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Hollywood
Hollywood
Boulevard is a major east–west street in Los Angeles, California. It begins in the west as a winding residential street at Sunset Plaza Drive in the Hollywood
Hollywood
Hills West district. After crossing Laurel Canyon Boulevard, it proceeds due east as a major thoroughfare through Hollywood, Little Armenia and Thai Town to Vermont Avenue. It then runs southeast to its eastern terminus at Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard
in the Los Feliz district. Parts of the boulevard are popular tourist destinations, primarily the fifteen blocks between La Brea Avenue east to Gower Street where the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
is primarily located.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Revitalization

2 Gallery 3 Events 4 Landmarks 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] Hollywood
Hollywood
boulevard was originally named Prospect Avenue until 1910, when the town of Hollywood, created by H.J. Whitley, was annexed by the neighboring City of Los Angeles. After annexation, the street numbers changed from 100 Prospect Avenue, at Vermont Avenue, to 6400 Hollywood
Hollywood
Boulevard. In the early 1920s, real estate developer Charles E. Toberman (the "Father of Hollywood") envisioned a thriving Hollywood
Hollywood
theatre district.[1] Toberman was involved in 36 projects while building the Max Factor Building, Hollywood
Hollywood
Roosevelt Hotel and the Hollywood Masonic Temple. With Sid Grauman, he opened the three themed theatres: Egyptian, El Capitan ("The Captain") (1926), and Chinese.[2] In 1946, Gene Autry, while riding his horse in the Hollywood
Hollywood
Christmas Parade — which passes down Hollywood
Hollywood
Boulevard each year on the Sunday after Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving
— heard young parade watchers yelling, "Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus!" and was inspired to write "Here Comes Santa Claus" with Oakley Haldeman.[3] In 1958, the Hollywood
Hollywood
Walk of Fame, which runs from La Brea Avenue east to Gower Street (and an additional three blocks on Vine Street), was created as a tribute to artists working in the entertainment industry. In 1985, a portion of Hollywood
Hollywood
Boulevard in Hollywood
Hollywood
was listed in the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
as part of the "Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment District". Revitalization[edit] The El Capitan Theatre
El Capitan Theatre
was refurbished in 1991 then damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The full El Capitan building was fully restored and upgraded in 000000001997-12-01-0000December 1997. The Hollywood
Hollywood
Entertainment District, a self-taxing business improvement district, was formed for the properties from La Brea to McCadden on the boulevard.[2] The Hollywood
Hollywood
extension of the Metro Red Line subway was opened in June 1999, running from Downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles
to the San Fernando Valley. Stops on Hollywood
Hollywood
Boulevard are located at Western Avenue, Vine Street, and Highland Avenue. Metro Local
Metro Local
lines 180, 181, and 217, and Metro Rapid
Metro Rapid
line 780 also serve Hollywood
Hollywood
Boulevard. An anti-cruising ordinance prohibits driving on parts of the boulevard more than twice in four hours.[4] Beginning in 1995, then Los Angeles
Los Angeles
City Council member Jackie Goldberg initiated efforts to clean up Hollywood
Hollywood
Boulevard and reverse its decades-long slide into disrepute.[5] Central to these efforts was the construction of the Hollywood
Hollywood
and Highland Center and adjacent Dolby Theatre
Dolby Theatre
(originally known as the Kodak Theater) in 2001. In early 2006, the city made revamping plans on Hollywood
Hollywood
Boulevard for future tourists. The three-part plan was to exchange the original streetlights with red stars into two-headed old-fashioned streetlights, put in new palm trees, and put in new stoplights. The renovations were completed in late 2006. In the few years leading up to 2007, more than $2 billion was spent on projects in the neighborhood, including mixed-use retail and apartment complexes and new schools and museums.[5] Gallery[edit]

The intersection of Hollywood, then named Prospect and Highland avenues 1907 

Cruising circa 1909 

The intersection of Hollywood
Hollywood
and Highland, 2006 

Hollywood
Hollywood
Blvd at night 

Hollywood
Hollywood
Walk of Fame 

Events[edit] A popular event that takes place on the Boulevard is the complete transformation of the street to a Christmas
Christmas
theme. Shops and department stores attract customers by lighting their stores and the entire street with decorated Christmas
Christmas
trees and Christmas
Christmas
lights. The street essentially becomes "Santa Claus Lane."[6] Landmarks[edit]

TCL Chinese Theatre

American Cinematheque Barnsdall Art Park Bob Hope Square
Bob Hope Square
( Hollywood
Hollywood
and Vine) Broadway Hollywood
Hollywood
Building Capitol Records Tower Chinese Theatre Dolby Theatre Grauman's Egyptian Theatre El Capitan Theatre Fonda Theatre Frederick's of Hollywood Hollywood
Hollywood
Sign Hollywood
Hollywood
and Highland Hollywood
Hollywood
Pacific Theatre Hollywood
Hollywood
Roosevelt Hotel Hollywood
Hollywood
Walk of Fame Hollywood
Hollywood
Wax Museum Hollywood
Hollywood
Masonic Temple Madame Tussauds Hollywood Musso & Frank Grill Pantages Theatre Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium Vista Theatre

See also[edit]

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
portal

List of Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Historic-Cultural Monuments in Hollywood

References[edit]

^ Lord, Rosemary (2002). Los Angeles: Then and Now. San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press. pp. 90–91. ISBN 1-57145-794-1.  ^ a b Vaughn, Susan (March 3, 1998). "El Capitan Courageous". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 7, 2015.  ^ "Home - The Hollywood
Hollywood
Christmas
Christmas
Parade." The Hollywood
Hollywood
Christmas Parade. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2014. ^ Martin H and McCormack S (September 24, 1999): Idled by the Law : As Cities Crack Down on Cruising, Car Culture Aficionados Find Other Outlets. Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times archive. Retrieved March 26, 2013. ^ a b Steinhauer, Jennifer (January 26, 2007). "Development at Hollywood
Hollywood
Boulevard and Vine Street
Vine Street
spurs Tinseltown renaissance". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved August 14, 2012.  ^ Masters, Nathan. "When Hollywood
Hollywood
Boulevard Became Santa Claus Lane LA as Subject SoCal Focus KCET." KCET. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2014.

