Greek Theater

★★★★☆
  • Berkeley, CA 94720

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What a fantastic place to see an outdoor concert in the summer. Just saw Adele there last night - my first time at the Greek Theater. There really is not a bad seat in the house thanks to the amphitheater design. Acoustics were great. Gets chilly after sundown. The most important thing to know about this place is that the seats are concrete slabs with no back rest. I strongly suggest bringing a seat cushion, or better yet one of those crazy creek chairs with a back to make the event more comfortable.

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What a fantastic place to see an outdoor concert in the summer. Just saw Adele there last night - my first time at the Greek Theater. There really is not a bad seat in the house thanks to the amphitheater design. Acoustics were great. Gets chilly after sundown. The most important thing to know about this place is that the seats are concrete slabs with no back rest. I strongly suggest bringing a seat cushion, or better yet one of those crazy creek chairs with a back to make the event more comfortable.

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First off we won tickets to Willie Nelson & Family as well as VIP Hospitality Room Tickets from Nederlander....Super! That's about all that was "Super" about this win! We were treated dispicably by the Marketing Manger Brian Baptista who arranged for our accomodations/trip. It was hard to be excited because of the way Brian made us the lucky "winners" feel which was cheap and as though we should just be appreciative that we actually won. Mr. Baptista seemingly went out of his way to make sure we were not accomodated in anyway. First of all the place is completely disorganized, we received a letter that our tickets would be at "will-call" after hiking up a hill to will-call they told us that they didn't have our tickets and for us to check with the "Redroom" down the hill. We hike back down the hill and after having to ask two more employees where the "Redroom" was because the employees at the gates seemed "clueless" we finally found it. The Redroom was the "Hospitality Room"...great! Well after we got there ..."not great"! The hospitality room supposedly has complimentary drinks and snacks for select concert goers and is supposed to be "special". There was nothing special about this experience as Nederlander (Manager of Greek Theater) had only 1 bartender to serve hundreds of customers a feat that obviously did not happen. So our "special" hospitality win was listening to hundreds of angry people all swarming the bar knowing that they were never going to get their "complimentary drinks". People were rightfully angry. We didn't even attempt because we figured what was the point.

In all fairness we "won" airline tickets and hotel accomodations as well. Mr. Brian Baptista who organized our winniing trip made the airline reservations with me and my husband sitting on opposite ends of the plane on the trip down. This was not fun as flying in itself is not fun. I asked Delta Airlines if we could "pay extra" to sit together and was informed that the person making the reservations could have requested we sit together for FREE! Why Mr. Baptista would think I didn't want to sit with my guest is beyond any understanding!

Next we go to check into the beautiful Hilton at Universal Studio's. Very impressive...however upon checking in we were handed complimentary "breakfast buffet coupons" only for the hotel clerk to do some further checking on our reservations made by Mr. Brian Baptista and than took the certificates from us stating that the way the reservations were made we didn't get the certificates...totally making us feel cheap...Like Nederlander's Brian Baptista was going the cheapest route on everything and making sure we knew it was the cheapest.

We made the trip memorable ourselves but the whole purpose of winning a contest is for promotional purposes for the venue in this case the Greek Theater. You would think that Nederlander "Greek Theater" would want the contest winners to feel somewhat "special"...well not in this case. Brian Baptista treated our win as though it were coming out of his own pocket. In fact, when we returned from our trip, I sent him a friendly letter just giving him a heads up on how we were made to feel by his handling of our win and how unaccomodating he was. We also mentioned as a "heads up" that a lot of people were very angry who were invited to the "Hospitality Room". Mr. Baptista sent me a defensive email basically implying that I was "lying" about the Greek Theater accomodations and that in the 10 years he had worked there ...nobody had ever complained...YEA RIGHT! Basically the impression we left with was Nederlander is just CHEAP! The had only 1 bartender because they wanted to make sure they didn't have to give out too much "complimentary" (free) wine or beer. SAD!

