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  • Jun. 14, 2016
  • New Exhibition at the Hollywood Bowl Museum 
    the 2016 Summer Season
    Open June 18

    Los Angeles, CA (June 14, 2016) - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association today announced a new exhibition at the Hollywood Bowl Museum titled "Attention Pilots: Hollywood Bowl and the Skies Above." Opening June 18, in conjunction with the opening of the 2016 summer season, the exhibition examines the long-standing efforts by the LA Phil to keep the skies above the venue clear of aircraft during performances.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's efforts to preserve one of the key environmental features of the Hollywood Bowl - a quiet oasis where live music can be heard under the stars in the middle of the buzzing city - have included outreach to airplane and helicopter pilot associations, air traffic controllers, the air support division of the LAPD, and the local office of the FAA. The exhibition's core visual component - the 'no fly' posters produced since the 1970s - were distributed throughout these organizations and around the city to help dissuade aviators from flying over the Bowl during the summer season.   

    The exhibition also explores additional efforts made over the years, including the installation of two lighting systems designed to deter aircraft - searchlights to help mark the perimeter of the Bowl in the sky, and strobe lights on the mountaintops surrounding the Bowl grounds. From 1977 to 1979 an official plane spotter was situated atop one of the Bowl towers. When an aircraft was spotted, a call was made to the stage manager, who would subsequently call the Van Nuys control tower, who then contacted the aircraft and asked them to change course.

    Also included in the new exhibition are vintage travel posters and archival video clips which address the history of airborne noise pollution in Los Angeles.

    During the summer season, the Hollywood Bowl Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday (10:00 AM until show time) and Sundays (4:00 PM until show time).

    Please visit for a look at the new Hollywood Bowl history, a comprehensive timeline of the landmark venue featuring archival images and videos, some of which have never been on view to the public.

    The Hollywood Bowl 2016 summer season begins with Opening Night at the Bowl featuring Steely Dan on June 18. Subscriptions and single tickets for the entire season are available now at, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000, and in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office.

    About the Hollywood Bowl
    One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz offerings. The venue offers something for everyone, from its sizzling summer evening concerts to the daytime arts festival for children, "SummerSounds: World Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl." In February 2016, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the twelfth year in a row at the 27th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer.

  • Contact:

    Sophie Jefferies, 213.972.3422,
    Lisa White, 213.972.3408,
    Andrew Schwartz, 213.972.3406,
    Laura Cohen, 310.867.3897,
    Photos: 213.972.3034