The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles Cancels 2020 Season for First Time in 90 Years Due to COVID-19

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A rough summer in Los Angeles just got even quieter. Two weeks ago saw the legendary Hollywood Bowl officially cancel its entire 2020 season of live performances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and now the nearby Greek Theatre has made that decision regarding its schedule.

The Greek, which is also known for its amazing live gigs nestled in the lush setting of Griffith Park, announced the decision on Tuesday, noting that this marks the first time in 90 years that an entire season of performances have been shelved.

Via the official Greek Theatre website, which also features a detailed list of canceled/rescheduled shows:

For the first time in 90 years, The Greek Theatre Los Angeles announces cancellation of its 2020 season, in conformance with State, County and City guidelines regarding COVID-19 and the improbability for mass gatherings, like concerts and large crowd events. 

“Although we had hoped to celebrate our 90th Anniversary Season of providing live entertainment for the citizens of Los Angeles we feel it is the right, responsible and safe thing for fans, artists, staff and our Griffith Park community to put a pause on live, large crowd events until 2021,” said City of Los Angeles, Recreation and Parks Executive Officer, AP Diaz.

We will be taking time to refresh and reset, working with all our valued partners to reschedule any previously planned events. Please continue to monitor our website for event status updates. 

Here’s a local news report announcing the cancellation:

These tough decisions made by iconic Los Angeles-area venues comes as the entire live music industry remains in flux due to the pandemic. Live Nation is exploring options for modified live concert experiences, iindependent venues have banded together in hopes of ensuring their existence once the pandemic subsides, and the country’s first “pandemic concert” took place recently with strict guidelines in place.

It’s a new era, and we all long for a return to “normal” — or anything close to it, as far as live concerts are concerned.

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