A brush fire that may have been set by a transient in the bone-dry hills above the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park has spared the amphitheatre but caused the evacuation of nearby luxury homes and park attractions including the observatory, Los Angeles Zoo and Gene Autry Museum.
The parking lot of the Nederlander-managed Greek Theatre served as a command center for the Los Angeles County Fire Department during the blaze that, at press time, had consumed more than 800 acres of the country’s largest urban park.
Nederlander Concerts CEO Adam Friedman confirmed to Pollstar that "so far we are OK." Three shows were scheduled at the Greek in the days following the fire’s eruption: Loreena McKennitt, Keane, and Modest Mouse.
The May 10th Loreena McKennitt concert was moved to the Gibson Amphitheatre, and a spokeswoman for the Greek Theatre said the status of the Keane and Modest Mouse shows would be "day-to-day" until conditions stabilize.
Even though other buildings in the area were evacuated in the fire’s wake, Greek Theatre staff remained onsite, providing support for firefighting crews including use of land telephone lines, water, food and other amenities.