Hollywood

Hollywood

Hollywood is a district in Los Angeles situated northwest of downtown L.A.  Due to its fame and cultural identity as the historical center of movie studios and movie stars, the word Hollywood is often used to describe where American cinema is created. Even though much of the movie industry has dispersed into surrounding areas such as West Hollywood and the Valley (as well as other states and countries), significant auxiliary industries, such as editing, effects, props, post-production, and lighting companies remain in Hollywood, as does the backlot of Paramount Studios.

Hollywood borders  Los Feliz  to the east and the city of West Hollywood is its western border.  It covers north into the Hollywood Hills and south to Melrose Avenue.  The heart of Hollywood are the corners of Hollywood & Vine and Hollywood & Highland.  Very early Hollywood was a thriving agricultural community with crops ranging from hay and grain to bananas and pineapples.  Once the agricultural land was subdivided Hollywood began to grow.  Hollywood Boulevard was a prestigious residential area with beautiful Victorian, Queen Anne & Mission style homes.  The burgeoning movie industry flooded the area with employees that needed housing. South of Hollywood Boulevard, developers built bungalows and courtyard style apartments.
 
The night life in Hollywood is historical ranging from the famous restaurants and lounges of Hollywood's Golden Era and some still thrive today.  The Pantages Theater and Musso & Frank Grill  and the Pig & Whistle are all still open.  Hollywood today is at the epicenter of the Los Angeles nightclub scene.  The Hollywood Boulevard commercial and entertainment district was officially listed in the National Register of Historic places in 1985.
 
For many years some areas of Hollywood were in decline with many of its stars moving to Beverly Hills and other areas.   Starting with the huge success in the mid-2000s of the Hollywood & Highland Complex, there has been an amazing resurgence of the nearby neighborhoods. The Dolby Theater (originally called the Kodak Theater) construction at the complex helped kicked off a growing number of major renovation and redevelopment projects in the area, with new hotels and old buildings being converted to lofts and condominium buildings. The famous "Hollywood Bungalows" that were the home to many rising stars during the Golden Age of Hollywood are being renovated back to their original architectural design thereby increasing the value and desirability of a neighborhood once on the decline.  Hooray for Hollywood!
 
Hollywood has many diverse areas such as famous Beachwood Canyon, the Hollywood Dell area, Whitley Heights, Hollywood Heights, Bronson Canyon, Melrose Hill, Spaulding Square and Downtown Hollywood, which has seen the recent construction and renovation of a number of high rise buildings.  Hollywood is in fact one of only a few areas in Los Angeles that allow high rise construction.   Hollywood has 2 Farmers Markets: Ivar and Selma Avenue on Sundays from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm, and the Hollywood Sears Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm at the former Sears parking lot at 5601 Santa Monica Blvd.  No summer in Hollywood would be complete without picnic concert at the Hollywood Bowl and, of course, the Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame still attract film and TV fans from around the world.