Though located in Los Angeles, Hollywood is not only a destination but a state-of-mind. Hollywood has long been associated with glitz and glamour from film, television and music industries. This one of a kind destination is a magnet for local, out-of state and international travelers. Millions of visitors each year flock to Hollywood to catch a glimpse of a few famous personalities. Whether you come for the historic sites, famous celebrities or family fun attractions, the one thing everyone has in common is “Hollywood Fever”!
“I’m going to Hollywood” is a cry well known. But how well do you know the city? Here are a few fun facts before you visit.
1. Hollywood was given its name by the real estate developer Hobart Johnstone Whitley while on his honeymoon in 1886.
2. In 1923, Harry Chandler, an investor, and the then owner of ‘The Los Angeles Times’, built the famous Hollywood Sign to advertise the area ‘Hollywoodland’. The total expense for this advertisement was $21,000. Initially, it was built to last only for eighteen months.
3. In May 1927, a Chinese theater known as ‘Grauman’s Chinese Theatre’ was opened in Hollywood. It is one of the most popular and legendary theaters in the world. This Chinese theater is a major tourist attraction. Featuring an attractive jade-green bronze roof, which is 90 feet high, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre houses many artifacts from China, and is truly a Chinese landmark in Hollywood. One of the courts of the theater has the foot and hand prints of various Hollywood legends such as Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, John Wayne, Jack Nicholson, etc.
4. Capitol Records Tower’ in Hollywood was the world’s first circular office. Musical nights of big names like The Beatles, Nat King Cole, The Beach Boys, and Frank Sinatra were hosted here.
5. The Hollywood Bowl is the world’s largest outdoor amphitheater.
6. The first motion picture theater opened in Los Angeles on April 2, 1902.
7. Four “Stars” have been stolen from the Hollywood Walk of Fame – and these things weigh 300 pounds each!
8. Prior to 1910, there were no movie theaters in the Hollywood district–because they were banned!
9. Cecile B. DeMille’s 1914 film ‘The Squaw Man’ was the first ever movie made exclusively in a Hollywood studio. Now, 500-700 movies are released in Hollywood every year, and that’s about half the number of films released in India every year!
10. ‘The Jazz Singer,’ a 1927 movie directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Johnson and May McAvoy, was the first talkie–or film with sound–made in Hollywood. This 89-minute classic cost a then-staggering $422,000 to make.