You’ll find the Hollywood district right in the heart of the City of Angels. Its very term has become shorthand for the American film business and all those involved in it. Hollywood is home to numerous film studios, including the legendary Walt Disney Studios, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, and Universal Pictures (the latter of which still maintains its Hollywood studios).

Famous tourist attractions in Hollywood include the TCL Chinese Theatre and the Walk of Fame, which is lined with photographs of famous actors and actresses. Paramount Pictures, the iconic Hollywood Bowl, and the Oscar-hosting Dolby Theatre are just a few of the attractions in the area. Improv comedy clubs, retro stylish bars, and velvet roped nightclubs are all options for scenesters. The adjacent Thai Town is popular with locals for its variety of dining options.

In 1903, Hollywood officially became a city. In 1910, it was merged with Los Angeles and became one city. Very quickly after that, the East Coast became the center of a thriving film industry. Over time, it surpassed all others in terms of worldwide recognition.

In the early 20th century, Thomas Edison’s Motion Picture Patents Company in New Jersey owned the vast majority of patents for filmmaking cameras and equipment. Due to this, several filmmakers relocated to Los Angeles, where they could more easily avoid enforcement of Edison’s patents. The accessibility of several locations and the pleasant climate made it a perfect place to film. The American film business shifted its headquarters to Los Angeles. Hollywood was a great spot to set up studios because of its proximity to the mountains, plains, and cheap land.

When the area suffered a severe deterioration in the 1980s due to crime, drugs, and rising poverty, many historical landmarks were threatened with destruction. Columbia Square, at the northwest corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street, is part of the ongoing redevelopment of Hollywood. This studio building, built in the Art Deco style in 1938, previously served as CBS’s Hollywood headquarters. It became home to a new generation of broadcasters when cable television networks MTV, Comedy Central, BET and Spike TV consolidated their operations there in 2014 as part of a $420 million office, residential and retail complex.

Hollywood’s gentrification has been on the increase since the year 2000, when both business and state planners began their efforts to revitalize the area. The Hollywood region has had a growth of around 1,200 hotel rooms since 2001. This year, thirty-plus low- to medium-rise construction projects were given the green light, along with four thousand brand-new residences.

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