The Greek Theatre is an outdoor venue where professional concerts, high school graduations, and community events take place. Located in Los Feliz at 2700 North Vermont Ave, The Greek was designed by Samuel Tilden Norton and constructed in 1929.
The idea for the theatre is credited to Griffith J. Griffith (1850-1919), an American mining industrialist (born in Wales). He purchased the Rancho Los Feliz Mexican land grant in the late 1800s. Griffith donated the land (approximately 3,000 acres) to the city of Los Angeles in 1896, which became Griffith Park, and he funded the building of The Greek Theatre and the Griffith Observatory. Griffith stipulated that the theatre should be crafted in the style of Greek theatres. Traditionally, Greek theatres were outdoor structures where tragedies and comedies were performed to honor the gods. The chorus narrated the action with musical accompaniment. Orchestras were also common in these theatres (an area in the middle of the theatre where the scenes were performed).
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The Greek in Los Feliz, located in Griffith Park, has almost six thousand seats. It was upgraded during the 50’s, it was used as barracks during the second world war, and it was renovated in 1995. SMG has been managing the theatre since 2015. It’s home to many concerts and the graduation site for John Marshall High School and Thomas Starr King Middle School. The venue was featured in the film Get Him to the Greek (2010), starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand.
The Greek has hosted artists like Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Sir Elton John, Carlos Santana, and more. It’s also been the location of television shows and films. You can also enjoy food and libations at The Greek at the north and south concession stands, the Agora Coffee Bar, the Plaza Bar, and the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge.
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