Venue

Gibson is a great mid-sized venue

Gibson Amphitheatre At Universal CityWalk
Universal City, CA



The Amphitheatre opened in 1972 as an outdoor venue and quickly became the place for contemporary music for both performers and fans. Long-time patrons delight in mentioning the time they saw The Grateful Dead, David Bowie, Elton John, Frank Sinatra and a young comedian named Steve Martin. They all performed under the stars during the open-air days of the Amphitheatre.

In 1982 the Amphitheatre was remodeled and reopened as a state-of-the-art indoor venue with the best sight lines and acoustics in the industry. The touring industry responded by making the venue the launching point for major tours. Virtually every star in every musical genre has graced the stage, from Eric Clapton to Eddie Murphy, Amy Grant to Frank Zappa, Rod Stewart to the Royal Danish Ballet. Multiple-night sell-outs have become a standard of great achievement in the industry, accomplished by artists as varied as: James Taylor, Nine Inch Nails, Juan Gabriel, Oingo Boingo (including the band's final four performances), Barney, Luis Miguel, Bette Midler, Radio City Christmas Spectacular Performers and Smashing Pumpkins. The Amphitheatre is a magnet for performers from around the world and has been the site for events of worldwide interest, hosting a Pope as well as a President. The Amphitheatre also provides a perfect home for awards shows and fundraisers: MTV Music Awards, VH1 Honors, the Academy of Country Music Awards, HBO's Comic Relief and AIDS Project Los Angeles' Commitment to Life events have all shined at Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk.

ticket information to top

For Ticket Info Call: 818.622.4440 (Box Office)
Concert Hotline: 818.622.4440

Tickets may be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, at the Gibson Amphitheatre Main Box Office or the Universal CityWalk Box Office, or can be charged by phone at 213.252.TIXS (8497).

box office hours to top

Gibson Amphitheatre Box Office: Thu-Mon 1-9pm; closed Tue & Wed.
Universal CityWalk Box Office: Sun-Thu 1-8:45pm; Fri & Sat 1-10:30pm.

general rules to top

No Bottles, Cans, Coolers
No Baskets, Cameras, or Recording Devices
Gibson Amphitheatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking outside of the building is permitted.
Everyone needs a ticket, even children.

special seating to top

Disabled Seating Is Available. See seating chart for more details.

All seats are Reserved, except when the Pit is noted as being General Admission, Standing Room Only.

To get information on becoming a Premiere Marquee Club member, please call 818.622.4440.

special events

Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk is available to rent, primarily Sunday through Thursday, for your special event. For availability and information, please call 818.622.4405, or fax your information to 818.622.0183.

the masters of corporate events to top

You know the importance of making the right impression. Image counts, so the place you select—and what that place does for you—can make a tremendous impact on your perception with the public, current and potential customers, the press, other businesses, your supporters and employees. And there's no place that can give your event as much prestige, visibility or capability as the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk.

Though internationally known as the home of superstar entertainment, there's much more to the Amphitheatre than just music. As the most complete event complex in Southern California, everything you could ever need is right here on the lot: state-of-the-art theatre seating more than 6,000, hotels, restaurants, unique shops, movie theatres, and of course, all the attractions, resources, and glamour of the world's largest motion picture and television studio. It's all right here in a safe, controlled environment.

Most important is our all-star team of specialists who will help you stage an unforgettable show. Our technical experts can tailor lighting, sound, video, scenery—even the stage itself—to suit practically any purpose. We can arrange satellite broadcasts and create dazzling special effects to make your presentation sizzle.

Whatever type of business event you're staging, from incentive or sales conferences to new product reveals, from stockholder meetings to pull-out-all-the-stops convention spectaculars, Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk has the flexibility to make it happen. Every area of the Amphitheatre invites use by your group. From presentations in the auditorium, to product displays in the semicircular sky-lit concourse, to smaller areas for private meeting. And breakout space is available just steps away.

Over the years we've created unforgettable corporate events for some of the top names in business: Apple Computer, Nissan, Microsoft, IBM, Pepsi-Cola, Oldsmobile, Pacific Bell, Herbalife, Avon, Yamaha, Strohs, and GTE—to name just a few. And it's been rave reviews all around.

So let the show begin. For when it comes to staging corporate events, no one can upstage us. With our entertainment expertise and experience in business shows, we can add the magic of Hollywood to create an event that's sure to make a lasting impression.

the top fund-raising venue in la to top

Gibson Amphitheater at Universal CityWalk is not only LA's most visually stunning and state-of-the-art venue, it's also a fundraiser's best friend. Here, you'll discover it is possible to host a successful and profitable fundraiser—without the typical logistics nightmares. To begin with, you'll have access to over 6,000 seats, ample close-in parking and a controlled, safe environment. You'll also find at your disposal the talents of an all-star team of entertainment and technical specialists who'll help you plan from concept to completion—the same experts who've made Universal Studios’ blockbuster movies and TV shows and produced concerts for the industry's top performing artists.

With just one phone call, our staff of professionals can begin arranging everything—ticketing, advertising, production sets, special equipment, rentals, entertainment, catering, and all the support necessary to keep things running smoothly.

For private benefits, we can book top performers who'll fill the house. If your group is smaller, you can reserve a block of seats and take advantage of the guaranteed-to-draw-a-crowd stars of our regular concert season—to draw a crowd of your own. Of course, we offer special lease rates to all non-profit organizations.