Our experience with the Greek Theater was extremely negative, but we didn't have to pay for the experience. I can't imagine how angry we would have been had we had to actually fork out money to be made to feel so disrespected!

Willie Nelson was AWESOME!!! and luckily we met a couple in the Hospitality Room who told us the tickets we had were basically "crap" and gave us pit seats right near the stage! This couple made the venue seating great...not Nederlander!

The venue is "okay" it's not spectacular and I would not personally recommend it to anyone! Try another venue, one that hopefully cares about customer service. I mean if they don't treat their contest winners well...I'm left wondering how they treat the general customer. My guess is "very average"! Accomodating the customer, caring about the customer and customer appreciation does not seem to matter to Nederlander/Greek Theater. If you don't care about that...no problems. If you like to be treated respectfully and appreciated...this is not your venue

1
★☆☆☆☆

First off we won tickets to Willie Nelson & Family as well as VIP Hospitality Room Tickets from Nederlander....Super! That's about all that was "Super" about this win! We were treated dispicably by the Marketing Manger Brian Baptista who arranged for our accomodations/trip. It was hard to be excited because of the way Brian made us the lucky "winners" feel which was cheap and as though we should just be appreciative that we actually won. Mr. Baptista seemingly went out of his way to make sure we were not accomodated in anyway. First of all the place is completely disorganized, we received a letter that our tickets would be at "will-call" after hiking up a hill to will-call they told us that they didn't have our tickets and for us to check with the "Redroom" down the hill. We hike back down the hill and after having to ask two more employees where the "Redroom" was because the employees at the gates seemed "clueless" we finally found it. The Redroom was the "Hospitality Room"...great! Well after we got there ..."not great"! The hospitality room supposedly has complimentary drinks and snacks for select concert goers and is supposed to be "special". There was nothing special about this experience as Nederlander (Manager of Greek Theater) had only 1 bartender to serve hundreds of customers a feat that obviously did not happen. So our "special" hospitality win was listening to hundreds of angry people all swarming the bar knowing that they were never going to get their "complimentary drinks". People were rightfully angry. We didn't even attempt because we figured what was the point.

In all fairness we "won" airline tickets and hotel accomodations as well. Mr. Brian Baptista who organized our winniing trip made the airline reservations with me and my husband sitting on opposite ends of the plane on the trip down. This was not fun as flying in itself is not fun. I asked Delta Airlines if we could "pay extra" to sit together and was informed that the person making the reservations could have requested we sit together for FREE! Why Mr. Baptista would think I didn't want to sit with my guest is beyond any understanding!

Next we go to check into the beautiful Hilton at Universal Studio's. Very impressive...however upon checking in we were handed complimentary "breakfast buffet coupons" only for the hotel clerk to do some further checking on our reservations made by Mr. Brian Baptista and than took the certificates from us stating that the way the reservations were made we didn't get the certificates...totally making us feel cheap...Like Nederlander's Brian Baptista was going the cheapest route on everything and making sure we knew it was the cheapest.

We made the trip memorable ourselves but the whole purpose of winning a contest is for promotional purposes for the venue in this case the Greek Theater. You would think that Nederlander "Greek Theater" would want the contest winners to feel somewhat "special"...well not in this case. Brian Baptista treated our win as though it were coming out of his own pocket. In fact, when we returned from our trip, I sent him a friendly letter just giving him a heads up on how we were made to feel by his handling of our win and how unaccomodating he was. We also mentioned as a "heads up" that a lot of people were very angry who were invited to the "Hospitality Room". Mr. Baptista sent me a defensive email basically implying that I was "lying" about the Greek Theater accomodations and that in the 10 years he had worked there ...nobody had ever complained...YEA RIGHT! Basically the impression we left with was Nederlander is just CHEAP! The had only 1 bartender because they wanted to make sure they didn't have to give out too much "complimentary" (free) wine or beer. SAD!

Our experience with the Greek Theater was extremely negative, but we didn't have to pay for the experience. I can't imagine how angry we would have been had we had to actually fork out money to be made to feel so disrespected!