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Hollywood
Chamber of Commerce

v t e

Greater Hollywood

Districts and neighborhoods

Beachwood Canyon Cahuenga Pass Colegrove East Hollywood Hollywood Hollywood
Hollywood
Dell Hollywood
Hollywood
Hills Laurel Canyon Little Armenia Melrose District Melrose Hill Nichols Canyon Outpost Estates Spaulding Square Thai Town Whitley Heights Yucca Corridor

Points of interest

Dolby Theatre Griffith Park Grauman's Chinese Theatre Hollywood
Hollywood
and Highland Center Hollywood
Hollywood
Boulevard Hollywood
Hollywood
Sign Walk of Fame La Brea Tar Pits Pantages Theatre Sunset Bronson Studios Sunset Gower Studios

Neighboring cities and communities

Beverly Hills Universal City West Hollywood

LA Regions Crescenta Valley Downtown Eastside Harbor Area Greater Hollywood Northeast LA Northwest LA San Fernando Valley South LA Westside Wilshire

Mid-City West Mid-Wilshire

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Streets in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and the metropolitan area

Numbered streets

1–10

1st 3rd

11–40 41–250 Avenues

North–south streets

Alameda Alvarado Atlantic Blvd./Atlantic Ave. Avalon Blvd. Aviation Blvd. Beverly Dr. Broadway Cahuenga Blvd. Central Ave. Crenshaw Blvd. Doheny Dr. Fairfax Ave. Figueroa Garfield Ave. Glendale Blvd./Brand Blvd. Gower Grand Avenue Highland Ave. Hill Hoover La Brea Ave./Hawthorne Blvd. La Cienega Blvd. Laurel Canyon Blvd./Crescent Heights Blvd. Lincoln Blvd. Los Angeles Main Normandie Ave. Ocean Ave. Robertson Blvd. Rosemead Blvd./Lakewood Blvd. San Fernando Rd. San Pedro Sawtelle Blvd. Sepulveda Blvd. Sierra Hwy. Soto Pacific Blvd./Long Beach Blvd. Union Ave. Vermont Ave. Vine Van Ness Ave Western Ave. Westwood Blvd. Wilcox Avenue

East–west streets

Adams Blvd. Alondra Blvd. Arrow Hwy. Artesia Blvd. Bandini Blvd. Beverly Blvd. Carroll Ave. Carson Century Blvd. Compton Blvd./Marine Ave. Del Amo Blvd. El Segundo Blvd. Florence Ave. Franklin Ave. Garvey Ave. Hollywood
Hollywood
Blvd. Imperial Hwy. Jefferson Blvd. Lomita Blvd. Los Feliz Blvd. Manchester Ave./Firestone Blvd. Manhattan Beach Blvd. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Melrose Ave. Montana Ave. Mulholland Dr. Nadeau Olympic Blvd. Pico Blvd. Rosecrans Ave. Santa Monica Blvd. Slauson Ave. Sunset Blvd./Cesar Chavez Ave. Temple Valley Blvd. Vernon Ave. Venice Blvd. Washington Blvd. Whittier Blvd. Wilshire Blvd.

The Valleys

Arrow Hwy. Balboa Blvd. Beverly Glen Blvd. Cahuenga Blvd. Coldwater Canyon Ave. Colorado Blvd. Foothill Blvd. Glenoaks Blvd. Lankershim Blvd. Laurel Canyon Blvd. Mulholland Dr. Reseda Blvd. Riverside Dr. San Fernando Rd. Sepulveda Blvd. Sierra Hwy. Sunland Blvd./Vineland Ave. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Valley Blvd. Van Nuys Blvd. Ventura Blvd. Victory Blvd.

Intersections and traffic circles

Hollywood
Hollywood
and Vine Los Alamitos Circle

Diagonal streets

Centinela Ave./Bundy Dr. San Vicente Blvd. California
California
Incline

Streets in San Pedro

Gaffey Western Ave.

Alleyways

Olvera Santee Alley

In popular culture

77 Sunset Strip "All I Wanna Do" "Blue Jay Way" "Dead Man's Curve" "Down Rodeo" "I Love L.A." Mulholland Drive "Pico and Sepulveda" "LA Devotee" Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard
(film, musical)

All un-suffixed roads are streets unless otherwise noted.

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Historic Districts in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
County

20th St. 27th St. 52nd Pl. Alvarado Terrace Arroyo Seco Parkway Broadway Bungalow Heaven (Pasadena) Civic Center (Pasadena) Edison (Pomona) Ford Place (Pasadena) Hollywood
Hollywood
Boulevard Lincoln Park (Pomona) Little Tokyo Pueblo de Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Plaza Lower Arroyo Seco (Pasadena) Menlo Ave.-W. 29th St. N. Harper Ave. (W. Hollywood) North University Park Old Pasadena Park Place-Arroyo Terrace (Pasadena) Pegfair Estates (Pasadena) Pisgah Home Poppy Peak (Pasadena) Prospect (Pasadena) Redondo Beach Original Townsite Russian Village (Claremont) South Marengo (Pasadena) S. Bonnie Brae South Pasadena S. Serrano Ave. Spring St. St. James Park Van Buren Pl. Venice Canal Washington Court
Washington Court
(Pasadena) Whitley He

.