What’s Doing in Hollywood and West Hollywood
Hollywood, California is a city that needs no introduction. The epicenter of the film industry since its incorporation as a municipality in 1903, Hollywood is a name recognized the world over as being synonymous with movies, glitz, and glamour.
H.J. Whitley, affectionately known as the “Father of Hollywood,” originally coined the term when looking out over the landscape while on his honeymoon. The real estate developer is said to have claimed that the “Holly” would represent England, while the “wood” part would represent his Scots heritage.
Meanwhile, the neighboring city of West Hollywood, commonly referred to as “WeHo” by Los Angeles residents (Angelinos), is a prominent city in the entertainment industry in its own right. Though not as identifiable with the movie business as Hollywood, WeHo is packed with nightclubs, restaurants, and comedy and music venues where many of cinema’s A-listers can be spotted.
The cities are just two of the many distinct areas that make up Los Angeles County, but for fans of cinema, nightlife, and celebrities, Hollywood and WeHo are the places to be.
WHAT TO DO
Hollywood proudly embraces its status as the nucleus of modern cinema, and the city is full of attractions and activities centered on the industry. Start out on Hollywood Boulevard at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which includes stars bearing the names of entertainment’s greatest icons.
Follow the Walk of Fame to the TCL Chinese Theatre (known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, its original name), the home of many of today’s biggest movie premieres, and see the signatures and hand and footprints in cement of cinema’s greatest icons Adjacent to the Chinese Theatre is the Dolby Theatre, where the annual Academy Awards ceremonies (Oscars) are held.