The Marion Malkin Memorial Bowl was a named in honor of Mayor W.H. Malkin‘s wife (who passed away in 1933), and was a gift to the city replacing a circular bandstand with a Hollywood Bowl style structure. [VancouverHistory]
The venue has been home to Theatre Under the Stars (“TUTS”) since 1940 (although there was a brief hiatus in the 1960’s) and it burnt down in 1982 but was quickly rebuilt. “The fire destroyed, among other things, the signatures of hundreds of performers and the names and dates of shows, all pencilled on the old wooden walls.” [Vancouver History]
According to a Vancouver Sun article, TUTS Vice President Cliff Cox said the fire was a mystery because it was in the winter, all the electrical was turned off, and the stage was damp from rain and snow seepage.
Today, Malkin Bowl is still home to TUTS and it a major venue for Live Nation’s new “Concerts in the Park” series, hosting The Sheepdogs and Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) and more this summer.
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