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Hollywood and the Studios

The Tinseltown mythology of Los Angeles was born in Hollywood, still one of the city’s largest and most vibrant neighborhoods. In the Hollywood Hills to the north of Franklin Avenue sit some of the most marvelous mansions the moguls ever built; in the flats below Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards are the classic Hollywood bungalows where studio workers once resided. Reputation aside, though, it's mostly a workaday neighborhood without the glitz and glamour of places like Beverly Hills. The only major studio still located in Hollywood is Paramount; Warner Bros., Disney, and Universal Studios Hollywood are to the north, in Burbank and Universal City.

Of course, the "idea" of Hollywood as a center of the entertainment industry encompasses more than just that one neighborhood: to the north there’s Studio City, a thriving strip at the base of the Hollywood Hills that’s home to many smaller film companies; Universal City, where you’ll find Universal Studios Hollywood; and bustling Burbank, home of several of the major studios. North Hollywood, a suburban enclave that’s actually in the San Fernando Valley, has its own thriving arts district. Los Feliz, to the east, where you’ll find Griffith Park and the hip and trendy Vermont Avenue area. Beyond that you’ll find Silver Lake and Echo Park.

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