Universal Studios in Hollywood will raze the 41-year-old Gibson Amphitheatre to make way for its coming Harry Potter attraction, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Like the Wizarding World in Orlando, the Hollywood Harry Potter will be a theme park based on J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" books and the films made from them.
In Potter's world, kids can expect to ride through Hogwarts castle, listen to a frog choir, drink nonalcoholic butterbeer and browse for gear at Ollivanders Wand Shop. At least, those are adventures offered by Florida's Wizarding World, which opened in June 2010. The park there is still being expanded, with a new Gringotts Ride and Diagon Alley in the works.
The Gibson Amphitheatre, which seats more than 6,100, has hosted events including the
The luminaries who have appeared on its stage include musicians, politicians and even a pope (
While the amphitheater's fate has been expected since the 2011 announcement that Harry Potter was coming to Universal Studios Hollywood, the date for its closure was not known. Shows scheduled there this fall will have to be moved to other venues. The plan for its demise was solidified after proposals for the expansion were approved by the L.A. City Council and the county Board of Supervisors.
The date for the opening of Universal Hollywood's Wizarding World of Harry Potter has not yet been announced.