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Hollywood /ˈhɒliwʊd/ HOL-ee-wuud, informally Tinseltown /ˈtɪnsəlˌtaʊn/ is a neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, California The neighborhood is notable for its place as the home of the US film industry, including several of its historic studios Its name has come to be a metonym for the motion picture industry of the United States Hollywood is also a highly ethnically diverse, densely populated, economically diverse neighborhood and retail business district

Hollywood was a small community in 1870 and was incorporated as a municipality in 1903 It officially merged with the city of Los Angeles in 1910, and soon thereafter a prominent film industry began to emerge, eventually becoming the most recognizable film industry in the world


  • 1 History
    • 11 Early history and development
    • 12 Incorporation and merger
    • 13 Motion picture industry
    • 14 Development
    • 15 Revitalization
    • 16 Secession movement
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Adjacent neighborhoods
  • 4 Demographics
  • 5 Radio and television
  • 6 Government
    • 61 Emergency service
    • 62 Post office
    • 63 Neighborhood councils
  • 7 Education
    • 71 Schools
    • 72 Public libraries
  • 8 Notable places
  • 9 Special events
  • 10 See also
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links


Early history and development

In 1853, one adobe hut stood in Nopalera Nopal field, named for the Mexican Nopal cactus indigenous to the area By 1870, an agricultural community flourished The area was known as the Cahuenga Valley, after the pass in the Santa Monica Mountains immediately to the north

According to the diary of H J Whitley, known as the "Father of Hollywood", on his honeymoon in 1886 he stood at the top of the hill looking out over the valley Along came a Chinese man in a wagon carrying wood The man got out of the wagon and bowed The Chinese man was asked what he was doing and replied, "I holly-wood", meaning 'hauling wood' H J Whitley had an epiphany and decided to name his new town Hollywood Holly would represent England and wood would represent his Scottish heritage Whitley had already started over 100 towns across the western United States

Whitley arranged to buy the 500-acre 200 ha EC Hurd ranch and disclosed to him his plans for the land They agreed on a price and Hurd agreed to sell at a later date Before Whitley got off the ground with Hollywood, plans for the new town had spread to General Harrison Gray Otis, Hurd's wife, eastern adjacent ranch co-owner Daeida Wilcox, and others

Glen-Holly Hotel, first hotel in Hollywood, at the corner of what is now Yucca Street It was built in the 1890s

Daeida Wilcox may have learned of the name Hollywood from Ivar Weid, her neighbor in Holly Canyon now Lake Hollywood and a prominent investor and friend of Whitley's She recommended the same name to her husband, Harvey H Wilcox In August 1887, Wilcox filed with the Los Angeles County Recorder's office a deed and parcel map of property he had sold named "Hollywood, California" Wilcox wanted to be the first to record it on a deed The early real-estate boom busted that same year, yet Hollywood began its slow growth

By 1900, the region had a post office, newspaper, hotel, and two markets Los Angeles, with a population of 102,479 lay 10 miles 16 km east through the vineyards, barley fields, and citrus groves A single-track streetcar line ran down the middle of Prospect Avenue from it, but service was infrequent and the trip took two hours The old citrus fruit-packing house was converted into a livery stable, improving transportation for the inhabitants of Hollywood

The intersection of Hollywood and Highland, 1907 Newspaper advertisement for Hollywood land sales, 1908

The Hollywood Hotel was opened in 1902 by H J Whitley, president of the Los Pacific Boulevard and Development Company Having finally acquired the Hurd ranch and subdivided it, Whitley built the hotel to attract land buyers Flanking the west side of Highland Avenue, the structure fronted on Prospect Avenue, which, still a dusty, unpaved road, was regularly graded and graveled The hotel was to become internationally known and was the center of the civic and social life and home of the stars for many years

Whitley's company developed and sold one of the early residential areas, the Ocean View Tract Whitley did much to promote the area He paid thousands of dollars for electric lighting, including bringing electricity and building a bank, as well as a road into the Cahuenga Pass The lighting ran for several blocks down Prospect Avenue Whitley's land was centered on Highland Avenue His 1918 development, Whitley Heights, was named for him

Incorporation and merger

Hollywood was incorporated as a municipality on November 14, 1903, by a vote of 88 for and 77 against On January 30, 1904, the voters in Hollywood decided, by a vote of 113 to 96, for the banishment of liquor in the city, except when it was being sold for medicinal purposes Neither hotels nor restaurants were allowed to serve wine or liquor before or after meals

In 1910, the city voted for merger with Los Angeles in order to secure an adequate water supply and to gain access to the LA sewer system With annexation, the name of Prospect Avenue changed to Hollywood Boulevard and all the street numbers were also changed

Motion picture industry

Main article: Cinema of the United States Nestor Studio, Hollywood's first movie studio, 1912

By 1912, major motion-picture companies had set up production near or in Los Angeles In the early 1900s, most motion picture patents were held by Thomas Edison's Motion Picture Patents Company in New Jersey, and filmmakers were often sued to stop their productions To escape this, filmmakers began moving out west, where Edison's patents could not be enforced Also, the weather was ideal and there was quick access to various settings Los Angeles became the capital of the film industry

