Hollywood is a LA neighborhood located in the central region of Los Angeles, California. Its name is synonymous with the American film industry. Lying just northwest of downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood is bounded by Hyperion Avenue and Riverside Drive to the east, Beverly Boulevard to the south, the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains to the north, and Beverly Hills to the west. Many of its studios, such as Disney, Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., and Universal Pictures were founded there. Paramount is the only studio still located in Hollywood. Hollywood was incorporated as a municipality in the year 1903. In 1910, it was consolidated with the city of LA. The 2000 United States census counted 77,818 residents.

In the early 1900s, many filmmakers began the move to the Los Angeles and the adjacent area to avoid the strict rules imposed by Thomas Edison’s Motion Picture Patents Company. Since most moviemaking patents were owned by Edison, independent filmmakers were often sued by Edison to stop their productions. To escape his control, and because the ideal weather conditions and varied terrain made it an ideal filimg location, moviemakers began to arrive in Los Angeles to make their films. In 1923, the Hollywood sign was erected in the Hollywood Hills. Originally, it read “HOLLYWOODLAND,” its purpose being to advertise a local housing development. In the year 1949, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce entered a contract with the City of LA to rebuild the sign. The agreement stipulated that “LAND” would be removed to spell “HOLLYWOOD” and reflect the district, not the housing development.

Like the rest of Los Angeles, Hollywood has a hot summer Mediterranean climate or dry summer subtropical climate. Summers are hot, sunny and arid, with virtually no rain falling between April and October. Winters are mild and rainy, but there are still plenty of warm, sunny days in the winter.

Hollywood is said to be “highly diverse.” The ethnic breakdown of Hollywood in 2000 was 42.2% Latino or Hispanic, 41% Non-Hispanic White, 7.1% Asian, 5.2% black, and 4.5% other. Mexico (21.3%) and Guatemala (13%) were the most common places of birth for the 53.8% of the residents born abroad, a figure considered high for the city as a whole.

Hollywood beckons tourists with landmarks like TCL Chinese Theatre and star-studded Walk of Fame. Highlights include Paramount Pictures, historic music venues like the Hollywood Bowl, and Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars. Scenesters can choose from improv comedy clubs, retro-cool bars and velvet-roped nightclubs. Locals frequent eateries in nearby Thai Town.

Hollywood is the home of many historic and unusual points of interests. A sampling of places to visit, include:

Capitol Records
Charlie Chaplin Studios
Frederick’s of Hollywood
Grauman’s Chinese and Egyptian theaters
Griffith Park
Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Hollywood Heritage Museum
NBC Radio City Studios
Paramount Studios
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium
Rock Walk

Prominent schools of advanced education in Hollywood include the Los Angeles Film School, Emerson College, and Columbia College Hollywood.