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Hollywood Bowl
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The Hollywood Bowl (2301 North Highland Avenue) is the largest natural amphitheatre in the United States. The Theatre Arts Alliance purchased 59 acres in Bolton Canyon in 1919 and started holding event in Daisy Dell. In 1924 the land was deeded to the County of Los Angeles. In 1926 Myron Hunt designed the seating area of the Bowl, which remains today, and an arched proscenium by Allied Architects was up for the season. Lloyd Wright designed a wooden pyramid shell in 1927, and a series of concentric half ellipsis that were not weather proof in 1928. The next year Engineers Elliott, Bowen and Walz built the iconic concentric semicircle shell. George Stanley designed the 1940 fountain featuring a granite statue of the Muse of Music. Architect Frank Gehry installed cardboard tubes to improve the acoustics in 1970, replacing them ten years later with hollow fiberglass spheres. In 1983 the Hollywood Bowl was determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2003 Hodgetts + Fung Design Associates and Gruen Associates built a new shell and the 1929 shell was demolished.
View from the top of the seating area looking down towards the stage, of the Hollywood Bowl. The "Bowl" officially opened on July 11, 1922 on the site of a natural amphitheater formerly known as the Daisy Dell. It has undergone several upgrades to improve seating as well as acoustics. Today, this magnificent open-aired amphitheater has a seating capacity of 17,376 and is the home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, as well as the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Photo dated: July 29, 1935.
1 photographic print :b&w
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE Box 1738; HE-002-303 4x5
Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Amphitheaters--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Mountains--California, Southern
Hollywood Hills (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Santa Monica Mountains (Calif.)
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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