History of Hollywood

When most people think of the early days of Hollywood, they go back all the way to 1902, when the Hollywood Hotel first opened in the city. Los Angeles in general was small at that point in time, and Hollywood had not yet been expanded to its current levels. The hotel was originally intended to attract land buyers and develop the city even more, and its founder H. J. Whitley was a huge part of that process. He helped to promote the area to those o­n the outside and was also instrumental in developing Hollywood as a place where the movies were famous.

Not long after that, in 1911, the first movie studio opened in Hollywood. The first company to open up there was the Centaur Company, which was based out of New Jersey. That company opened in an effort to shoot Western-style movies in the city, and more studios quickly followed. The city of Los Angeles was already home to much movie making, so it was natural that more movie producers would make the short move to Hollywood to enhance their appeal. By 1915, Hollywood and Los Angeles had supplanted New York City as the place where the most movies in America were produced at the time.

Hollywood got some help in the 1920s, as the development of the railroad helped to bring more people into the city. Hollywood Boulevard itself became more developed in the 1950s, with the “Walk of Fame” being created back in 1958 as a tribute to the great artists of that time. These days, Hollywood is o­nly the home of movie production in name. Most of the major movie studios have moved to other parts of Los Angeles, with Paramount Pictures being the long company still holding its physical offices in Hollywood. Still, it is a place with amazing allure and a reputation that stands alone.