Universal City

Universal City


Universal City is a district in the eastern San Fernando Valley that includes the 45-acre Universal Studios theme park and Universal Citiwalk, an exciting pedestrian friendly promenade that sits adjacent to Universal Studios. The area is comprised of 70% unincorporated land and is surrounded entirely by the city of Los Angeles. Universal City houses a 36-story office building called 10 Universal Plaza, which is home to NBC and Universal Entertainment. The “city” also boasts two major hotels, the Sheraton Universal and the Universal Hilton. Universal City is not a residential neighborhood, but is located steps from the communities of North Hollywood and Studio City, which offer a variety of housing options. The NoHo Arts district of nearby North Hollywood is an up and coming area that features live/ work lofts and new condominiums. In the hills of Studio City, mid-priced to very expensive condos, single family homes, and estates offer luxury living for celebrities and those involved in the entertainment industries. Universal City is situated just a few miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles and minutes from Hollywood.

The main attraction in Universal City is Universal Studios Hollywood. Founded in 1912 by Carl Laemmle, a power player in the world of film, it is one of the oldest working movie studios. In 1920, Laemmle began allowing tourists get an up close and personal view of how movies and comedies were made, but ended the practice when the “talkies” of the time required “quiet on the set.” Universal Studios started welcoming tourists again in 1964, and now gives visitors a chance to enjoy rides, see stage shows, and explore the inner workings of some of the hottest TV shows and films of past and present. Families are treated to attractions centered around their favorite characters and stars, like The Simpson’s, Shrek, and life-like dinosaurs from Jurassic Park. A popular ride at Universal Studios is the tram that goes through a real Hollywood back lot, and past an enormous, 3D replica of King Kong. After a day at Universal Studios, it's fun to spend a couple of hours roaming Citiwalk. Stroll the esplanade and enjoy eateries, coffee shops, gift and specialty stores, and a cinema that includes an IMAX screen. Citiwalk is a great destination for a night out on the town, with the Gibson amphitheater, a dueling piano bar, and Jillian’s Hi Life Lanes bowling alley all within walking distance of each other.

Universal City is served by the Metro Red Line Light Rail subway system that has a station in North Hollywood.




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