Hollywood is situated in a neighborhood region of Los Angeles, California. Known as a Tinseltown and Dream Factory for film production. Most of the American film studios are present here for many years. Originally founded by Daeida Hartell Wilcox Beveridge, who donated the mainland of Hollywood. It became the American film capital and many studios flock down to the area to establish their studios with low priced land. Thus the journey of Hollywood begins. So let’s have a look at some interesting facts about the world’s most famous film industry hub.
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Named during honeymoon vacation –
1. Hobart Johnstone Whitley, the “Father of Hollywood” named the place while on his honeymoon vacation with his wife Margaret Virginia. He was born in the city of Toronto, Canada, and became a naturalized US citizen during 1870.
2. Glen-Holly Hotel was the first hotel built in mainland Hollywood in 1895.
3. For plot buyers, H.J Whitley built a famous Hollywood Hotel in December 1902. In 2001 the hotel was demolished. That place was taken by Hollywood and Highland Center. That includes famous Dolby Theatre. At present renowned Academy, Award Ceremony takes place in this hotel.
4. The famous signboard “Hollywood” was not there from establishment time. Earlier it was written as “Hollywoodland”. It was built at top of the Hollywood hills to promote the land for sale . Later in 1949, the Hollywood sign remained the same but the word Land was removed.
Film industry facts –
5. In 1900 most of the motion picture patents were held by Thomas Edison’s company Motion Picture Patents Company. To avoid the legal problems most of the motion picture companies started to move out of New Jersey. They started to start their productions in Los Angeles. At that time land prices are comparatively in Los Angeles.
6. Nestor Film Company was the first studio. And upon the establishment of some of the biggest film production houses like Paramount, Warner Brothers, RKO, and Columbia in 1918, it became one of the biggest film industries in the country. By 1930 the industry started producing 600 films per year.
Started with a silent film –
7. A 17-minute silent film In “Old California” was the first motion picture in Hollywood. Directed by D.W.Griffith in 1910 the film was made for a motion picture company Biograph Company.
8. In 1950 the first freeway ran through the area was Hollywood Freeway.
9. KNX was the last radio station broadcasted from here.
10. The first commercial television station KTLA was established here, in January 22nd 1947.
11. Public Prosecutor was the first network television series filmed here, during 1947.
12. The Jazz Singer was the first talkie made in 1927. Produced by Warner Brothers, it was the first feature-length motion picture where singing and lips synchronized music and speech used in many sequences.
13. A famous cemetery Forever Cemetery is built in Hollywood. It is the only cemetery in the neighborhood that was built in 1899. Many famous stars were buried there, such as Bugsy Siegel, Chris Cornell and many more.
Any thought about this sidewalk ?
14. Hollywood Walk of Fame has many stars on the sidewalk except Muhammad Ali’s. Because Mr. Ali did not want to walk over it.
15. The sidewalk was constructed by a volunteer president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce E.M.Stuart, in 1953.
16. Along with Hollywood, Alabama there are more 10 other towns with the same name tried to trademark their towns. But after their fail attempts in the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, they had pay royalties.