live on Sat. Oct. 2. Includes 2 tickets to the show, parking, drinks & appetizers. Send your contacts to alphamail@askmen.com to enter.

  • The Standard on 04/19/11

    CA (See) A more intimate version of The Hollywood Bowl, The Greek offers great acoustics in an amazing outdoor setting. Bring a date, it's also a perfect spot for makin' out!

  • Maroon 5 on 06/07/12

    This is one of our favorite places to play AND see shows, and it's right in our neighborhood! - James and Mickey

  • Idea Monkey, Inc. on 07/27/11

    The Greek Theater opened in 1930 and promptly burnt down. In 1931 after reopening it became home to numerous productions in the 30s including many by the Works Progress Administration Federal Theater.

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