Hollywood, California

Hollywood is a region in the City of Los Angeles that is famous for being the home of the entertainment industry in California. It has a population exceeding 80,000. The Hollywood Hills are to the north, the Hollywood Hills West are to the northwest, Los Feliz is to the northeast, East Hollywood is to the east, and the city of West Hollywood is to the west. Other Los Angles neighborhoods are to the south and east. Universal City and Studios are to the north.  Both Little Armenia and Thai Town are in Hollywood. Prior to being annexed to Los Angeles in 1910, Hollywood was incorporated as a city in 1903. Hollywood voted to merge with the City of Los Angeles to secure an adequate water supply and to gain access to its sewer system.

The following communities are located in Hollywood:

  • Charlie Chaplin Studios
  • Cinerama Dome
  • Dolby Theatre
  • EI Capitan Theatre
  • Grauman's Egyptian Theatre
  • Hollywood & Vine
  • Hollywood Heritage Museum
  • Hollywood Palladium


  • Hollywood Masonic Temple
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Hollywood Wax Museum
  • Knickerbocker Hotel
  • Pantages Theatre
  • Roosevelt Hotel
  • Sunset Gower Studios
  • TCl Chinese Theatre

Greater Hollywood Area

The Greater Hollywood Area is made up of Hollywood and those areas surrounding Hollywood that are heavily involved in the film and entertainment industry. The Greater Hollywood Area is made up of the following communities: East Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Hollywood Hills East, Los Feliz, Melrose District, Silver Lake, Universal City.


The Magic Castle

The Magic Castle, established in 1963, is a private club in the Hollywood community of Los Angeles, located at the foot of the Hollywood Hills section of the Santa Monica Mountains. Club members are magicians and people who enjoy magic. The club provides magic performances daily, a great restaurant, research library, and more. The Magic Castle also serves as the clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts which is a non-profit corporation devoted to promoting and developing the art of magic. The Magic Castle building is a unique and beautiful structure, built in 1909. It was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1989.


Hollywood Walk of Fame

The world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, established in 1958, consists of approximately 15 blocks on Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks on Vine Street in Hollywood where more than 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars have been embedded in the sidewalks as permanent public monuments. The monuments or stars recognize achievement in the entertainment industry by actors, musicians, producers, directors, and fictional characters. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. It is a major Southern California tourist attraction with over 12 million people visiting each year. The Walk of Fame was designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1978.


Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl, constructed in 1920-1922, is a world-class outdoor amphitheater that seats 17,376. Known for its band shell design, the magnificent theater is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue, south of Universal City and north of Franklin Avenue in Hollywood. Performers have included The Beatles, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Al Jolson, Beverley Sills, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Luciano Pauarotti, Cher, Nat "King" Cole, and many others.


Hollywood Bowl Museum

The Hollywood Bowl Museum, located at the Hollywood Bowl, features audio and video recordings, photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts about the Hollywood Bowl and various performances.


Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

The twelve story, 300 room Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is a historic landmark built and financed in 1926-1927 by Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks. The hotel is located at 700 Hollywood Boulevard and was named after President Theodore Roosevelt. It was the location for the 1st Academy Awards in 1929, but was not large enough to host subsequent awards events. In 1929, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard paid the then astronomical amount of five dollars per day for the penthouse.


 Knickerbocker Hotel

The Knickerbocker Hotel, now the Knickerbocker Apartments, opened in 1929 in Hollywood, California and soon became a landmark and the location of some memorable events. Most notable is that on Halloween night in 1936, the window of Harry Houdini held her tenth unsuccessful séance on the roof of the hotel to contact her deceased husband, the world famous magician who had promised that he would attempt to contact her. Both veteran actor William Frawley and movie producer D.W. Griffith died on separate dates in the lobby, and famous costume designer Irene Lentz committed suicide by jumping to her death from the 11th floor. Famous former residents include Elvis Presley, William Frawley, Stan Laurel, and Oliver Hardy. Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio often met friends in the hotel bar. The historic Knickerbocker Hotel is now a senior citizens retirement home.


Hollywood Heritage Museum

The Hollywood Heritage Museum, also referred to as the Hollywood Studio Museum, is on Highland Avenue, just north of Franklin Avenue, across from the Hollywood Bowl. The museum, established in 1985, houses photographs from the silent film era, numerous movie props, historic movie related documents, a variety of movie memorabilia, and more.


John Anson Ford Amphitheatre

The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, also known as the Ford Theatre, consists of a 1,200 seat, outdoor theater and an 87 seat, indoor theater located in the Hollywood community of Los Angeles. The theater, built in 1920, is located in a 45 acre park owned by the County of Los Angeles.


Whitley Heights Historic District

Whitley Heights is a residential community in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles that is on the south slope of the Hollywood Hills section of the Santa Monica Mountains. The community was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and is known as the Whitley Heights Historic District. The area is bordered on the north and east by Cahuenga Boulevard, on the west by Highland Avenue, and on the south by Franklin Avenue. Many of the homes overlook the Hollywood Bowl and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Whitley Heights, one of the first celebrity communities, was home to Marlene Dietrich, W. C. Fields, Judy Garland, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, William Powell, Tyrone Power, Rosalind Russel, Barbara Stanwyck, Gloria Swanson, and Rudolph Valentino.


Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus (Mt. Olympus) is an affluent community of 406 single family homes located in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles. Mount Olympus was developed in 1969 and is bounded by Hollywood Boulevard, Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Willow Glen Road, and Nichols Canyon Road. Mount Olympus is governed by the Mount Olympus Property Owners Association which is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation - homeowners association. The association is governed by an eleven person board of directors which is elected annually.


