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More Vintage Hollywood Bowl photos

More Vintage Hollywood Bowl Photos

Hollywood Bowl's Beginning

The organizers of the Hollywood Bowl met at the Hollywood Hotel on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, to discuss how to put their plans into effect. One of those founders was Charles E. Toberman who, among other things, acquired the property for the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to being one of the Bowl’s founders, he served on the Bowl’s Board of Directors and was President for several years. The Hollywood Bowl held its first afternoon concert in 1921 on the side of the natural amphitheater formerly known as Daisy Dell. The first Easter sunrise service was held on March 1921. At first the Hollywood Bowl was very close to its natural state with only makeshift wooden benches for the audience, and eventually a simple awning over the stage. The bowl was met with great enthusiasm and appreciation. For the next three years the Hollywood Bowl increased in popularity, which required more and more seating. There are many vintage Hollywood Bowl photos on the hollywoodphotographs.come website. 

1922 Hollywood Bowl Photo

Hollywood Bowl Expanded

In 1926, the amphitheater was re-graded to provide for permanent seating and a shell to cover the orchestra or entertainers. When the construction was completed, the Hollywood bowl boasted of seating capacity of over 26,000 people. Over the course of the next three years, the Hollywood bowl was adorned with four shells, used to cover the orchestra. Two of the shells were designed by Lloyd Wright, son of the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. One of the shells was fabricated using some of the material used in the movie set for the film, The Thief of Bagdad, starring Douglas Fairbanks.

Hollywood Bowl Boxes Added

As the popularity of the Hollywood Bowl grew, so did the demand for good seating.  Sometime in the 1930’s, several front row of seats were removed to make way for seating boxes. Some boxes accommodated four people and some allowed six people be seated.  It wasn’t long before box holders began bringing picnic baskets so they, and their guest, could have a picnic before the concerts began.

Unquestionably, the most popular event, held at the Hollywood Bowl, was the Easter Sunrise Service. The first one was held in 1921 and the tradition is still held today.  For many years, Artie Mason Carter, who was one of the Bowl’s founders, planned and managed the Easter Sunrise Services. Typically, the front of the stage was covered with hundreds of lilies and the large choir was placed under the shell.

Historic photo of Hollywood Bowl

Over the course of the next 90 years, the Hollywood bowl has played host to some of the world's most famous entertainers and orchestras. Frank Sinatra, Barbara Steisand, Nat King Cole, The Beatles and Ella Fitzgerald were but a few who entertained at the famous Hollywood Bowl. In addition to the entertainers, the Hollywood Bowl played host to some of the finest orchestras in the world.


Hollywood Bowl Photographs

The largest collection of vintage Hollywood Bowl photos is on the website. The website has over 9,000 vintage photographs of Hollywood, covering more than 90 subject categories. All the photos are available for

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