Spend a Night at the Hollywood Bowl

Have you ever wanted to enjoy a night of music under the stars at one of L.A.’s favorite landmarks, but thought your hearing loss would make it impossible? Never fear; open-captions are available upon request for every show at the Hollywood Bowl! And the seats are great, too.  Read on for a primer about how to enjoy a night on the town.



  • Thanks in part to the work of theAdvocacy Committee of the Hearing Loss Association of America – Los Angeles Chapter, the Hollywood Bowl has offered “on demand” real-time captions for most shows for the past few years.
  • Seating in Section K3 has been set aside for providing captions. This is a box about two-thirds up the hill from the stage, on the far left side. There’s a large screen directly in front of the box, which broadcasts action from the stage (the screen may not be used for some shows; it depends on the artist).
  • Two flat screen monitors for captions are affixed to the railing at either side of the box; they’re slightly below eye level.
  • The box has two rows of metal folding chairs, with at least 10 chairs per row. There’s a third row of chairs just outside the box.
  • Tickets have assigned seat numbers. The ushers can, at times, be a little rigid about this. If you need the best view of the captions, request that your seat be either on the far left or right of section K3, in the front row.
  • http://www.hollywoodbowl.com


  • Tickets must be ordered through the Hollywood Bowl Accessibility Office, either by phone, by fax or in person.
  • Don’t order tickets directly from the website. Ticketmaster now handles online ticket orders, and you won’t be able to request captions, or the discounted prices.
  • Tickets can be mailed or held for pick up at the Will Call window.
  • https://www.hollywoodbowl.com/visit/accessibility


  • In section K3, with captions, tickets are the same cost as the lowest priced bleachers for that show. These prices are for Bowl-produced shows only.
  • To order tickets at these prices, there must be someone in your party needing captions.
  • Prices for leased events are offered at regular prices. Leased events are indicated on the Bowl’s online and print calendar.
  • Bowl produced shows: Tues-Wed-Thurs – $1 / Fri & Sun – $14 / Sat – $17 (subject to change)


  • Call the Bowl’s Accessibility Office at 213-850-2125
  • Hours are Tues-Sun 11am-5pm
  • Call at least one month in advance to request captions. Tickets must be ordered at the time captions are requested.
  • Be sure to specify seats in section K3, with real-time captions.
  • In general, there’s a $5 handling fee per ticket when ordering by phone. This can vary with the cost of the ticket.


  • Send a fax to Hollywood Bowl Accessibility Services; 323-850-2155
  • There is a $16 total handling fee for ordering by fax, no matter how many tickets are ordered.
  • Include:
    • notation that tickets are for section K3 with real-time captions
    • indicate that seats should be directly in front of either monitor showing captions (if required)
    • number of tickets
    • name of performer
    • date of performance
    • ticket price
    • your name, phone, email, billing and shipping address
    • credit card information
    • Again, request tickets at least one month in advance for captions. Tickets are sent 1-2 days after fax order is received.


There is a designated drop-off and pick-up spot if you’re taking Uber, Lyft or a taxi.

Park & Ride or Bowl Shuttle tickets can be purchased either when you buy your show tickets, or separately online. There are Park & Ride locations throughout Los Angeles. Tickets are $7 round trip.

  • Check online for a location near you, and for bus times.
  • There’sa $1.25 handling charge per ticket, when ordered online or by fax.
  • Tickets can be printed at home. You need to set up a free L.A. Phil email/password account to process the order.
  • These tickets are $12 cash when boarding the bus.
  • It’s best to order tickets in advance, to ensure a seat.
  • http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/visit/getting-to-the-bowl


