Hollywood Blvd.


Hollywood Boulevard is a boulevard in Hollywood, California, United States, beginning at Sunset Boulevard in the east and running northwest to Vermont Avenue, where it straightens out and runs due west to Laurel Canyon Blvd. West of Laurel Canyon it continues as a small residential street in the hills, finally ending at Sunset Plaza Drive, just off Sunset Boulevard. On the east side of Hollywood Boulevard it passes through the neighborhoods of Little Armenia and Thai Town. The Hollywood Blvd. pictures, on this site, are very detailed and clear. The famous street was named Prospect Avenue from 1887 to 1910, when the town of Hollywood was annexed to the city of Los Angeles. Shortly after the turn of the twentieth century, street cars ran regularly east and west on the boulevard. Riders could take the street car from downtown Los Angeles, go through Hollywood and West Hollywood and end up at Santa Monica. The last of the street car tracks were removed from Hollywood Boulevard in the late 1950s. After annexation, the street numbers changed from 100 Prospect Avenue, at Vermont Avenue, to 6400 Hollywood Boulevard. During the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, Hollywood Boulevard was one of the most popular shopping areas in Southern California. After World War II, shopping in Hollywood began to decline. This was due to the development of the San Fernando Valley where families moved to raise their children. The advent of "shopping centers" also contributed to decline of shopping in Hollywood. By the mid-1960s, many of the upscale stores along Hollywood Boulevard began having massive sales to attractive customers. It wasn't uncommon to see butcher paper tape to the large glass show windows claiming "Sale, Sale, Sale." It wasn't long before many store closed their doors leaving many stores spaces vacant. For the next forty years, Hollywood Boulevard was really "seedy", with many stores selling cheap merchandise in an attempt to attract tourist into their stores. In 1946 Gene Autry rode his horse in the Hollywood Christmas parade and was inspired by the children yelling "Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus," to write the song "Here Comes Santa Claus" along with Oakley Haledman. Then, the boulevard was nicknamed "Santa Claus Lane". The Santa Claus Lane Parade passes down Hollywood Boulevard every Sunday after Thanksgiving. During the 1950's Hollywood was a favorite place for teenagers to show off their cars as they "cruised Hollywood Boulevard". In 1958, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which runs from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue, was created. The first star was placed in 1958 as a tribute to artists working in the entertainment industry. Joanne Woodward was one of five celebrities to be the first inductees to the Walk of Fame. The Walk of Fame has honored over 1,800 people by placing their names the terrazzo side walk. The Hollywood extension of the Metro R subway line was opened in June 1999. Running from downtown L.A. to the San Fernando Valley, it has stops on Hollywood Boulevard at Western Avenue, at Vine Street and at Highland Avenue. Metro local lines 180, 181 and 217 and Metro Rapid line 780 serve Hollywood Boulevard. On this site are scores of Hollywood Blvd. photos, Hollywood Blvd. pictures and Hollywood Blvd. pics. All are available for purchase

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GRADING HOLLYWOOD BLVD.
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HOLLYWOOD BLVD. & GOWER ST.
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Hollywood Blvd. & Wilcox Ave. E. C. Hurd's house in background
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Pepper trees on Hollywood Blvd. at Wilcox Ave.
Hollywood Blvd.GRADING HOLLYWOOD BLVD.
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Hollywood Blvd.HOLLYWOOD BLVD. & GOWER ST.
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Hollywood Blvd.Hollywood Blvd. & Wilcox Ave. E. C. Hurd's house in background
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Hollywood Blvd.Pepper trees on Hollywood Blvd. at Wilcox Ave.
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Looking NW at Prospect Ave.(Hollywood Blvd.) & Cahuenga Ave.
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Hollywood Blvd.
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Hollywood Blvd. just west of Wilcox Ave.
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N.W. corner of Hollywood Blvd. & Wilcox Ave.
Hollywood Blvd.Looking NW at Prospect Ave.(Hollywood Blvd.) & Cahuenga Ave.
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Hollywood Blvd.Hollywood Blvd.
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Hollywood Blvd.Hollywood Blvd. just west of Wilcox Ave.
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Hollywood Blvd.N.W. corner of Hollywood Blvd. & Wilcox Ave.
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SW corner of Hollywood Blvd. & Las Palmas Ave
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HOLLYWOOD BLVD. & WHITLEY AVE.
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LOOKING EAST ON HOLLYWOOD BLVD.
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Hollywood Blvd. & Cahuenga Ave.
Hollywood Blvd.SW corner of Hollywood Blvd. & Las Palmas Ave
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Hollywood Blvd.HOLLYWOOD BLVD. & WHITLEY AVE.
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Hollywood Blvd.LOOKING EAST ON HOLLYWOOD BLVD.
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Hollywood Blvd.Hollywood Blvd. & Cahuenga Ave.
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