Willie Nelson was AWESOME!!! and luckily we met a couple in the Hospitality Room who told us the tickets we had were basically "crap" and gave us pit seats right near the stage! This couple made the venue seating great...not Nederlander!

The venue is "okay" it's not spectacular and I would not personally recommend it to anyone! Try another venue, one that hopefully cares about customer service. I mean if they don't treat their contest winners well...I'm left wondering how they treat the general customer. My guess is "very average"! Accomodating the customer, caring about the customer and customer appreciation does not seem to matter to Nederlander/Greek Theater. If you don't care about that...no problems. If you like to be treated respectfully and appreciated...this is not your venue

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I recently saw the manu chao concert here and the setting is amazing. the stage is set in front of - surprise - a greek structure resembling the parthenon, and the seats are arranged in a semi-circle that goes up several levels reaching a grass hill that can be the site of a nice picnic. From the top level you can catch a glimpse of the berkeley clock tower in the setting sun. closest to the stage is a flat area where you can feel the collective emotion of the crowd looking up at the performers. the accoustics are also amazing.

PROS: accoustics, emotion, setting
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I recently saw the manu chao concert here and the setting is amazing. the stage is set in front of - surprise - a greek structure resembling the parthenon, and the seats are arranged in a semi-circle that goes up several levels reaching a grass hill that can be the site of a nice picnic. From the top level you can catch a glimpse of the berkeley clock tower in the setting sun. closest to the stage is a flat area where you can feel the collective emotion of the crowd looking up at the performers. the accoustics are also amazing.

PROS: accoustics, emotion, setting
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The Greek Theatre offers a unique concert experience. It's an outdoor amphitheater with tiered, flat, concrete seating at the higher levels. Below, there's regular chair seating. Nothing beats an outdoor amphitheater concert during sunset, when the weather is fairly warm! They get big act like the Pixies and Harry Connick Jr. Prices are worth it!

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The Greek Theatre offers a unique concert experience. It's an outdoor amphitheater with tiered, flat, concrete seating at the higher levels. Below, there's regular chair seating. Nothing beats an outdoor amphitheater concert during sunset, when the weather is fairly warm! They get big act like the Pixies and Harry Connick Jr. Prices are worth it!

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The greek theater is your ticket into big budget performances at an affordable price (it's great to be a CAL student isn't it?).

Your money will go a long way here because you will enjoy the performances by world-class artists (the likes of John Mayer, Redman, etc.) in a nice outdoor atmosphere, frequented by people you already know.

The location is excellent, the prices are just right, and you will be happy watching the performance with all of your friends here.

PROS: INEXPENSIVE, great performances
CONS: chilly when the performance runs at night

5
★★★★★

The greek theater is your ticket into big budget performances at an affordable price (it's great to be a CAL student isn't it?).

Your money will go a long way here because you will enjoy the performances by world-class artists (the likes of John Mayer, Redman, etc.) in a nice outdoor atmosphere, frequented by people you already know.

The location is excellent, the prices are just right, and you will be happy watching the performance with all of your friends here.

PROS: INEXPENSIVE, great performances
CONS: chilly when the performance runs at night

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I like attending the Greek Theater for concerts because it has a unique feel to it. This amphitheatre is modeled after the open-air stone theaters in ancient Greece, and provides a unique setting for all types of live shows throughout the year, in dance, music, or theater. I find that the ticket prices for music concerts to be a bit expensive here however, usually upwards of $40 or even $50 for a show. But the crowds are usually energetic, and the acoustics are great.

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★★★★☆

I like attending the Greek Theater for concerts because it has a unique feel to it. This amphitheatre is modeled after the open-air stone theaters in ancient Greece, and provides a unique setting for all types of live shows throughout the year, in dance, music, or theater. I find that the ticket prices for music concerts to be a bit expensive here however, usually upwards of $40 or even $50 for a show. But the crowds are usually energetic, and the acoustics are great.

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