Hollywood is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, a city best known for its association with the American film industry. It is located northwest of Los Angeles’ downtown and is bordered to the east by Hyperion Avenue and Riverside Drive, to the south by Beverly Boulevard, to the north by the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, and to the west by Beverly Hills. Since the early 1900s, when pioneers in the film industry discovered that southern California offered the perfect combination of a vast labor market, a pleasant temperature, lots of sunshine, and varied topography,
Film studios started to relocate outside of Hollywood after World War II, and the trend of filming “on location” resulted in the closure of several of the well-known lots and sound stages and their transfer to television program producers. Hollywood started to alter as the television business grew, and by the early 1960s, it was home to a large portion of the entertainment offered on American network television.
Numerous luminaries in the entertainment business are honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Hollywood sign, which stands watch over the neighborhood, is its most noticeable emblem. The sign, which was first constructed in 1923 (a new one was erected in 1978), initially said “Hollywoodland” to promote the new residences being created in the region. However, the sign fell into disrepair and the word “land” was deleted when it was renovated in the 1940s.