Hollywood is the general name given to a few neighborhoods located in Los Angeles, California, that are also synonymous with the glamour, money and power of the entertainment industry. As the show-business capital of the world, North Hollywood is home to many famous television and movie studios and record companies.
By 1911, the first movie studio appeared on Sunset Boulevard. By 1915, many major motion-picture companies had relocated to Hollywood from the East Coast. The first film completed in Hollywood was The Count of Monte Cristo. Hollywood was an ideal place to produce movies since it had warm, predictably sunny weather and diverse terrain perfect for movie backdrops.
The Hollywood sign is a must-see tourist attraction, although it didn’t start out that way. It was originally a clever electric billboard advertising an upscale suburban neighborhood in what is now the Hollywood Hills. The sign was supposed to last just one and a half years; however, it became part of Hollywood’s culture and remained.
The Golden Age of Hollywood was a period of great growth, experimentation and change in the industry that brought international prestige to Hollywood and its movie stars. With the introduction of movies with sound, Hollywood producers churned out westerns, musicals, romantic dramas, horror films and documentaries. Studio movie stars were even more idolized, and Hollywood increased its reputation as the land of affluence and fame.
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