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Hollywood is a district in Los Angeles, California, situated west-northwest of Downtown Los Angeles.
Due to its fame and cultural identity as the historical center of movie studios and movie stars,
the word "Hollywood" is often used as a metonym for the cinema of the United States.
Today much of the movie industry has dispersed into surrounding areas such as Burbank
and the Los Angeles Westside but significant auxiliary industries, such as editing, effects, props,
post-production and lighting companies, remain in Hollywood.
Many historic Hollywood theaters are used as venues and concert stages to premiere major
theatrical releases and host the Academy Awards.
It is a popular destination for nightlife and tourism and home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Although it is not the typical practice of the city of Los Angeles to establish specific boundaries
for districts or neighborhoods, Hollywood is a recent exception.
On February 16, 2005, Assembly Members Goldberg and Koretz introduced a bill to require
California to keep specific records on Hollywood as though it were independent.
For this to be done, the boundaries were defined. This bill was unanimously supported by the
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the LA City Council.
Assembly Bill 588 was approved by the Governor on August 28, 2006 and now the district of Hollywood
has official borders. The border is shown at the right and can be loosely described as the area east of
Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, south of Mulholland Drive, Laurel Canyon, Cahuenga Blvd. and Barham Blvd.
and the cities of Burbank and Glendale, north of Melrose Avenue and west of the Golden State Freeway and
Note that this includes all of Griffith Park and Los Feliztwo areas that were hitherto generally
considered separate from Hollywood by most Angelenos.
The population of the district, including Los Feliz, as of the 2000 census was 167,664 and the
median household income was $33,409 in 1999.
As a portion of the city of Los Angeles, Hollywood does not have its own municipal government,
but does have an official, appointed by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, who serves as
"Honorary Mayor of Hollywood" for ceremonial purposes only.
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