Hollywood Bowl Cancels Its Summer Season — First Time In 98 Years

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The Hollywood Bowl 2020 summer season is canceled, the LA Philharmonic Association confirms.

This is the first time the Hollywood Bowl will close in its 98-year history. Many expected the LA Philharmonic Association to make the decision shortly, though that doesn’t lessen the blow for music-loving Los Angelenos. California Governor Gavin Newsom says he doesn’t see concerts returning before 2021.

The Philharmonic Association says it will experience devastating financial losses. It means a budget shortfall of $80 million will result from the closure of three venues.

“To mitigate these losses, the LA Phil must now take additional steps to address the financial impact caused by the pandemic and is furloughing approximately 25% of its full-time non-union workforce,” the announcement reads. The LA Phil is also laying off seasonal Hollywood Bowl employees, with cost savings measures continuing through the summer.

The Hollywood Bowl, the Ford, and Walt Disney Hall are all going dark because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl says the decision was hard, but the best choice for everyone. “This decision makes me heartsick for all the county residents who have made the Hollywood Bowl and the Ford a treasured ritual of each summer,” she says.

The LA Phil is launching a $35 million “Play Your Part” campaign. All donations will support the Association’s ongoing operations and programs, including the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. Hollywood Bowl ticketholders have the option of donating their tickets back to the LA Phil.

Chad Smith, the Association’s CEO, says the Association is “doing what is necessary to ensure that we are all here for the next century.” The LA Phil will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic situation and reassess as necessary.

Expect more closures as many health experts warn that live events will be the last to return. It may be 2021 and after a vaccine before people feel comfortable sharing large spaces in large crowds again.

12 Responses

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    Creepy Joe

    As far as I am concerned, California and its residents can burn to the ground. The world would be a better place without these nutwhacks.

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      Angelito

      You really have thought his out thoroughly I see. You fucking idiot. CA provides tax revenue to the fed that is distributed to other states who can’t hang. CA also produces most of the food that the entire country eats. Get you head out of your ass for a second to breathe. You dumbass motherfucking dimwit.

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        Creepy Joe

        California is hopelessly bankrupt and becoming a third-world shithole. Productive people are fleeing and the dregs and depraved are left behind. Have fun in your dumpster fire, nimrod.

        BTW—little secret—the rest of the US would be just fine without Kalifornia. So, please secede and see how that goes.

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          Angelito

          Not true. Your comments are emotionally based. Not fact.

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        Creepy Joe

        In case statistics matter to you, fukwit, California receives more in federal aid than it gives. Getting rid of your bankrupt ass would be a good thing for the other 49 states.

        Sheesh. You are fucking stupid. But, you are a Californian so I repeat myself.

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          Angelito

          More incorrect information. CA gives more in taxes that are redistributed to other states. Get your “facts” straight, idiot. Talk about stupid. You’re king of that hill.

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        Creepy Joe

        In case statistics matter to you, fukwit, California on produces about 3% more food than Iowa on a gross receipts basis. Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Texas are not far behind and would only have to increase production SLIGHTLY to cover losing Kalifornia’s food—if at all.

        So—I am begging you—get together with your Kalifornia friends (in between Antifa rallies) and secede. The rest of the US will be better off.

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          Angelito

          You’re a real fucking loser. Spouting off false numbers and wrong information doesn’t make it true. Go back under your bridge.

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    Berk

    Creepy Joe is Angelito is Al Jolson.

    What an idiot.

    Don’t respond to any of their comments. Ignore.

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      Danny Noonan

      Joe Biden molests collies. What is your point?

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        Berk

        If you don’t get basic English as I posted prior to your reply, then I can’t help you. It appears you have a problem with comprehension and reality, also.