Located in the central region of Los Angeles, Hollywood is most recognized for its prominent film industry and celebrities associated with the neighborhood. Hollywood is known as the capital of global entertainment, where Columbia Pictures, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, and Universal Pictures were all founded. Hollywood can be broken down into four different boroughs, North Hollywood, South Hollywood, East Hollywood, and West Hollywood.
Hollywood provides its residents with an urban feel where there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops and parks to enjoy. Hollywood, with a population of around 74,000, is well known for its diversity among residents.
History of Hollywood
Hollywood was established in 1853 and was originally a thriving agricultural community. Known as the “Father of Hollywood”, H.J. Whitley agreed to purchase the 480-acre piece of land. That piece of land would later be named by Daeida Wilcox, who donated land to help in the development of Hollywood. According to Wilcox, she chose the name Hollywood “simply because it sounds nice and because I’m superstitious and holly brings good luck”. By 1900, the Hollywood region had established a post office, newspaper, hotel, and two markets. It wasn’t until 1903 when Hollywood was recognized as a municipality. In 1910 the city voted to merge Hollywood with Los Angeles in order to secure an adequate water supply and gain access to the L.A. sewer system.
By 1912, major motion picture studios began setting up production in Hollywood as they were attracted to the warmer weather, and wanted to get away from the climate extremes and politics on the East Coast. In 1923 a sign reading “Hollywoodland” was built in the Hollywood Hills to advertise the nearby housing district. It wasn’t until 1949 when the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce agreed to a contract with the City of LA to repair and rebuild the sign, but this time, spell out Hollywood, to refer to the entire district rather than just the housing community. Soon after, the Hollywood Freeway was constructed, and many of the iconic Hollywood landmarks were established. For example, Capitol Records was built in 1956, the Hollywood Walk of Fame was created in 1958, the Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment District launched in 1985, and the Dolby Theatre opened in 2001.
Despite experiencing some serious decline in the 1980’s, Hollywood gentrified due to revitalization by private enterprise and public planners. For example, over 1,200 new hotel rooms were added to the neighborhood between 2001 and 2016, and 4,000 new apartments and over thirty low to mid-rise development projects were approved in 2019 alone. Today, Hollywood is among the most dense neighborhoods in LA County. The median age for a Hollywood resident is 31, and the neighborhood is known for its highly diverse population.
Los Angeles has one of the best dining scenes in the country. Specifically in Hollywood, residents and visitors have access to every type of food from quick and easy street food to award-winning sit-down restaurants. Hollywood is overflowing with dining options, from Italian to Japanese, but is actually most known for having the best Thai food in LA. Check out our list of must-try restaurants in Hollywood:
- Musso & Frank Grill
- Luv2eat Thai Bistro
- Off Vine
- L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
Things to Do in Hollywood
As a symbol of the entertainment industry, Hollywood offers its residents and visitors a myriad of attractions and things to do. A thriving city, Hollywood is home to many restaurants, comedy clubs, bars, landmarks, and scenic hiking trails, offering a little bit of everything for every crowd. Below is our list of the most popular things to do in Hollywood, CA.
- Hollywood Sign
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Warner Brother’s Studio Tour
- Universal Studios
- Griffith Observatory
- Dolby Theatre
- Hollywood Museum
- Hollywood Wax Museum
- Hollywood Boulevard
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