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Gibson Amphitheatre / Universal Amphitheatre (1972 - September 2013)

An article published in April 2013 in Variety confirmed the rumours that the footprint of the Amphitheatre would be needed for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion of the theme park.
The venue closed on Labour Day in September 2013, and by November, all traces of the structure had gone.

Gibson Amphitheater (photo from LA Times)2013
Interior of the Amphitheatre in 2012

November 2013

November 1st 2013 - Demoltion completePhoto by Christian Beana
(seen from the Studio Tour bridge) Demolition of the Amphitheater is complete and groundworks begin to level the site in preparation for what's to come.

See Photo Gallery below for more exclusive photos.

October 2013

Instagram video from @JayFlats showing the demolition in progress


History of the Amphitheater:

FROM "Inside Universal Studios", 1979
"The stars come out at night. The Universal Amphitheatre
On almost any summer evening the 5,300 seats of the Universal Amphitheatre are filled. It's the showcase for the finest popular talent in the world. Opened in 1972 with "Jesus Christ Superstar", it has been Los Angeles most popular outdoor concert facility presenting such superstars as The Blues Brothers, Cher, John Denver, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Steve Martin, Liza Minelli, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Ross, Boz Scaggs, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer and Robin Williams."

The Amphitheatre opened in 1971 as an outdoor daytime arena for the tour Stunt Show. As the venue was idle after sundown, a young tour employee apparently suggested holding rock concerts in the arena after the stuntmen had gone home.

The first music performance was the Los Angeles premiere of "Jesus Christ Superstar" on June 28, 1972. The new Amphitheatre's musical events proved instantly attractive and soon the Universal Amphitheatre became the favorite showcase of the world's leading concert performers.
Expanded to 5,200 seats in 1973, the Amphitheatre was regularly filled to 98% capacity.

The Amphitheatre closed in 1980 for refurbishment (including the addition of a roof, and expansion to 6,251 seats) and reopened in the summer of 1982 for year-round indoor entertainment.

Until it closed in 2013, the Amphitheatre was known as "The Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Citywalk" after Universal, Gibson Guitar and House of Blues entered into a partnership in April 2005.

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Photo Gallery

John Denver in concert on the opening night (from Inside Universal Studios, 1973)   1973 brochure from The Amphitheatre   Concert in the still-outdoor Amphitheatre (from Inside Universal Studios, 1976)   Amphitheatre exterior (from Universal Studios Guide, 1988)   Entrance to the Amphitheatre from inside the theme park (next to Hollywood Grill) - September 2006   Screenshot of the final schedule  Entrance to the Amphitheater from the theme park now closed (29 September 2013 - photo by Christian Beana, with thanks)   Demolition well under way (20 October 2013, photo by Christian Beana, with thanks)   Demolition complete (1st November 2013, photo by Christian Beana, with thanks)
John Denver in concert on the opening night (from Inside Universal Studios, 1973)
1973 brochure from The Amphitheatre
Concert in the still-outdoor Amphitheatre (from Inside Universal Studios, 1976)
Amphitheatre exterior (from Universal Studios Guide, 1988)
Entrance to the Amphitheatre from inside the theme park (next to Hollywood Grill) - September 2006
Screenshot of the final schedule
Entrance to the Amphitheater from the theme park now closed (29 September 2013 - photo by Christian Beana, with thanks)
Demolition well under way (20 October 2013, photo by Christian Beana, with thanks)
Demolition complete (1st November 2013, photo by Christian Beana, with thanks)

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