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Hollywood Bowl

Vintage and Rare Hollywood Bowl Photos

Hollywood Bowl photo

The first event held, at what would later be the Hollywood Bowl, was the 1921 Easter Sunrise Service.

Participants walked up the canyon and held the serevice. This 1922 photo shows an early afternoon play with the audience sitting on wooden benches. From the website. All photos are available for purchase.

Will Hayes at the Hollywood Bowl

Film/movie decency advocate, Will Hayes, was an invited guest to speak at the Hollywood Bowl in 1922. The large audience sat on wooden benches while Will Hayes spoke from a very crude stage. From the website.

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Vintage Hollywood Bowl photos

Vintage Hollywood Bowl Photos and History

By 1951, the Hollywood Bowl was experiencing tremendous financial difficulties. Whatever the reason, the brutal fact remain that attendance of the first week of the 1951 season averaged only 4795 customer per performance – an audience so small that it literally rattled around the enormous Hollywood Bowl. It should be noted that the capacity of the bowl was over 17,000 attendees.

Hollywood Bowl Photo

It was apparent that if something wasn't done quickly the bolt would be forced to close. The Board of Directors of the famous amphitheater porn appointed an executive and reorganization committee headed by Dorothy Buffum Chandler, wife of Norman Chandler,...

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 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. ...

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...

Vintage Photos of the Hollywood Bowl & Pilgrimage Play Theater

Vintage Hollywood Photos

Old and vintage photos of Hollywood are on the website.  Two vintage jewels in Hollywood’s cultural treasure trove are the Hollywood Bowl and the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. The world famous Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the U.S. according to Carol Merrill-Mirsky, who is the Director/Curator of The Hollywood Bowl Museum.   The Bowl is built into the hillside, and is virtually identical to the ancient amphitheater of Greece and Rome.


Hollywood Bowl Photos

In 1916 a community theatre production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar took place in nearby Beachwood Canyon.  It was 1918 when the first organizational meeting...

Hollywood Bowl Photos and History

Hollywood Bowl Photos and History

The Hollywood Bowl is world renowned as the finest outdoor amphitheater.  The Bowl got is start in 1920 when the residents of Hollywood walked up to Daisy Dell in Bolton Canyon to take part in a the Hollywood May Festival.  In 1921, the First Easter Sunrise service was held in Daisy Dell. At about the same time, several residents tested the acoustics of the canyon and found it to a true natural amphitheater. 

Shortly thereafter, a group of residents went into the canyon and scraped away a large swath of chapparal and placed wooden benches on the hillside.  They built a wooden platform stage in front of the benches so that groups of performers could entertain the audience.  Artie Mason Carter, Christine Stevenson and Charles E. Toberman...

Early Hollywood Bowl Pictures

Early Hollywood Bowl Pictures

Mrs. Christine Witherill Stevenson, heiress to the Pittsburg Paint fortune, arrived in Hollywood in 1918 with the idea of bringing culture to the community by presenting plays.  In 1919, she established the Theater Arts Alliance with several leading  citizens and set out to find a Hollywood location suitable for the presentations of outdoor theatrical performances.  The site chosen was the property that now contains the Hollywood Bowl;  With the aid of C.E. Toberman, Mrs. Stevenson and  fellow alliance member Mrs. Chauncey Clark, purchased  the poperty, valued at $49,000, in September 1919.

A group of civic-minded women and men who were active in the area's artistic and business communities combined their efforts to establish the Hollywood Bowl and its...

Early Hollywood Bowl History

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Early Hollywood Bowl History

Mrs. Christine Witherill Stevenson, heiress to the Pittsburg Paint fortune, arrived in Hollywood in 1918 with the idea of bringing culture to the community by presenting plays.  On May 25, 1919, she established the Theater Arts Alliance with several leading  citizens and set out to find a Hollywood location suitable for the presentations of outdoor theatrical performances.

They asked H. Ellis Reed and his father to search the Hollywood Hills to find a suitable location. "Finally, on a Sunday morning early in 1919, from a hill east of Cahuenga Pass, we spotted what we were looking for. We crossed the street (Highland Avenue) to a valley...

Tips For Finding Hollywood Bowl Pictures

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If you want to add some personality and style to your home, and you love music and Americana, you may want to consider some Hollywood Bowl pictures for yourself.  This venue has been host to some of the best musical acts in the country and the building itself is something of a national landmark.  

Chances are you cannot simply walk into your nearest home furnishing store or art store and find some Hollywood Bowl pictures, as they may not be the best sellers for these retailers.  Keep in mind that for physical stores, shelf space is limited and they often only set out their hottest items.  Finding Hollywood Bowl pictures will mean shopping elsewhere and taking the time to really look around so you can find just what you need and can save money on...

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 ...

Hollywood Bowl Pictures

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The Bowl officially opened on July 11, 1922 on the site of a natural amphitheater formerly known as the Daisy Dell.
At first, the Bowl was very close to its natural state, with only makeshift wooden benches for the audience, and eventually a simple awning over the stage. In 1926, a group known as the Allied Architects was contracted to regrade the Bowl, providing...