Nichols Canyon

Nichols Canyon is an area in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles that starts at Hollywood Boulevard and continues north into the hills to a point just south of Mulholland Drive. There is a year-round spring fed creek and large waterfall in the canyon, plus several smaller waterfalls. There is abundant wildlife to be found including deer, raccoons, hawks, and coyotes. Nichols Canyon is home to many wealthy people including Hollywood celebrities.


Laurel Canyon

Laurel Canyon is an affluent residential community in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles. Laurel Canyon Boulevard runs through the center with homes existing on both sides. Hollywood is at the south end of the boulevard and the San Fernando Valley is at the far north end. Laurel Canyon was inhabited by the Tongva Indians for thousands of years before the area was claimed by Spain and later by Mexico. The Laurel Canyon Association is a voluntary association of homeowners founded for the purpose of preserving and improving the quality of life in Laurel Canyon.


Melrose Avenue - Melrose District

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Yucca Corridor

The Yucca Corridor is a densely populated neighborhood in Hollywood which is an area within the City of Los Angeles. The corridor is along Yucca Avenue. It is bounded on the north by Franklin Avenue, on the east by Vine Street, on the west by North Highland Avenue, and on the south by Hollywood Boulevard. The area is going through a transition becoming a hub for artists, actors, musicians, and entertainment business professionals. The Hollywood Hills are to the north.


C. E. Toberman Estate - Hollywood

The C. E. Toberman Estate, built on 2 acres in 1924, is a 19 room, 9,800 square foot historic mansion in the Hollywood community of Los Angeles, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, and as a Los Angeles Historic - Cultural Monument in 1984. The home was built by Charles E. Toberman, known as the "Father of Hollywood." Mr. Toberman developed the famous Roosevelt Hotel, the Hollywood Bowl, the Hollywood Masonic Temple, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre.


Hollywood Bowl Scenic Overlook

Hollywood Hills

The Hollywood Bowl Scenic Overlook in the Hollywood Hills area of the eastern Santa Monica Mountains, provides incredible views of the Hollywood Bowl Amphitheater, Downtown Los Angeles, Griffith Park Observatory, and on a clear day, the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island.


Hollywood Reservoir - Lake Hollywood

Lake Hollywood Park

The Hollywood Reservoir, also known as Lake Hollywood, is a reservoir owned and operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and is part of the Los Angeles Aqueduct storage system. The reservoir is located in the Santa Monica Mountains in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles. Adjacent to the reservoir is Lake Hollywood Park which is popular for walking, jogging, and hiking.


Runyon Canyon Park

Runyon Canyon Park, owned and managed by the City of Los Angeles, is a 130 acre park just north of Hollywood Boulevard in the eastern Santa Monica Mountains. The views from the park are spectacular and include Downtown Los Angeles, Park La Brea, Baldwin Hills, the Pacific Ocean, and on a clear day, Catalina Island.


Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign is a landmark and cultural icon located on the south side of Mount Lee in Griffith Park. It is in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. The Hollywood sign, once known as the Hollywoodland Sign, is constructed of 45 foot high white capital letters and is 350 feet long. It was originally constructed in 1923 to advertise a new home development. Cahuenga Peak and Burbank Peak are to the west.


Mount Hollywood

Mount Hollywood Trail

Griffith Park’s most popular bike trail leads to the summit of the 1,625 foot Mount Hollywood. Mount Hollywood is not the mountain that is home to the massive Hollywood Sign. That mountain is nearby Mount Lee. The three-mile, round trip trail to the peak of Mount Hollywood starts at the Griffith Observatory. On a clear day views span from the San Gabriel Valley on the east to the Pacific Ocean on the west. In addition to the Los Angeles Basin, views also include Mount Baldy, Mount San Jacinto, and Mount San Gorgonio.


Wilshire Country Club

The Wilshire Country Club is a magnificent 107 acre, member owned private golf club established in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1919. The club, which is on the edge of Hollywood, offers an 18 hole golf course designed by Norman Macbeth plus all of the amenities that you would expect from a first class private club. Membership is by invitation only. The grounds are absolutely beautiful.


Hollywood Film Festival

The Hollywood Film Festival, established in 1997, is an annual film festival held in the Hollywood community of Los Angeles. The Hollywood Film Festival consists of the Comedy Film Festival, Documentary Film Festival, Independent Film Festival, Animation Film Festival, Shorts Film Festival, Horror Film Festival, and the Digital Film Festival.


Hollywood Palladium

The Hollywood Palladium is a historic theater in Hollywood, California that includes an 11,200 square foot dance floor that accommodates up to 3,714 people. The famous Streamline Modern, Art Deco style building, and landmark, was built in 1940 by Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When it opened in 1940, it featured Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra. Admission was one dollar.


El Capitan Theatre

The El Capitan Theatre, built in 1926, is a fully restored luxury theater and Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmark. The magnificent 1,100 seat theatre is owned by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and is now the venue for Walt Disney Studios’ film premieres. The theatre is absolutely beautiful.


Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, established in 1921, serves its member businesses in Hollywood and the surrounding communities, including Los Feliz and West Hollywood.


Guinness World Records Museum

The Guinness World Records Museum, established in 1991, is located on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Hollywood Boulevard) in Hollywood just a few steps east of Highland Avenue. The family friendly museum showcases amazing world records as documented in the Guinness World Records Book.


Rancho Los Feliz

Rancho Los Feliz was the 6,647-acre Spanish land grant given in 1795 in present day Los Angeles County that included Griffith Park, the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles, and parts of Hollywood. Historic sites in Rancho Los Feliz include Maugna which is a former Tongva Indian settlement, and the Los Feliz Adobe built in 1830 in Griffith Park.

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