Gibson Amphitheatre To Close Its Doors
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...