Hollywood Landmarks: Hollywood and Vine

The film-themed Hollywood and Vine subway station on the Red Line has the most elaborate design of any Metro station.

The intersection of Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles so embodies the myth of the Hollywood Dream, some believe the surrounding buildings are haunted by ghosts of Hollywood’s past. Over the years it has been home to a number of iconic landmarks, including restaurants, theaters and production studios in which many of our most beloved movies, radio and TV shows were created and aired.

Originally purchased by Horace H. Wilcox and subdivided in 1887, he named the main thoroughfare Prospect Avenue and the cross-street Weyse Avenue. Prospect was soon renamed Hollywood Boulevard and Weyse became Vine Street, more commonly known today as the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine.

It was a large lemon grove in 1903 with only a church building on it, until the early 1920s. In the early years of silent movies, entrepreneurs such as Mack Sennett and Charlie Chaplin used it as an outdoor backlot for their films. Others movie-makers found it the perfect wide-open, rural area to shoot westerns and chase scenes.

It didn’t take long for Hollywood and Vine to become – read more –

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The full article “Hollywood Landmarks:  Hollywood and Vine” is published on Associated Content from Yahoo! at this link:

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