  • The Bowl provides wheelchair service to and from seats, if needed. The check-in area is in the Plaza near the box office. Leave your name, seat number and parking/shuttle details with the attendant.
  • They’ll get you to your seat, come back at intermission if requested, and retrieve you after the show. It can take 10-20 minutes for the wheelchair attendant to come for you at the end of the night.
  • You’ll be taken to a staging area to wait for a golf cart ride down the hill to the plaza area.
  • The best part is, you won’t have to rush down the hill and across the street to catch the shuttle buses within the allotted 25 minutes.
  • Even if you don’t need a wheelchair, you can still board the return bus from the plaza area. Make your way down the hill, where the last buses of the night will come in. The wait may be up to an hour post-show.
  • You can either walk down the hill, or go to the staging area to check in and ride a golf cart down. The staging area is at the far right side of the walkway leading to section K3, near the restrooms and mini-gift shop. The wait time at the staging area can be 20-30 minutes.

Convention News – Spirit of HLAA Award to Lisa!

Lisa Yuan wining spirit of hlaa award

Lisa Yuan winning Spirit of HLAA award

It was a great turnout for the HLAA National Awards and Breakfast & Ceremony with many deserving individuals playing a big part to better the lives of those with hearing loss and daily challenges. Our very own (even though she’s no longer in Los Angeles) Lisa Yuan was recognized for her Spirit of HLAA award! See the video below provided by Teri.

Independence Day Party!

Get ready to party – again!
Chapter co-founders and all-around cute couple Kat and Danny have graciously offered to once again host our chapter’s Independence Day party beside their backyard pool in Montrose. It will be held on Wednesday, July 4th, most likely around noon. Grilling fixings will be provided. We’ll pass around a potluck sign-up sheet at Saturday’s meeting, or you can RSVP in the ‘contact us’ link here; let us know what you’d like to bring to share. Address and more details to follow.
Hope to see you there!

June 23 Chapter Meeting

Our next chapter meeting is coming up very soon! Read on for details.

Do you
Need help with a hearing loss issue?
Have a hearing loss story to tell?
Want to share news and advice with others who don’t hear well?
Have ideas about future chapter meeting topics?

Then our Saturday, June 23 chapter meeting is for you!

This meeting will be an informal rap session among friends. Come join to listen, learn and share.
9:30am – mingle; 10am-noon – meeting
Sherman Oaks Library, 14245 Moorpark Street

Captions will be provided and the meeting will be looped. The meeting will be led by our social media chair, Diane Gross (the rest of the steering committee, and some members, will be at the HLAA-National conference in Minneapolis)

Please bring your own beverages and snacks (of course, some extra of the latter to share is always welcome).

A Party to Remember!

HLAA LA Memorial Party

The HLAA-LA chapter’s Memorial Day weekend gathering on May 26th exceeded everyone’s expectations!

Nearly 30 members and their guests—including some we haven’t seen in quite a while—converged on president Heather Lehr’s beautiful home in San Marino to enjoy a lovely afternoon of food, fun and friendship. Seems like people enjoyed socializing so much, that all other planned activities and announcements went by the wayside, and three hours passed in the blink of an eye.

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HLAA Launches Brand New Website!

The new HLAA website

The New HLAA Website!

The Hearing Loss Association of America has just launched a brand new website. The site works on any device (mobile, tablet or PC) and has fresh and intuitive layout to help you find what you are looking for more easily and effectively. The site also serves those with low vision and the ability to translate text into more than 100 languages!

Please visit hearingloss.org to explore and see just how the improve design, layout and content will help you better meet your hearing needs!


May 26 – Memorial Weekend Party!

Hey, lovely folks!

Just a reminder that in lieu of our May chapter meeting, we will be having our annual picnic/party on Saturday, May 26 from noon-3pm.

Our president, Heather Lehr, has graciously volunteered to host at her lovely home in San Marino. The address will be provided after you RSVP “I’m coming!” to info@hlaa-la.org

The chapter appreciates YOU! Therefore, we will be providing the food from CA Pizza KItchen (including vegetarian fare). We’ll also provide beverages and dessert, although you’re welcome to bring a dessert to share.

See you at the shindig!

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