Mrs. Stevenson resigns from the Theatre Arts Alliance due to a conflict of interest regarding the organization's purpose. Her $21,000 contribution is reimbursed after her departure.
The first entity to run and build the Bowl is the Community Park and Art Association founded October 25, 1920. F.W. Blanchard is the first president of the Association. Other founding members are C.E. Toberman, vice-president, and Artie Mason Carter, secretary. The Association purchases the land, known as Daisy Dell, where the Bowl now stands.
1921Hollywood High School’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and The Landing of the Pilgrims attract 10,000 people.
Alfred Hertz, also known as the "father of the Bowl," conducts the inaugural concert of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. The season is titled "Hollywood Bowl Summer Concerts." On the bill were Wagner's Overture to Reinzi, the Andante cantabile movement from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, a selection of Brahms' Hungarian Dances, Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Fritz Kreisler's Liebesleid and Liebesfreud, and Rossini's Overture to William Tell.
New York Times Music Critic Olin Downes describes his experience at the Hollywood Bowl by saying, "[The concerts] have a flavor different from any other concert known to me. The setting must be seen to be realized... it is no wonder that thousands upon thousands attend the four concerts given on as many evenings each week and that these people listen...under a spell not known to audiences of concert halls, and that they learn... to love and to worship music."
After several years of Hollywood Bowl concerts featuring popular, familiar favorites, renowned conductor Fritz Reiner brings what is considered "shockingly new music" by Stravinsky, Honegger, Falla and Rieti to the Bowl, to great acclaim and popularity. Sir Henry Wood leads the West Coast premiere of Holst's The Planets.
Allied Architects, an association founded in 1921 to provide governmental organizations with professional architects at a reasonable cost, creates the Bowl's first arched proscenium stage. The wooden frame consists of a low elliptical arch with a circular arch inside. The shell creates more acoustical problems than it solves, which leads to its renovation at the end of the season. The construction of a permanent seating area and stage facilities is completed.
Pasadena architect and Rose Bowl designer Myron Hunt creates an elliptical form for the Hollywood Bowl's seating amphitheater. His layout features monumental stairways that reinforce the seating area's dramatic balloon shape, which has been described as being "poised to fill with music and ascend."
The Hollywood Bowl Association gives Lloyd Wright instructions to design a semi-circular shell and tackle the dual issues of acoustics and aesthetics. The shell consists of nine concentric segmented arches, which can be "tuned" panel by panel. The shell is at the forefront of the Streamline Moderne movement and is an acoustic success.
Designed by the engineering firm of Elliot, Bowen, and Waltz and built by Allied Architects, the new 55-ton shell becomes an architectural icon. The massive shell is mounted on rails which allow it to be moved by tractors. Although the shell is ultimately replaced due to issues with acoustics and deterioration, the gracefully curved form becomes the signature shape of the Bowl shell.