HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The L.A. Phil announced on Wednesday, May 13 that the Hollywood Bowl would be closing its doors for the summer. According to a press release via the Bowl’s website, shows scheduled as early as May 29 are still listed. The announcement came from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, who indicates the pandemic as the reason for the cancellation. 

The Hollywood Bowl is a venue in Los Angeles. From musicals to concerts, to hosting the L.A. Phil, the venue has been running for almost a century. The longest period it has gone with its doors closed is two weeks. The first closing transpired in 1951 due to a financial crisis. A “costly and unpopular” five-night performance of Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, as the Hollywood Bowl’s history website says, caused the venue to close. A commission was set up in order to raise funds.

Due to the pandemic, the Hollywood Bowl laid off seasonal workers, but more cuts are expected because of the latest developments. The L.A. Phil Association is asking customers to consider donating the value of the tickets. For information on donations and getting ticket refunds, please contact the Bowl at information@laphil.org.