Merrill To GM Wiltern

Rick Merrill, longtime GM of  in Los Angeles, will soon be GM at the 2,300-capacity .
At Universal CityWalk, Universal City, Calif.

Merrill is expected to begin his new post after the Gibson closes in early September.

The 6,021-capacity shed opened in 1972 as Universal Amphitheatre and was renamed in 2005 when Gibson Guitar Corporation bought naming rights.

Its indoor venue is being shuttered to make way for a Harry Potter ride for the Universal Studios theme park.