Hollywood movie studios, 1922

Director D W Griffith was the first to make a motion picture in Hollywood His 17-minute short film In Old California 1910 was filmed for the Biograph Company Although Hollywood banned movie theaters—of which it had none—before annexation that year, Los Angeles had no such restriction The first film by a Hollywood studio, Nestor Motion Picture Company, was shot on October 26, 1911 The Whitley home was used as its set, and the unnamed movie was filmed in the middle of their groves at the corner of Whitley Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard

The first studio in Hollywood, the Nestor Company, was established by the New Jersey–based Centaur Company in a roadhouse at 6121 Sunset Boulevard the corner of Gower, in October 1911

Four major film companies – Paramount, Warner Bros, RKO, and Columbia – had studios in Hollywood, as did several minor companies and rental studios In the 1920s, Hollywood was the fifth largest industry in the nation

Hollywood became known as Tinseltown because of the glittering image of the movie industry Hollywood has since become a major center for film study in the United States


Hollywood Boulevard from the Dolby Theatre, before 2006 Capitol Records Tower, 1991

During the early 1950s the Hollywood Freeway was constructed through the northeast corner of Hollywood

The Capitol Records Building on Vine Street, just north of Hollywood Boulevard, was built in 1956, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame was created in 1958 as a tribute to artists and other significant contributors to the entertainment industry The official opening was on February 8, 1960

The Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985

In June 1999, the Hollywood extension of the Los Angeles County Metro Rail Red Line subway opened from Downtown Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley, with stops along Hollywood Boulevard at Western Avenue Hollywood/Western Metro station, Vine Street Hollywood/Vine Metro station, and Highland Avenue Hollywood/Highland Metro station

The Dolby Theatre, which opened in 2001 as the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center mall, is the home of the Oscars The mall is located where the historic Hollywood Hotel once stood


After years of serious decline in the 1980s, many Hollywood landmarks were threatened with demolition Columbia Square, at the northeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street, is part of the ongoing rebirth of Hollywood The Art Deco-style studio complex completed in 1938, which was once the legendary Hollywood headquarters for CBS, became home to a new generation of popular broadcasters when cable television networks MTV, Comedy Central, BET and Spike TV consolidated their offices here in 2014 as part of a $420-million office, residential and retail complex Since 2000, Hollywood has been increasingly gentrified due to revitalization by private enterprise and public planners

Secession movement

In 2002, some Hollywood voters began a campaign for the area to secede from Los Angeles and become a separate municipality In June of that year, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors placed secession referendums for both Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley on the ballot To pass, they required the approval of a majority of voters in the proposed new municipality as well as a majority of voters in all of Los Angeles In the November election, both referendums failed by wide margins in the citywide vote


According to the Mapping LA project of the Los Angeles Times, Hollywood is flanked by Hollywood Hills to the north, Los Feliz to the northeast, East Hollywood to the east, Larchmont and Hancock Park to the south, Fairfax to the southwest, West Hollywood to the west and Hollywood Hills West to the northwest

Street limits of the Hollywood neighborhood are: north, Hollywood Boulevard from La Brea Avenue to the east boundary of Wattles Garden Park and Franklin Avenue between Bonita and Western avenues; east, Western Avenue; south, Melrose Avenue, and west, La Brea Avenue or the West Hollywood city line

In 1918, H J Whitley commissioned architect A S Barnes to design Whitley Heights as a Mediterranean-style village on the hills above Hollywood Boulevard, and it became the first celebrity community

Other areas within Hollywood are Franklin Village, Little Armenia, Spaulding Square, Thai Town and Yucca Corridor

Adjacent neighborhoods

Relation of Hollywood to nearby communities:

The famous Hollywood Sign on Mount Lee is not actually in Hollywood but is instead to the north in the Hollywood Hills


The 2000 US census counted 77,818 residents in the 351-square-mile 91 km2 Hollywood neighborhood—an average of 22,193 people per square mile 8,569 per km2, the seventh-densest neighborhood in all of Los Angeles County In 2008 the city estimated that the population had increased to 85,489 The median age for residents was 31, about the city's average

Hollywood was said to be "highly diverse" when compared to the city at large The ethnic breakdown in 2000 was: Latino or Hispanic, 422%, Non-Hispanic Whites, 41%; Asian, 71%; blacks, 52%, and others, 45% Mexico 213% and Guatemala 13% were the most common places of birth for the 538% of the residents who were born abroad, a figure that was considered high for the city as a whole

The median household income in 2008 dollars was $33,694, considered low for Los Angeles The average household size of 21 people was also lower than the city norm Renters occupied 924% of the housing units, and home- or apartment owners the rest

The percentages of never-married men 551%, never-married women 398% and widows 96% were among the county's highest There were 2,640 families headed by single parents, about average for Los Angeles

