Gibson Amphitheatre To Close Its Doors

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Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City's storied venue, announced today that it will officially close in September as part of ambitious expansion plan set forth by Universal Studios. The Gibson's operator, Live Nation issued a statement today detailing the the plans to close the venue following a special grand finale concert honoring its history.

As announced back in December 2011, the 6,200-capacity amphitheatre will be demolished to make way for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park area. Damn you, Harry!

According to Live Nation,those who've purchased tickets for shows at the Gibson after September 2013 are asked to hold on to them since many of the shows may be moved to other venues. Those who've bought tickets to shows that can't be moved will be given a full refund.

Opened as the Universal Ampitheatre in 1972 and originally an outdoor venue on the Universal Studios Lot, it was remodeled and reopened as an indoor theatre in 1982. Naming rights were acquired by the Gibson Guitar Corporation in early 2005.

Music icons including Frank Sinatra, Bob Marley and Johnny Cash performed at the landmark amphitheatre, which is renowned for excellent acoustics and sightlines. As well as hosting contemporary artists like David Bowie, No Doubt (who completed a seven night run of shows late last year), Shakira and Kanye West, Gibson Amphitheatre also became home to special events like 106.7 KROQ FM's annual Almost Acoustic Christmas. World leaders and dignitaries including Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, and Pope John Paul II appeared at the Gibson.

Live Nation's statement says the venue will cease operations due to the end of the building's lease agreement. Check below for the full press statement from Live Nation...


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28 comments
jzur84
jzur84

Timbiriche, Miguel Bose,

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Saw Cypress Hill when they mattered and The Fugees together.

kbear09090
kbear09090

Donna Summer, Dave Mason, Eddie Money, The Kinks, 

kbear09090
kbear09090

Donna Summer, Dave Mason, Eddie Money, The Kinks, 

Mark Vieth
Mark Vieth

2002--The Smithereens, The Fixx, The Outfield, Berlin

Najmia Manjoo
Najmia Manjoo

Aww, sad! Almost Acoustic Christmases back in the late 90s.

Andrew Mendoza
Andrew Mendoza

teena marie with rick james he died shortly afterwards and stevie nicks

Vanessa Espitia
Vanessa Espitia

My first No Doubt show for their Return of Saturn tour. Seen the Strokes, the Shins, Almost acoustic....

Chris Criner
Chris Criner

wow..Miles Davis w/ RTF, Tull, and my fave show David Gilmour in 2006

-paulc-
-paulc-

At first, yeah good idea updating Universal studios.  Then I saw this...I have very fond memories of watching Oingo Boingo on Halloween as a kid.  Man, I wish they would save this

Mando Porras
Mando Porras

Saw the beastie boys there!! A mazing show!!!

Jay Lukes
Jay Lukes

Rage, back in the day & Matt&Kim/Silversun Pickups w/my daughter. both great.

Craig Hammons
Craig Hammons

David Bowie...Diamond Dogs tour.....open air show.

Gj Ubar
Gj Ubar

Brian Setzer Orchestra. Went each and every year Brian played there. :(

1000Steps
1000Steps

Rage, back in the day or Matt & Kim/Silversun Pickups that I went with my daughter,.

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