We had a great time at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night, watching “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. In case you hadn’t known, the Hollywood Bowl is one of the most popular venues in Southern California for viewing concerts, especially in an outdoor setting.
It was a wonderful night to be outdoors, the moon was out, and the weather had cooled off recently. Many people had been picnicking before the show, all seats allow you to eat while watching, and you’re allowed to bring in your own food and drinks. There are also restaurants, small shops and souvenir booths, and a museum which I have not been inside. Parking is very crowded and expensive. You can take a bus there or subject yourself to stacked car parking where you have to wait until the people around you leave before you can leave the parking lot.
There is security screening before you enter and certain items are not allowed inside (definitely no firearms, and I don’t believe you can bring in glass bottles).
There are several people movers to get you up the hill to the different levels of seating. It is a very large place!
We loved the special effects of projecting images onto the bowl, as well as the multiple screens to make viewing easier for those sitting farther away. Clips from the movie were shown, mixed in with live performances by John Stamos, Weird Al Yankovic, Finn Wolfhard (from Stranger Things), and a number of other stars and singers.
Everyone got a golden ticket and every so often, we were prompted to scratch and sniff and the scents resembled candy or fruit or other smells that coincided with the movie scene. I did not win a lifetime of chocolates, but I did have one of the most enjoyable nights ever and am really glad we attended this show.