The Hollywood Bowl – another reason I love L.A.

A natural amphitheater –

1923 – progress –

1925 –


1927 –

Rebuilt, again –

1928 –

Twilight at the bowl in the 1930s – note the more pronounced arch –

Distinctive – always –


  1. How did I miss this post? Hewll Howser did a report on the fountain at the Bowl that I found fascinating. He claimed it was designed by the man “who sculpted the Oscar statuette.” George Stanley.

    “Emilio Fernandez a Mexican actor in Hollywood befriended actress Dolores del Rio, then wife of studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s art director and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences member Cedric Gibbons. Del Rio introduced Fernandez to Gibbons, who was in charge of supervising the statuette’s design.

    Gibbons asked Fernandez to pose in the buff for a sketch to create the basis for the 8.5-pound trophy. Reluctantly, Fernandez did, and the design became the foundation for artist George Stanley’s famous sculpture of the statuette, given out at the very first Academy Awards in L.A. in 1929.”

    Above excerpt from story “True Story: Oscar Statue Modeled After Mexican Man” by Jorge Rivas, Sunday, February 26 2012 Color Lines News For Action.

  2. For some reason not all posts are showing in my Reader. Strange. Most likely Operator Error. Never been to the Hollywood Bowl but seeing it in so many movies it’s a place like so much of Hollywood/Southern California that just seems magical. Would love to see a concert there some day.

    • When I was a kid the seats all the way up the hill cost two dollars and you could see the stage with tiny little people on it and hear perfectly, but it was more about the crowd and the camaraderie – and the inevitability of someone dropping a wine bottle and hearing it clank and roll down all those steps until someone grabbed it.

      • I think the Bowl was discovered by a father and son in around 1919 who were looking for an outdoor venue with great acoustics for their theater troupe — well done!

  3. Fascinating development-in-pictures. Nice work, Madame L! The images of the illuminated bowl are particularly spectacular and evocative. Thanks for the repost, I hadn’t seen this. Happy 5th of July! (winks annoyingly)

  4. Dearest V
    As Mr Lanier has already pointed out this is the very height of art deco exquisiteness.
    Yours ever
    The Pefumed Dandy
    PS I think the most moderne one of te three is my favourite….

  5. I never noticed before HOW MUCH SEATING there is at the Hollywood Bowl! I just did an online search and see it can seat over 17,000! It truly is a stunning facility, as all the previous commenters have said.

Leave a Reply