Hollywood sign (USA) – description, history, location. Exact address, phone number, website. Reviews of tourists, photos and videos.
The white letters that form the inscription HOLLYWOOD, surrounded by the lush green slopes of Mount Lee, are without exaggeration the most recognizable “settlement” sign on the planet and also the only one that has its own website. The symbol of the Dream Factory, Los Angeles, California and, often, the entire States, the inscription “Hollywood” first appeared in 1923 – and over the past almost a century has repeatedly become the object of ridicule, a reason for curious scandals and a cinematic landscape.
A bit of history
The history of the most famous sign began in 1923. Then no one else could have thought about the Dream Factory, the neighborhoods of Los Angeles were uninhabited hectares of land with a complete lack of any amenities. With the onset of the construction boom, demand for land plots arose, and then enterprising agents began to offer plots for sale outside the city. The Hollywoodland inscription was created to attract the attention of buyers to the suburban lots of land. The sign was supposed to stand for only a year and a half, but then the star of the Hollywood film factory rose to the horizon of the world cinema, and they decided to leave the inscription, omitting the ending “-land”.
Over time, the sign decayed, which did not go unnoticed by the stars of Hollywood. In 1978, nine representatives of the American show business divided the costs of the restoration of the inscription – by letter on the “nose”. The new letters were made from super-strong (and expensive) Australian steel – and the old ones were sold at auction for a round sum of 450 thousand USD.
Where to look
The Hollywood sign is visible from virtually anywhere in Los Angeles. For perfect photos, as well as to enjoy the view of the inscription from afar, it makes sense to come to the observation deck of Griffith Park, located exactly opposite Mount Lee.
An important point: climbing Mount Lee to the sign is prohibited by law. The sign itself is digitally guarded around the clock and monitored by the park rangers.
Another popular spot for photo shoots in front of the sign is the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue, near the Kodak Theater, where the Hollywood & Highland Center is located. You can get here by car or by the red metro line.
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