June 20th, 2014
By BOB POOL

Chrissy Whitman, left, operations manager for the Hollywood Bowl, and Allen Klevens, co-founder of Tooshlights, show a lighting system designed by Klevens that lets female Bowl patrons know when restroom stalls are occupied or vacant. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Chrissy Whitman, left, operations manager for the Hollywood Bowl, and Allen Klevens, co-founder of Tooshlights, show a lighting system designed by Klevens that lets female Bowl patrons know when restroom stalls are occupied or vacant. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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“Women love it. They used to have to push on the doors to see if anybody was inside or peek through a crack or look under the stall door for feet,” said Chrissy Whitman, the Bowl’s operations manager. “We used to have to station people near the entrance to tell women to go deep inside” the restroom to find an unoccupied toilet. Gail Samuel, the Philharmonic’s current chief operating officer, said the signal system will be installed in the Bowl’s five smaller women’s rooms. “By seeing the lights, you know to walk farther into the bathroom to find a stall,” Samuel said. “One of the challenges is to move people through during concert intermissions.”

An improved second-generation system will be used in future Bowl installations, said Klevens, who with Bermann founded a company called Tooshlights. Their firm’s slogan: “Know Where to Go.”

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