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Historic Hollywood Bowl Pictures

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Are you looking for Hollywood Bowl pictures? You can now build your collection of Hollywood Bowl pictures when you browse the images available through There is plenty to choose from including photos of the Bowl's construction, the early shells and Hollywood Bowl concerts. Hollywood Bowl Pictures date from 1921 when Hollywoodians hiked into Daisy Dell to hear the first afternoon concert.  The stage consisted of wooden planks laid on the dirt and the audience sat on wood benches that were placed on the hillside.  The first Easter Sunrise Service was held in March 1921 and since then, they've been held every year since.  

During the course of the Bowl's ninety year history, there have been four shell, that cover the performing orchestra.  In 1922, the wooden platform stage was covered with a fabric canopy.  When the Hollywood Bowl underwent the expansion in 1926, that we see today, the first shell was erected. It was thick at the sides, thin at the top and had oil paintings of ships on its face.  The following year, Lloyd Wright Jr. was commissioned to design a new shell which was constructed, in ten days, using lumber and plasterboard from the movie set of 'Robin Hood', starring Douglas Fairbanks.  It was used for the 1927 season but because it was unattractive, Wright was asked to design another shell to be ready for the 1928 season. He designed a new shell made of concentric half rings, at a cost of $7,389.  It lasted for the 1928 season but there were concerns that it was unsafe.  After much discussion, it was agreed that a new shell, made of metal, be constructed for the 1929 season. Ever since the 1929, the new shell has been used. In the late 1980s, cylindrical tubes were installed at the top from of the shell were installed to enhance the acoustics of the shell. 

When the Hollywood Bowl was expanded, in 1926, the seating capacity increase to just over 17,000. It's been ninety years since the Bowl was founded and there have been thousands of nightly concerts. During the late 1950s and early '60s, Nat King Cole was one of the most popular entertainers to perform at eh Hollywood Bowl.  Other great performers included The Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and  The Beach Boys. 

The largest collection of Hollywood Bowl pictures is on the web site.  With scores of great photo of the Hollywood Bowl, all are available for purchase.

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