Movies and concerts al fresco!

Summertime is finally here and The LA Phil continues to champion film music in the picturesque setting of The Ford and LA’s biggest outdoor theater, the Hollywood Bowl. Presentations include full films with orchestra, outdoor screenings, concerts of film music – with and without movie clips – and the multi-decade tradition of the ever-popular Sing-Along Sound of Music.

The Ford.

The Ford is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Los Angeles, CA 90068

The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

From the press release:

Maestro of the Movies: John Williams with the LA Phil

Hollywood Bowl

Friday, July 7 at 8 PM

Saturday, July 8 at 8 PM

Sunday, July 9 at 7:30 PM

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

John Williams, conductor

John Williams’ scores are instantly recognizable, filled with soaring melodies, poignant emotion, and thrilling moments. It’s little wonder that he’s long been considered the greatest composer in Hollywood history, having contributed to some of the biggest films of all time: Star Wars, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, Indiana Jones, E.T., Jaws, and so many more. Join John and his dear friend and colleague Gustavo Dudamel as they share the podium for three magical nights of movie music performed by the LA Phil, including selections with film clips.

A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Hollywood Bowl

Thursday, August 3 at 8 PM

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Caleb Young, conductor

Los Angeles Master Chorale

Grant Gershon, Artistic Director

Jenny Wong, Associate Artistic Director

As Warner Bros. celebrates 100 years of entertaining audiences around the world, the Hollywood Bowl will add a highlight to this yearlong celebration through Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey. A landmark film in the 1960s, it has topped many critics’ lists for greatest film of all time. A key ingredient in Kubrick’s cinematic alchemy was his clever use of classical music, which forever changed and gave new meaning set against stunning celestial imagery. From the ethereal music of György Ligeti to Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra and Johann Strauss, Jr.’s The Blue Danube, watch and listen as the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs the score live to picture while the movie shows on the Bowl’s big screens.

Recommended for ages 12+

Running time 90 minutes (first half)

70 minutes (second half)

Presented in association with Warner Bros., the Southbank Centre London and the British Film Institute.

Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Concert

Hollywood Bowl

Friday, August 4 at 8 PM

Saturday, August 5 at 8 PM

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Thomas Wilkins, conductor

Walt Disney Animation Studios has shown us stories that have defined our humanity and inspired the world to wish upon a star. Journey through the most iconic song and film moments of the studio’s treasured legacy live in concert, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Fantasia to The Little Mermaid to Encanto. Special guest artists join Thomas Wilkins and the LA Phil for an unforgettable experience under the stars, complete with magical film clips on the big screen.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert

Hollywood Bowl

Friday, September 1 at 8 PM

Saturday, September 2 at 8 PM

Los Angeles Philharmonic

David Newman, conductor

In the climactic sixth episode of the Star Wars saga, Darth Vader readies the second Death Star to unleash the final blow to the Rebel Alliance. Luke Skywalker joins R2-D2, C-3PO, and Princess Leia to free Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt and launch a desperate attack upon the entire Imperial Fleet. Watch the complete film unfold as David Newman and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform John Williams’ legendary score live to picture.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm and Warner/Chappell Music. © All rights reserved. ©2023 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. All Rights Reserved © Disney

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music

Hollywood Bowl

Saturday, September 16 at 7:30 PM

Melissa Peterman, host

6:00 PM pre-show and costume contest

7:30 PM film

Here are a few of our favorite things: The Bowl on a summer night, singing songs with friends old and new, and the Hollywood Hills coming alive with the sound of music! Join the von Trapps and fellow music fans for this Bowl tradition, and don a clever costume for the pre-show contest with hilarious host Melissa Peterman at our special screening of the Oscar®-winning film.


Produced in partnership with Street Food Cinema

The Ford

Saturday, September 23 at 8 PM


Witness the iconic Tejano singer’s rise to stardom and the top of the Latin Music charts, on the big screen! Join us during Hispanic Heritage Month for a night of celebration featuring Selena-inspired musical performances that will get you moving! Come early to enjoy Selenamos, a Selena tribute band, performing some of Selena’s most well-known songs.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Produced in partnership with Street Food Cinema

The Ford

Saturday, October 28 at 8 PM

Sins O’ the Flesh

Let’s do the time warp again with The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the big screen! Sing along with the 1975 rock musical classic. Screening LA Staple and notable shadow cast Sins O’ the Flesh, bringing Rocky Horror to life at The Ford.

Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2023 summer season are available online here and for The Ford are available online here or via phone at 323 850 2000 for both venues. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office. Programs, artists, prices and dates subject to change. Ticket limits may apply. 

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, offering something for everyone. 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 performances. In February 2023 the venue was named the Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year at the 34th Annual Pollstar Awards, an honor bestowed 15 previous times. The Hollywood Bowl was also named Amphitheater of the Decade at the 32nd Annual Pollstar Awards as well as Top Amphitheater at the 2017 and 2018 Billboard Touring Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer. 

About The Ford: 

The Ford is one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles, with an outdoor 1,200-seat amphitheater and a rich history dating back to 1920. Situated in a 32-acre park and under the stewardship of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, The Ford presents an eclectic summer season of music, dance, film, and family events that are reflective of the communities of Los Angeles.

About the LA Phil:

Under the leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil offers live performances, media initiatives and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra is the foundation of the LA Phil’s offerings, which also include a multi-genre, multidisciplinary presenting program and such youth development programs as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). Performances are offered on three historic stages—Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and The Ford—as well as through a variety of media platforms. In all its endeavors, the LA Phil seeks to enrich the lives of individuals and communities through musical, artistic and learning experiences that resonate in our world today.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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