Hollywood is one of the few places in the world that is both a district and an industry. Keep reading to find out seven more fascinating facts about California‘s iconic neighborhood!
Number Seven: A Mediterranean Neighborhood in Los Angeles
Whitley Heights, the famous residential building on Hollywood Hills, was designed as a Mediterranean-style vicinity for celebrities and millionaires. Most of its houses were built to resemble Italian, French and Spanish seaside villas. It’s the first celebrity community ever built in America.
Number Six: One of the Most Diverse Districts in America
The area has said to be the most diverse neighborhood in Los Angeles, and one of the most diverse in the U.S., in relation to its size and population density. Almost half of the population is Latino or Hispanic, with other ethnic groups being Asian, White and Black. In 2000, it was estimated that 52% of Hollywood’s population were born abroad.
Number Five: The Only Designated Thai Town in America
Located in East Hollywood, right next to Hollywood Boulevard, Thai Town is a six-block area home to some 80,000 Thais living in California. It was officially established in 1999 by unanimous vote, although the neighborhood had already existed as a popular vicinity for immigrant communities for several decades.
Number Four: There’s a Time Capsule under Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
In 2010, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce buried a time capsule under the same exact spot the famous walk originated to commemorate its 50th anniversary. Bob Barker was in charge of burying the capsule, which is set to be opened in 2060.
Number Three: It’s Got Only One Major Movie Studio
The Hollywood district is currently home to just one of the big movie studios in America; Paramount. All other major studios were relocated to different parts of Los Angeles. Nevertheless, Paramount has acquired a significant number of smaller studios in the district, growing into an impressive 65-acre lot—bigger than Anaheim’s Disneyland.
Number Two: Candy Dispenser Toilets
“Sweet! Hollywood” is a one of a kind candy store. Choose from a remarkable selection of candies, most of which are packed in celebrity-patterned wrapping paper. If you don’t find what you were looking for, don’t worry, because you can also build your own sweet creations. Make sure not to miss the urinal-shaped candy dispenser before you leave!
Number One: Hollywood Cemeteries Show Movies
The film industry is so present in Hollywood that even cemeteries host screenings. Hollywood’s Forever Cemetery has held a summer film festival since 2002 called Cinespia. Advertised as “one of the most magical nightlife entertainment experiences in greater Los Angeles,” the festival includes classic film screenings, concerts, themed photo booths and even a picnic. Cinespia is so popular, it sold out every night in its 2015’s edition.