City: Los Angeles
Address: 2301 North Highland Ave
Coolest Feature: Its band shell
Ninety years ago, the Hollywood Bowl opened with a Los Angeles Philharmonic performance conducted by Alfred Hertz. As the largest natural amphitheatre in the world, it seats close to 18,000 people and its design is rooted in the amphitheatres found in ancient Greece and Rome. It's perhaps best known for its shells, which rest below the Hollywood sign that adorns the Hollywood Hills. First built in the late '20s they were used to improve the acoustics and lasted until 2003, when they were replaced with new shells for the 2004 summer concert season. Due to its status as the largest venue of its kind in the country, artists hope to shut it down when they perform.
The Beatles' 1964 and 1965 performances were recorded and later released as The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, while The Doors wowed their audience with an astonishing performance in 1968. The Hollywood Bowl also witnessed the final Genesis performance in 2007, just four years before Phil Collins stepped away from the music business. Due to its proximity to Hollywood, the Hollywood Bowl has popped up in several Hollywood productions, appearing in A Star Is Born, Beaches, Escape from L.A. and Yes Man. Californication fans will also remember it from a second season episode where Lew Ashby attempts to woo Karen with a private concert.