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Greek Theatre Facts


THE FACTS

The Greek Theatre(s)...
  • Was officially dedicated on September 25, 1929.
  • Was envisioned and initially funded by Griffith J. Griffith, a gold miner from South Wales who purchased 3,000 acres of Los Feliz Rancho to be used as a park.
  • Seating capacity of 5,801 seats.
  • Stage dimensions of 61 feet wide by 46 feet deep.
  • Has its original Greek columns that have graced the theatre since 1930.
  • Have had five inductees into its “Wall of Fame” for selling over 100,000 tickets. The inductees include: Chicago, Harry Belafonte, Santana, Johnny Mathis and the Gipsy Kings.
  • Has had an estimated 8 million guests pass through its turnstiles since 1978.
  • Underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2004 to upgrade the plaza, concession areas and backstage dressing rooms.
  • Has newly renovated $2 million state-of-the-art restrooms (152 total bathroom stalls).
  • Has hosted more than 167 high school and/or college graduations since 1930.
  • Has the best attendance record to date held by Neil Diamond, for his 14-night stand in 1986. (84,672 people attended).
  • Was the location for the filming of the hit movie "Bye Bye Birdie" in the '50's.
  • Hosted singer Judy Garland in 1957, followed by her daughter Liza Minnelli in 1981.
  • Was utilized by the United States Army as a barracks in the 1940’s during World War II.
  • Holds the record for most tickets sold for Harry Belafonte’s career with 721,894.
  • The Who marks the theatre’s highest grossing one-night event in its history.
  • Ray Charles marks his 10,000th concert at The Greek Theatre.
AWARDS
  • 2006 - Best Small Outdoor Venue of the Year, by Pollstar Magazine
  • 2005 - Best Small Outdoor Venue of the Year, by Pollstar Magazine
  • 2005 – Hollywood Heritage Award, City of Hollywood
  • 2004 - Best Small Outdoor Venue of the Year, by Pollstar Magazine
  • 2004 - Best Small Outdoor Venue of the Year, by Pollstar Magazine
  • 2002 - Best Small Outdoor Venue of the Year, by Pollstar Magazine
  • 2001 - Best Small Outdoor Venue of the Year, by Pollstar Magazine
  • 2000 - Best Small Outdoor Venue of the Year, by Pollstar Magazine
  • 1994 - Best Small Outdoor Concert Venue by Pollstar Magazine
  • 1993 - Amphitheatre of the Year by Performance Magazine
  • 1990 - Best Theatre Over 3,000 seats by Performance Magazine
COMMUNITY
  • The Greek Theatre raised more than $10,000 for the Griffith Park Recovery Fund
  • The Greek Theatre raised more than $15,000 for the Red Cross of America and New York Fallen Firefighter's Fund in 2001.
  • The Greek Theatre hosted:
    • Elton John's four-night AIDS benefit engagement
    • Sting's Children for the Rainforest concert
    • The Hollywood Heartwalk, 1990's "Big Green Concert" on behalf of a variety of environmental organizations
    • 1984 Olympic Gala
  • The Yellow Jacket Program is the only neighborhood watch program provided by a concert venue.  The Yellow Jacket Program consists of a neighborhood patrol group who roam the surrounding area in pairs, monitoring and addressing noise, traffic and security issues and solving potential problems on the spot. Neighbors report an increased feeling of well being when patrols are on duty.
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