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    Hollywood Bowling

    by ArchitectureWeek

    The Hollywood Bowl amphitheater became a site for world-class performances over 80 years ago. It was the backdrop for romantic memories and a reflection of the growth of the Los Angeles metropolis. And while the sentimental attachment of Angelinos to this hillside entertainment venue in Bolton Canyon has remained strong, the theater itself has actually changed character many times in the intervening decades.

    In its latest re-creation, by architects Hodgetts + Fung Design Associates, much of the romantic image is retained, while the facility home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and second home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic has received a 21st-century technical makeover to improve its acoustics and functionality.

    The first Hollywood Bowl was erected in 1922: a simple wooden platform with a canvas shell. An arched wood proscenium was added in 1926. But it wasn't until 1928 that the familiar semicircular form was introduced. Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright designed an unornamented shell. But it was left unprotected through the winter, suffered rapid deterioration, and was soon demolished.   >>>

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    The new Hollywood Bowl amphitheater by Hodgetts + Fung Design Associates.
    Photo: Lara Swimmer

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    The canopy supports lighting and movable acoustical louvers.
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