Before or after the show, we'll throw a spectacular private party for 100 to 5,000, and create an evening that's sure to meet your goals. Whatever your needs, we'll arrange everything—food, flowers, decorations, and entertainment. We'll throw a party that'll be the talk of the town.

Just ask Comic Relief, APLA Commitment To Life, DARE, L.I.F.E., USO's Welcome Home America, Passport LA Fashion Show, The Roy Orbison Tribute, City of Hope, March of Dimes, Pediatric AIDS Foundation, World Vision, or United Way. They're just a few of the many organizations that have found that Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk gives their events visibility and prestige unattainable anywhere else. They'll tell you the Amphitheatre provides everything you need to get rave reviews and make your fundraiser a successful and profitable event. We’ll provide the star treatment...while you take the bows.

the ultimate location for tv/film production to top

It's no surprise that the same things that make Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk LA's most spectacular concert venue also make it the most sought-after spot for dazzling awards shows and TV specials. And, throughout our year-round concert season, the Amphitheatre is available for you to stage your own extravaganza.

Nowhere else can you guarantee the prestige your production needs to attract the viewing audience... or be assured of not only a glamorous event but also a safe environment with ample, close-in parking for those in attendance. Of course, before or after the show our in-house catering staff can throw a party with all the trimmings—for an honored few, or a few thousand.

After all, Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk was designed both for maximum audience comfort and to meet the demanding requirements of today's top entertainers. Everything about it is state-of-the-art, from the physical layout to customized sound, lighting and broadcast systems to the acoustics and "feel" of the room.

Although the auditorium seats over 6,000, all sight lines are excellent and no seat is further than 150 feet from the stage. This makes for intimacy on a grand scale. Meanwhile, there's easy access, effortless load-in and secure backstage areas for equipment, production personnel and crew catering. Best of all, when you choose the Amphitheatre for your production, our technical experts will work with you from start to finish to meet your every need and assure a smooth production. Just ask the producers of the DNC, NAACP Image Awards, NHRA Awards, ESPN Action Sports & Music Awards, Comic Relief, VH1 Honors, Billboard Music Awards, the Movie Awards, All Pro-Sports Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, The Roy Orbison Tribute, the David Letterman 8th Anniversary Special, the Academy of Country Music Awards, USO Welcome Home America, and so many others. They've all given us rave reviews.

So don't be surprised to find the Amphitheatre a dream location for every kind of production: versatile, hassle-free and backed by the unparalleled support and expertise of the Amphitheatre's professional staff.

the perfect site for uplifting religious events to top

Although the Amphitheatre is best known for its glittering superstar concerts, it can also be the perfect setting for religious assemblies of all faiths: from special worship services to general sessions...fundraising events to rousing revivals...spiritual rallies to reunions...High Holiday celebrations to gospel meetings. The same features that make the Amphitheatre Southern California's premier entertainment venue make it the ideal place to gather your congregation.

No matter what kind of event you have in mind, our experienced professional planners can handle everything: ticketing, advertising, event programs, decorations, floral arrangements, rentals, and all the support necessary to create a smooth, memorable event. Our catering staff can serve up a tasty spread for a few guests or a few thousand. From a sit-down breakfast to box lunches to lavish buffets, we'll cater your event in superb style.

With our vast entertainment background, we can also arrange for your choice of music to evoke the mood your event needs: anything from choir to gospel, from spiritual to popular. Our talent team can assist with securing artists for your event, and our technical experts are the best in the business.

After years of worldwide recognition for presenting quality entertainment, Gibson Amphitheatre can offer your group an importance and visibility unobtainable anywhere else. The inherent prestige of the Amphitheatre guarantees you a successful, glorious religious event.

Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk: everything in one place to top

If, as they say, "location is everything," it's no wonder Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk is the first choice of event planners. Long known as the favorite venue of the world's top concert performers, the Amphitheatre has also been the site of some of the most prestigious special events over the years.

Nestled atop the hill on the lot of Universal Studios Hollywood, the Amphitheatre is equally convenient to both Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. With its own on- and off-ramps to the Hollywood Freeway, the Amphitheatre is easily accessible to all of Southern California—and is just minutes from downtown, Century City, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and the Burbank Airport.

As an integral part of the Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios entertainment megaplex, the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk gives you easy access to everything imaginable to make your special event special.

The behind-the-scenes magic of the world's biggest and busiest TV and motion picture studio—Universal Studios Hollywood—is just a few steps away. So are the 18-screen Cineplex-Odeon Universal City Cinemas and The IMAX Theatre. Many popular restaurants satisfy every taste, from casual to trendy to elegant. And there's nothing quite like a stroll through Universal CityWalk, a dazzling promenade of unique shops, restaurants, and clubs, complete with live entertainment, impromptu shows by a variety of street performers and much, much more.

Literally everything you could need is right on the lot, including two world-class luxury hotels. The "Official Hotel of Universal Studios Hollywood," the Sheraton Universal, presents breathtaking views of the Hollywood Hills. And the Universal City Hilton and Towers offers up 24 magnificent stories of mirrored glass and lush garden pavilions. Both properties, of course, feature all the amenities you could wish for, including dedicated liaison staff to work closely with Amphitheatre event planners.

Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk: nowhere else can you find a location with such an array of attractions, entertainment experience and technical know-how. Whether you're producing TV specials or awards shows, hosting charity fund raisers, planning corporate meetings and conventions, or gathering a group for a religious celebration, a competitive event or an exhibition, we have a team of experts who can pull it all off, from start to standing ovation.

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