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Beloved Greek Theatre in tug-of-war over who will run it




Los Angeles' Greek Theatre named best small outdoor venue in the country.
Los Angeles' Greek Theatre named best small outdoor venue in the country.
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Riled up community members opposed to a change in operations at the Greek Theatre packed a meeting Wednesday at the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. Major concert promoter Live Nation wants to take over the Greek from Nederlander Corp., which has had the concessions contract since 1975. Losing the Greek would cripple Nederlander, so it teamed up with AEG to compete against the Live Nation bid. The city panel will revisit the matter October 8.

If Nederlander loses the contract, will L.A. be down to just two major promoters — Live Nation and AEG? Why is the city leaning toward Live Nation? Why are community members in Los Feliz opposed? What is the reaction in the live entertainment industry?

Guest:

Dave Brooks, Founder of Amplify - a new-media company in the events business