In 2000, there were 2,828 military veterans, or 45%, a low rate for the city as a whole These were the ten neighborhoods or cities in Los Angeles County with the highest population densities, according to the 2000 census, with the population per square mile:

  1. Koreatown, Los Angeles, 42,611
  2. Westlake, Los Angeles, 38,214
  3. East Hollywood, Los Angeles, 31,095
  4. Pico-Union, Los Angeles, 25,352
  5. Maywood, California, 23,638
  6. Harvard Heights, Los Angeles, 23,473
  7. Hollywood, Los Angeles, 22,193
  8. Walnut Park, California, 22,028
  9. Palms, Los Angeles, 21,870
  10. Adams-Normandie, Los Angeles, 21,848

Radio and television

Walk of Fame

KNX was the last radio station to broadcast from Hollywood, before it left CBS Columbia Square for a studio in the Miracle Mile in 2005

On January 22, 1947, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, KTLA, began operating in Hollywood In December of that year, The Public Prosecutor became the first network television series to be filmed in HollywoodTelevision stations KTLA and KCET, both on Sunset Boulevard, are the last broadcasters television or radio with Hollywood addresses, but KCET has since sold its studios on Sunset and plans to move to another location KNBC moved in 1962 from the former NBC Radio City Studios at the northeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street to NBC Studios in Burbank KTTV moved in 1996 from its former home at Metromedia Square on Sunset Boulevard to West Los Angeles, and KCOP left its home on La Brea Avenue to join KTTV on the Fox lot KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV moved from their longtime home at CBS Columbia Square on Sunset Boulevard to a new facility at CBS Studio Center in Studio City


Hollywood Post Office building, 2015 Fire Station 27, 2010 Hollywood High School, 2008

As a neighborhood within the Los Angeles city limits, Hollywood does not have its own municipal government There was an official, appointed by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, who served as an honorary "Mayor of Hollywood" for ceremonial purposes only Johnny Grant held this position from 1980 until his death on January 9, 2008

Emergency service

The Los Angeles Police Department is responsible for police services The Hollywood police station is at 1358 N Wilcox Ave

Los Angeles Fire Department operates four fire stations – Station 27, 41, 52, and 82 – in the area

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Hollywood-Wilshire Health Center in Hollywood

Post office

The United States Postal Service operates the Hollywood Post Office, the Hollywood Pavilion Post Office, and the Sunset Post Office

Neighborhood councils

Hollywood is included within the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council HUNC Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council and the Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council Neighborhood Councils cast advisory votes on such issues as zoning, planning, and other community issues The council members are voted in by stakeholders, generally defined as anyone living, working, owning property, or belonging to an organization within the boundaries of the council


Hollywood residents aged 25 and older holding a four-year degree amounted to 28% of the population in 2000, about the same as in the county at large


Public schools are operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District LAUSD

Schools in Hollywood include:

Public libraries

The Will and Ariel Durant Branch and the Frances Howard Goldwyn – Hollywood Regional Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library are in Hollywood

The Chinese Theatre before 2007 Crossroads of the World The Dolby Theatre

Notable places

  • CBS Columbia Square
  • Charlie Chaplin Studios
  • Cinerama Dome
  • Crossroads of the World
  • Dolby Theatre
  • Earl Carroll Theatre currently Nickelodeon on Sunset
  • El Capitan Theatre
  • Frederick's of Hollywood
  • Gower Gulch
  • Grauman's Egyptian Theatre
  • Hollywood & Western Building
  • Hollywood and Highland Center
  • Hollywood and Vine
  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • Hollywood Heritage Museum
  • Hollywood Palladium
  • Hollywood Masonic Temple
  • Hollywood Museum
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Hollywood Wax Museum
  • Knickerbocker Hotel
  • Madame Tussauds Hollywood
  • Musso & Frank Grill
  • Pantages Theatre
  • Roosevelt Hotel
  • Sunset Gower Studios
  • TCL Chinese Theatre

Special events

  • The Academy Awards are held in late February/early March since 2004 of each year, honoring the preceding year in film Prior to 2004, they were held in late March/early April Since 2002, the Oscars have been held at their new home at the Dolby formerly Kodak Theater at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue
  • The annual Hollywood Christmas Parade: The 2006 parade on Nov 26 was the 75th edition of the Christmas Parade The parade goes down Hollywood Boulevard and is broadcast in the LA area on KTLA, and around the United States on Tribune-owned stations and the WGN superstation
  • The Hollywood Half Marathon takes place in April since 2012 of each year, to raise funds and awareness for local youth homeless shelters The event includes a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Kids Fun Run along Hollywood Blvd

See also

  • List of Hollywood-inspired nicknames
  • 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike
  • History of film
  • List of Hollywood novels
  • List of films set in Los Angeles
  • List of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments in Hollywood
  • List of television shows set in Los Angeles
  • North Hollywood, California
  • Outline of film
  • Studio zone
  • Greater Los Angeles portal
  • Film in the United States portal


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External links

  • Hollywood at DMOZ

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