There's a reason the Greek Theatre is consistently ranked North America's Best Small Outdoor Venue by Pollstar Magazine. Because if an intimate setting in the country is what you're after, there is no better place in L.A. to see a concert. And the best part is you don't even have to leave the city! The Greek is located in Griffith Park and was built in 1929. Although it's a relatively small venue – holding just under 6,000 seats – the first-class acoustics make it a favorite among concertgoers. It's no wonder the Greek hosts some of the biggest musical acts when they roll into town, with Al Green, Joe Cocker, Huey Lewis and the News, and the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh being just a few of the big-names playing the Greek this summer. And yeah, the Greek is also the only venue in the country to inspire a major Hollywood movie starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand. Now could you imagine if it would've been called Get Him to the Cleveland Plain Dealer Pavilion? Doesn't really roll of the tongue, now does it?
Where is the Greek Theatre located?
The Greek Theatre is located at 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027. You can call the Theatre directly at 323-665-5857.
How do I purchase tickets?
The Greek makes it real easy to purchase tickets for any of their shows. If you go to their website, www.greektheatrela.com, there's a list of all the upcoming shows with a link to buy tickets. This will reroute you to Ticketmaster's website, where you can proceed with your purchase.
You can also purchase tickets the old-fashioned way by visiting the box office, which is located just north of the Greek Theatre at 2700 North Vermont Canyon in Griffith Park. The box office is open Monday thru Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It's closed on holidays.
How do I get there by public transportation?
Given it's Griffith Park location, those without a car do have options for taking public transportation. Your best bet is to take the Metro Bus 180/181 and get off at Los Feliz Blvd. and N. Vermont Ave. From there you'll have to walk a little less than a mile north on Vermont Blvd. The walk should take no more than 15 minutes and will lead you right to the front gates of the Greek. You can find the exact times the bus is running by visiting www.mta.net.
How do I get there by car?
This is L.A. so chances are you own a car. That being said, pretty much all of the major freeways will take you to the Greek.
Those coming from West Hollywood or Hollywood should take Franklin Ave. to Los Feliz Blvd., then make a left on N. Vermont Ave., which will take you right there.
If you're coming from South Bay and the beach cities, take the 405 North to the 10 East. Get off at the Vermont Avenue exit and make a left on Vermont. This will lead you right to the theatre.
Those traveling from Pasadena need to take the 110 South to the 101 North. Get off at the Vermont Avenue exit, make a right on Vermont, then follow it to the venue.
If you're coming from the San Fernando Valley, take the 101 South to the Vine Street exit. Go straight under the underpass and you will be going east on Franklin. Turn left on Western and follow it around as it becomes Los Feliz. Turn left on Vermont and follow it to the venue.
Those coming from Orange County should take the 5 North to the 101 branch. Get off at the Vermont Avenue exit, make a right on Vermont and follow it to the venue.
What's the seating situation like?
The seating situation is generally good at The Greek, thanks to its wonderful sound system. And given its intimate setting, views of the stage are especially good. Since the Greek offers stadium-style seating, you definitely won't have big heads blocking the view in front of you.
What's the parking like if I drive?
For $15 you can park at the Greek Theatre, but it's not recommended if you plan on leaving early. Since the Greek favors "stacked parking", it can often take hours to leave. However, the Greek does have other parking options available. For $20 you can park "non-stacked" at their brand new Easy Access Lot. Space is limited for this parking option so you'll want to be sure to get their nice and early.
If neither of those two options appeals to you then you can always park at Louise's Trattoria on Los Feliz Blvd. as part of the Greek's "Park and Dine" program for all of its patrons. All the info on this is available at: http://louises.com/greek.html.
The Greek has also partnered with Dine and Ride, which provides a shuttle service to the venue from a variety of restaurants in Los Feliz. You can find a list of the restaurants offering this service by visiting www.dineandride.com.
What kind of food do they serve inside?
The Greek has concessions available on both the south and north concourses as well as on the upper level at Zeus' bar. All traditional concession stand options are available, from popcorn and candy, to hot dogs and hamburgers. The Greek does serve alcohol, with an additional bar located on the front plaza. Prices can get a little steep for alcohol, so expect to pay $12 for a beer, and about $16 for well drinks.
If you're looking for the VIP treatment than you'll want to check out their Box Suite Program. It comes with a personal wait service and a full menu. You can find more info on this option by visiting www.greektheatrela.com/vip.
The Greek does not allow any outside food or beverages to be brought into the venue. But you can pre-order a food basket and have yourself a little picnic. Some of the items that come with the basket include California cheeses, salami, lemon cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, and much more. Prices for their picnic baskets start at $42. You can find more info on them by visiting www.greektheatrela.com/baskets/.
Are there any good places to eat around there?
The Greek has dozens of good restaurants located in the area. For pizza you can never go wrong with Village Pizzeria, located on N. Cahuenga in Hollywood. If you're in the mood for Italian food, you can dine in at Louise's Trattoria on Los Feliz Blvd., and also park your car in their lot until after the show. And for authentic Chinese cuisine, the Palace Restaurant on Hillhurst Ave. is open until 10 p.m. on most nights.
Where can I learn more about the Greek Theatre?
Everything else you need to know about the Greek Theatre, including a detailed schedule of all the upcoming concerts, is available on their website at www.greektheatrela.com.