Hollywood & Vine is one of the most famous intersections in Los Angeles. This has something to do with the fact that the immediate area was formerly a major base for radio and movie businesses. As a result of this, the intersection basically developed an iconic appeal, the likes of which has been bolstered by its reference in numerous songs, films, and other popular media. Also worth highlighting is the fact that Hollywood & Vine became the central point of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the 1950's, and it is where you will find the renowned Pantages Theatre; it's also less than a mile east of the famous Hollywood & Highland intersection. This theater was built in 1930, and among other things, it played host to Academy Award ceremonies between the years of 1949 and 1959.
During the golden age of Hollywood, Hollywood & Vine was very much an industry hot spot. Major studios certainly favored the area, and for a period of twelve years, it was the main base for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. These days, few production facilities remain at Hollywood & Vine, though there is no denying the intersection’s interesting entertainment industry history. Thanks to a few old buildings, the architecture buff is just as likely to enjoy a visit as is the history buff, and if nothing else, Hollywood & Vine can make for a fine place to begin a Hollywood tour. Directly below the intersection is a Metro Red Line station, it should be noted. This station is aptly known as the Hollywood & Vine Station, and it provides convenient access for those who don’t want to deal with the hassle of driving in Los Angeles.
While visiting Hollywood & Vine, you can check out the Walk of Fame stars, admire the nearby Capitol Records Building, dive into one of the area bars or restaurants, or see what the area shops have to offer. You might also wander over to the W Hollywood Hotel and book a room. There’s certainly plenty to do in the area, and the W Hotel can make for an excellent LA travel base.
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