Hollywood

Hollywood


The city of Hollywood is what most of the country thinks of when they talk about Los Angeles. Known mostly for its connection with the film and television industry, Hollywood has come to symbolize Los Angeles, and the hopes, dreams, and desires of fame that go along with it. The city of Hollywood is loosely made up of boundaries that sit at Mulholland Drive to the north, Melrose to the south, and Laurel Canyon or Coldwater Canyon to the west. It officially includes the districts of Griffith Park and Los Feliz, although downtown Hollywood is more typical of the feel of the community, with its famous attractions like Graumann’s Chinese Theater, the Hollywood and Highland Entertainment complex, and the museums and the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. Hollywood will probably always be known for its glitz and glamour, and as the birthplace of American cinema. Situated just a few miles west of downtown Los Angeles, the city of Hollywood draws in more visitors than almost any other Los Angeles city. Tourists flock streets to catch glimpses of costumed characters and celebrity impersonators that offer picture taking opportunities with “Marilyn Monroe,” “Michael Jackson,” and “Spiderman.”

The hub of Hollywood centers around the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which houses the hand and footprints of famed stars like Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, and Mickey Mouse, among others. Daniel Radcliff, from the Harry Potter movie series, has his wand-print encased in concrete on the Walk of Fame. Within a few steps in either direction, one can visit Disney’s El Capitan Theater, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, the Kodak Theater, nightclubs, gift shops, and the Max Factor Museum. Enchanting concerts under the stars take place at the Hollywood Bowl, an open-air amphitheater that hosts the LA Philharmonic throughout the year.

The city of Hollywood does not have its own government, but Johnny Grant served as honorary mayor from 1980 until his death in 2008. No other mayors have been appointed. Hollywood’s “four-level” interchange is a major intersection of freeways that transports residents and passers-by through one of the busiest areas in Los Angeles. The main thoroughfares in Hollywood are Vine Street, Melrose Avenue, and Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. The Cahuenga Pass takes drivers into the San Fernando Valley to the north. Hollywood has undergone a gentrification, which now makes the city a desirable place for living and working among the hipster crowd. Lofts and condo conversions are prominent in the city, as are some single-family homes in the Hollywood Hills and in Laurel Canyon.

Visitor attractions include the famous Hollywood Sign visible from miles away, perched on a hill above all city landmarks, the cylindrical Capitol Records Tower, being the most recognizable buildings, shaped-like a stack of records with a needle on top, the Pantages Theatre representing the best musical and theatrical productions. Worth seeing are the Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood with stunning wax figures, Hollywood Guinness Book of World Records Museum with exhibits and displays, Hollywood Bowl Museum, and Universal Studios Hollywood, a theme park featuring tours, studios, rides, restaurants, and attractions. Hollywood has several hotels like A Thompson Hotel, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and others depending upon your requirements, besides the various eateries.




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