Gibson Amphitheater Closing

Gibson Amphitheater Closing

According to the announcement the iconic Los Angeles venue will cease operations in September. The Gibson Amphitheater’s lease is ending in September and the venue will close its doors.

“It is a tremendous venue with a uniquely intimate setting that has made it a very special place for fans and artists alike,” said Bret Gallagher, President of North American Concerts, Southern California/Las Vegas.

The Gibson Amphitheatre, a popular concert venue since opening in 1972 as the Universal Amphitheatre, will be leveled as early as October to make way for a Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood.

“It is a tremendous venue with a uniquely intimate setting that has made it a very special place for fans and artists alike. The list of musicians that have played here is simply staggering… While a change like this is difficult, we look forward to putting together a series of great shows that will celebrate everything about this marvelous building.”

The Gibson will host a final farewell concert featuring artists who have played on its stage. The show will be assembled by Live Nation’s Southern California office. The lineup has not yet been announced.

Those with tickets to shows scheduled beyond September are advised to hang on to those tickets. Officials say Live Nation is working to move those events into other venues and will notify ticketholders when new information is available. If a show cannot be moved, fans will receive a full refund.

It’s been presumed for months that the iconic amphitheatre would need to come down, since NBCUniversal has been saying that its joint-venture attraction with Warner Bros. called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was to be built at the north end of the park, which is where the amphitheatre resides. On Wednesday, the decision was made formal.

Gallagher said details will be announced for a series of farewell shows soon. Fans who were planning to attend shows there after September are advised to hold on to their tickets as Live Nation makes arrangements for performances at new venues.

The theater was renamed the Gibson Amphitheatre when it acquired naming rights in 2005. Gibson will surrender naming rights when the venue is shuttered, but NBCU did not say whether the guitar and musical instruments retailer was due a partial refund.

The 6,100-seat space opened as the Universal Amphitheatre in 1972, an outdoor venue at Universal Studios. The mid-sized space with was loved by performers and fans alike for the intimacy setting with superior sound. Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Madonna, Kanye West, the Grateful Dead and many other major artists performed there. Aside from music, the venue has also hosted Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.

The Gibson has long been a marquee L.A. venue for Latin acts such as Jenni Rivera, Mana and Jaguares. Norteño legend Vicente Fernandez will close out his final tour with three dates at the Gibson this weekend.

The official decision to close the amphitheatre comes a day after NBCU received permission to get started on a $1.6 billion “Evolution Plan,” which includes the Harry Potter attraction as well as improvements to the film studio, more parking and the possibility of a couple of hotels.

The official decision to close the amphitheatre comes a day after NBCU received permission to get started on a $1.6 billion “Evolution Plan,” which includes the Harry Potter attraction as well as improvements to the film studio, more parking and the possibility of a couple of hotels.

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