Following the costly and ultimately unpopular five-night performance run of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, the season abruptly closes at the end of its first week. Dorothy Chandler forms an emergency committee that revises the artistic and community vision for the Bowl. The season resumes 12 days later, closing with a small profit and financial support for the modernization of the grounds to be used the following year.
Dorothy Buffum Chandler is honored with the premiere of "The Dorothy Chandler Theme for the Hollywood Bowl," a carillon fanfare by Elinor Remick Warren that calls concert-goers to their seats for many years. Mrs. Chandler had not only spearheaded the drive to reopen the Hollywood Bowl following its 1951 troubles but also served as president of the Bowl Association, overseeing the Bowl’s modernization and improvements. Among many other accomplishments, she is credited with the introduction of the Bowl’s beloved picnicking tradition.