Vancouver Icons: Malkin Bowl


Monday, July 8th, 2013 — 9:04am PST
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On this day in 1934, Malkin Bowl hosted its first performance of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra making it my choice for today’s Vancouver Icons photo feature:


1940s – Photographer: Jack Lindsay, Item #: CVA 1184-1963.

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]


1942: TUTS performers behind Malkin Bowl. Archives# CVA 1184-410.


1942: Crowd watching Theatre Under the Stars. Archives #CVA 1184-409 & 1944: Theatre Under the Stars Rehearsal. Archives #CVA 586-2927.


1936: Memorial service for King George V at Malkin Bowl. Archives #CVA 371-45. Leicaphoto by W.B. Shelly.


1942: Crowd gathered at a military service at Malkin Bowl. Archives #CVA 1184-1044 & 1951: Dal Richards conducting Sunday concert at Malkin Bowl. VPL# 81632. Photographer: Art Jones.

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]


1949: Fire at Malkin Bowl. VPL# 84886 & 84886A. Photographer: Art Jones.

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.

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1982: Vancouver Sun

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.

DSC08241 The Raconteurs at Malkin Bowl July 26, 2006
Photo credit: velkr0 & jane1000 on Flickr

Phantogram | Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park
Photo credit: RickChung.com on Flickr

Previous Vancouver Icons posts: Search, Vancouver Rowing Club, Echoes, Point Atkinson Lighthouse, English Bay Inukshuk, Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

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