German director Max Reinhardt oversees a spectacular production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, seen by more than 100,000 during eight performances. The Hollywood Bowl's shell is moved, and tons of earth are hauled in to construct a hill for the forest setting. The cast includes John Lodge, William Farnum, Sterling Holloway, Mickey Rooney and budding Hollywood starlet Olivia de Havilland. Erich Wolfgang Korngold, a young Austrian composer, oversees the musical aspects of the extravaganza. He is later recognized as a pioneer in film music for his scores in Oscar winning films Adverse (1936) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).
The Hollywood Bowl plays a role in the classic David O. Selznick film A Star is Born. Through the ensuing years, the Bowl is featured in numerous motion pictures and television programs, from Anchors Aweigh (1945) to Beaches (1998), from The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971) to Melrose Place (1992-1999).
Wagner's Die Walküre, starring Maria Jeritza as Brünnhilde, is considered the most lavish opera production staged at the Hollywood Bowl. It features dazzling lighting effects, fire, and smoke for the famous opening of Act III, "Ride of the Valkyries," with costumed Valkyries riding horses down the hillside behind the Bowl.