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Hollywood Bowl Photos

Hollywood Bowl Photos

The Hollywood Bowl is arguably one of the most famous and popular amphitheaters in the world. One of the largest collections of Hollywood bowl photos is on the famous hollywoodphotographs.com website.  Started in 1969, this popular photographic collection has more than 12,000 vintage Hollywood photos, all of which are available for purchase. Within the collection are over 225 historical photographs of the Hollywood Bowl.

Rare photo of the Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl History

The history of the Hollywood bowl began in 1919 when the theater arts alliance was formed as an outgrowth of the brotherhood players.  Mrs. Christine Witherill arrived in Hollywood in 1918 and began seeking a place where live performances could be performed outdoors. Mrs. Stevenson got in touch with H. Ellis Reed who located the patent property known as Daisy Dell. The property was owned by Miss Myra Hershey, a wealthy woman who came from the Midwest and purchased various properties in Hollywood, including a Hollywood Hotel.

At the request of the alliance, Charles E. Toberman, secured a 90 day option to purchase the Hershey property for $20,000. On September 17, 1919 the escrow was closed with title passing to Mrs. Stevenson.

Old photo of early concert at Hollywood  Bowl

It wasn't long before some grading took place to install wooden benches on which the audience would sit and a wooden platform, for the orchestra. The first Easter sunrise service that was held at the Hollywood bowl took place in 1921. Ever since then the Hollywood bowl has hosted Easter sunrise services each year.

The hollywoodphotographs.com website has hundreds of unique photographs of the Hollywood bowl. One of the earliest photographs is one of an early concert in 1921. There are also many photos of the Easter sunrise services at the Hollywood bowl. Due to the Hollywood Bowl’s popularity, the amphitheater was expanded in 1926 to accommodate an audience of 17,000 people.

Some of the photos on the hollywoodphotographs.com website include images of early concerts, early stages, all five shells and many orchestras.

Vintage photo of Hollywood Bowl's first shell

Hollywood Bowl Shells

In the beginning, the orchestra platform did not have a cover or canopy. The orchestra simply played with the overhead sun. The first real shell, erected in 1922, was nothing more than a large canopy, which covered the wood plank stage. It remained until 1926 when the bowl was remodeled and a new shell erected. This shell was spent at the top, thick and besides, and was adorned with oil paintings of ships on its face. The following year, the bowl commission Lloyd Wright Junior to design a new shell, which was later constructed in 10 days using lumber and plasterboard from the movie set of Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks. It was of geometric design, resembling a pyramid, with the center carved out to cover the orchestra. It was used for the 1927 season but because it was unattractive, he was asked to design another shell to be ready for the 1928 season. Wright designing a new shell that was made of concentric one half rings and costs $7389 to construct. It was used for the entire 1928 season, however, there was much concern over the safety of this shell due to improper construction and weathering. Later it was decided that a new shell needed to be built. On February 12, 1929 it was decided that the shell should be demolished and plans drawn for a new shell. That year a new, all steel shell was built and completed by the opening of the 1929 season. The hollywoodphotographs.com website has photographs of every shell that has adorned the Hollywood bowl.

Early photo of Hollywood Bowl at night

Evening Concerts

For the past 50 years, the Hollywood Bowl has presented, " Symphony Under the Stars" which takes place during the summer months. Many people, particularly those who have box seats, have picnics before the concert begins.

In addition to concerts, the Hollywood bowl has hosted many place and even graduation ceremonies were some of the local schools.

To view the largest collection of Hollywood Bowl photos, simply, go to the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

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