4,400 seat capacity
2,700 Vermont Ave
Griffith Park, Los Angeles
City owned - leased and operated by Greek Theatre Assn. James Doolittle producer and operator.
1960 LAPL Digital Photo database
The Doolittle Years Pt. 2 (1963 - 1969)
At this time, the Greek Theatre Assn. leased and operated the city - owned Greek Theater. James Doolittle's 11th season of presenting musical productions, opera and ballet at the Greek.However, there was a growing political controversy over Doolittle's operation of the theater. There were questions about his reported income and expenses of shows. Doolittle felt he was being victimized by a few appointees to the Recreation and Parks Commission. Doolittle felt that in order to attract an audiance he needed to present a high level of excellence in the operation. By doing so productions at the Greek contributes to the cultural welfare of Los Angeles.
My Fair Lady JULY 3 - 10A Man For All Seasons JULY 22 - AUGUST 3Madame Butterfly AUGUST 6, 8, 10Hary Belafonte AUGUST 12 - SEPTEMER 7Kingston Trio, Henry Mancini SEPTEMBER 9 - 15
Puccini's opera Tosca JUNE 27, 29, JULY 1 & 3Jose Greco and Spanish Dancer JULY 6 - 11Nat King Cole Sights and Sounds JULY 13 - 18Johnny Mathis JULY 20 - 27Henry Mancini, New Christy Minstrels JULY 27 - AUGUST 1New York City Ballet Midsummer's Night Dream AUGUST 18 - 23New Christy Minstrels SEPTEBER 8 - 12Media SEPTEMBER 14 - 19Johnny Mathis SEPTEMBER 21 - 27
In 1964 the Huntington Hartford Theater in Hollywood was purchased by the Greek theatre Assn. for $1 million.
The L.A. Music Center opens.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying JUNE 24Henry Mancini, Young Americans JULY 12 - 18The New Christy Minstrels, Woody Allen JULY 19 - 25Kingston Trio, Roger Miller JULY 26 - AUGUST 1Maurice Chevalier AUGUST 2 - 7Harry Belefonte AUGUST 9 - SEPTEMBER 4 (four weeks)Maurice Chevalier AUGUST 2American Ballet Theater SEPTEMBER 6
Judy Garland SEPTEMBER 13 - 18 (with broken arm)
The Greek theatre Assn. was still in a row with the City Council and Park and Recreation Commission over the lease and rent of the facility. There was also a dispute over maintenance and improvements expences for the theater. Some at the City did not like the Doolittle attitude.The City finally granted to a three year lease contract with Doolittle's Greak Theatre Assn. for operation of the outdoor amphitheater.
The Royal Hunt of the Sun JUNE 30 - JULY 10Johnny Mathis JULY 11 - 17Herb Alpert and Tijuana Brass JULY 18 - 25Jose Greco Carmen JULY 25 - 30Carol Burnett, Jackie Vernon, Goodtime Singers AUGUST 8 - 14Victor Borge AUGUST 15 - 20Nancy Wilson AUGUST 22 - 27War and Peace AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 10The Harkness Ballet SEPTEMBER 12 - 17Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington SEPTEMBER 19 - 25
Sweet Charity w/ Juliet Prowse JULY 2 -9National Ballet of Mexico JUNE 24 - 29Henry Mancini and the Doodletown Pipers JULY 10 - 16Andy Williams, Erroll Garner JULY 17 - 23Donald O'Connor Show, The Association (1st time rock 'n' roll has ever appeared in an outdoor showplace) JULY 24 - 30Smothers Brothers, Vikki Carr, Pat Paulsen JULY 31 - AUGUST 6
Tony Bennet AUGUST 7 - 12Harry Belafonte, Miriam Makeba AUGUST 15 - SEPTEMBER 3Land of Smiles SEPTEMBER 4 - 11Righteous Brothers, Ramsy Lewis, The Blossoms SEPTEMBER 11 - 17Rodger Miller, Young Americans, Bobby Gentry SEPTEMBER 18 - 23
Brasiliana JULE 17Festival from India , Ravi Shankar JUNE 24 - JUNE 30Trini Lopez, Frank Gorshin JULY 8 - 13Jerry Lewis JULY 15 - 21Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London JULY 22 & 23On a Clear Day you Can See Forever w/ Tammy Grimes JULY 29 - AUGUST 11Jack Jones, Buddy Rich, George Kirby AUGUST 12 -18Jose Greco AUGUST 19 - 24Sonny and Cher AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1Lou Rawls, Flip Wilson, Shirley Bassey SEPTEMBER 2 - 8Sergio Mendes and Brasi '66, Jose Feliciano SEPTEMBER 9 - 15
Pete Seeger MAY 18Tom Jones JULY 7 - 135th Dimension JULY 14 - 20Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini JULY 21 - 27Harry Belafonte JULY 31 - AUGUST 23Crosby, Stills, Nash, Joni Mitchell AUGUST 25 - 31Jose Feliciano SEPTEMBER 1 - 7Don Ho SEPTEMBER 8 - 14Engelbert Humperdinck SEPTEMBER 22 - 28The Grand Kabuki OCTOBER 1 - 7----------------------------