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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 notion of Hollywood as a center of the entertainment industry can be expanded to include more than one neighborhood: to the north is Studio City, a thriving strip at the base of the Hollywood Hills which is home to many smaller film companies; Universal City, where you’ll find Universal Studios Hollywood; and Burbank, home to several 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, is where you’ll find Griffith Park and the trendy Vermont Avenue area where you can shop, browse for books, or catch a movie at the independent theater. Even further east you’ll find the arty havens of Silver Lake and Echo Park.

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