Sunset Blvd.


Sunset Boulevard is a street in the western part of Los Angeles, California, that stretches from Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Coast Highway at the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Palisades. The street is an icon of Hollywood celebrity culture and the phrase "Sunset Boulevard" is an enduring shorthand for the glamor associated with Hollywood The best-known section of Sunset Boulevard is probably the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, which is a center for nightlife in the Los Angeles area. The Sunset Strip is the name given to the mile and a half stretch of Sunset Boulevard that passes through West Hollywood, California. It extends from West Hollywood's eastern border with Hollywood at Harper Avenue, to its western border with Beverly Hillsat Sierra Drive. The Strip is probably the best known portion of Sunset, embracing a premier collection of boutiques, restaurants, rock clubs, and nightclub that are on the cutting edge of the entertainment industry. It is also known for its trademark array of huge, colorful billboards and has developed a notoriety as a hang out for rock stars, movie stars and entertainers. As the Strip lies outside of the Los Angeles city limits and was an unincorporated area under the jurisdiction of the County of Los Angeles, the area fell under the less-vigilant jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Department rather than the heavy hand of the LAPD. It was illegal to gamble in the city, but legal in the county. This fostered the building of a rather wilder concentration of nightlife than Los Angeles would tolerate, and in the 1920s a number of nightclubs and casinos moved in along the Strip, which attracted movie people to this less-restricted area; alcohol was served in back rooms during Prohibition. Glamour and glitz defined the Strip in the 1930s and the 1940s, as its renowned restaurants and clubs became a playground for the rich and famous. There were movie legends and power brokers, and everyone who was anyone danced to stardom at such legendary clubs as Ciro's, the Mocambo and the Cafe Trocadero. Some of its expensive nightclubs and restaurants were said to be owned by gangsters like Mickey Cohen, earning the Strip a place in Raymond Chandler's 1949 Philip Marlowe novel, The Little Sister. Other spots on the strip associated with Hollywood include the Garden of Allah hotel/apartments — Hollywood quarters for transplanted writers like Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, and F. Scott Fitzgerald — and Schwab's Pharmacy By the early 1960s, the Strip lost favor with the majority of movie people, but its restaurants, bars and clubs continued to serve as an attraction for locals and out-of-town visitors. In the mid-1960s and the 1970s it became a major gathering-place for the counterculture— and the scene of the Sunset Strip curfew riots in the summer of 1966, involving police and crowds of hippies serving as the inspiration for the Buffalo Springfield song "For What It's Worth". Go-Go Dancers performed at such spots as the famous Whisky-A-Go-Go. Bands like Van Halen, Motley Crue, Poisen Ratt, Quiet Riot, L.A. Guns, Whitesnake, Guns N' Roses, The Doors, The Byrds, Love, The Seeds, Frank Zappa and many others played at clubs like the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Roxy's, Pandora's Box and the London Fog. As the Strip became a haven for musical artists in the 1960s and 1970s, the Hyatt West Hollywood (now known as the Andaz West Hollywood) became a hotel of legend. Many musicians lived or stayed at the hotel for the easy access to the live music venues on Sunset Boulevard.

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Sunset Blvd. At Plummer St. in West Hollywood
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Sunset Blvd. & Gower St.
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Sunset Blvd. & Laurel Canyon
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Sunset Blvd.Sunset Blvd. At Plummer St. in West Hollywood
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Sunset Blvd.
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Horses and riders at the rear of the Sunset Livery Stable on Sunset Blvd., just west of Cahuenga Ave
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Sunset Blvd.Horses and riders at the rear of the Sunset Livery Stable on Sunset Blvd., just west of Cahuenga Ave
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Carriages on Sunset Blvd., just west of Cahuenga Ave.
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A hearse carriage in front of the Sunset Livery & Boarding Stable, just west of Cahuenga Ave.
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Carriages in front of the Sunset Livery & Boarding Stable on Sunset Blvd., just west of Cahuenga Ave.
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Sunset Blvd. & Fairfax Ave.
Sunset Blvd.Carriages on Sunset Blvd., just west of Cahuenga Ave.
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Sunset Blvd.A hearse carriage in front of the Sunset Livery & Boarding Stable, just west of Cahuenga Ave.
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Sunset Blvd.Carriages in front of the Sunset Livery & Boarding Stable on Sunset Blvd., just west of Cahuenga Ave.
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Sunset Blvd.Sunset Blvd. & Fairfax Ave.
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