Symphonic Sharks and Stormtroopers: Hollywood Bowl’s Movie Nights Pull Curtain Back on Film Scores

In the perennial cataloguing of the best single-screen movie theaters in Los Angeles — the Chinese, the Dome, the Egyptian, et al. — a nearly century-old venue has been showing up as a new kid on the block. That would be the Hollywood Bowl, which only this decade began screening entire films with full-length orchestra accompaniment. This summer, the schedule is so packed that classic film buffs might not even mind that the New Beverly is closed, when they’ve got the Bowl as the city’s most value-added revival house.

This Friday and Saturday, there’ll be chowing down not just among the perennially snack-happy Bowl audiences but on stage, or above it, as “Jaws” screens for two nights accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performing John Williams’ game-changing score. Then, in August, the first two “Star Wars” movies have their live-score Bowl premieres with the L.A. Phil, also as part of a tribute to the 40th anniversary of Williams’ association with the venue. David Newman, of that movie-music Newman family, conducts Williams’ scores for both engagements, and then shares the baton with moviedom’s favorite maestro himself (pictured above, with a light saber-wielding audience) at a clips-filled Labor Day weekend tribute.

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